During #ChevyCMA, we heard Kelsea Ballerini’s name quite a bit. Following #ChevyCMA, we have heard her voice even more. Thanks to the brilliance of Sirius XM The Highway, impatient country music fans who are too eager to wait for up and coming artists to be added to radio playlists are treated to little musical secrets. One of the most recent hidden treasures is Kelsea’s “Love Me Like You Mean It.”
Kelsea, a Black River Entertainment recording artist, delivers a sassy, yet sweet, song that is certainly country based, but is identifiably pop influenced. Incomparable to any song currently being played, Kelsea’s smooth southern vocals are accompanied by certain effects that are used appropriately and do not compromise the integrity of the song or Kelsea’s talents whatsoever. The instrumentation accompanying Kelsea creates for a toe-tapping, head-bopping listening experience, making this song equally enjoyable for sitting at home or when you’re on the go.
“Love Me Like You Mean It,” penned by Kelsea, along with Josh Kerr, Lance Carpenter, and Forest Glen Whitehead, is a straightforward approach to finding out whether a guy is looking for something real or simply looking to play games. The chorus begs:
If you’re gonna hold me, hold me like I’m leavin’; if you’re gonna kiss me, kiss me like you need it; baby, if you’re not your best, get to leavin’; if you’re gonna love me, love me like you mean it. If you’re gonna talk the talk, you better walk it; if you wanna keep me, keep me like you lost it; if you’re gonna say it, make me believe it; if you’re gonna love me, boy, love me like you mean it.
Make no mistake, Kelsea’s voice on the track is beautiful and the song presents itself as a mid-tempo love song, but behind the angelic vocal arrangement lies a confident girl who knows what she is looking for and won’t settle for less than she deserves. And what Kelsea deserves is a pat on the back and some serious fan support for her debut offering. Make sure to let The Highway know that you like what you are hearing so they keep playing “Love Me Like You Mean It.”
Listen to Kelsea Ballerini’s debut single below and download it on iTunes today:
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