By Robyn Collins
Against a backdrop of private planes and blue sky, Ballerini, her band and co-writers performed “Peter Pan” for a room full of friends, family and Music Row executives. The country star wrote the song with Forest Glen Whitehead and Jesse Lee.
“I think that people who haven’t experienced that kind of heartbreak yet like (the song) because it’s a story that everyone knows,” Ballerini said of the song. “It’s the story of Peter Pan. It’s the classic fairy tale. But for people who have experienced it, it’s a kind of heartbreak that not a lot of people talk about.”
Ballerini is the first female country singer to have her first three radio singles—all of which she co-wrote—go to No. 1.
“As a creative person, I think the biggest thing you can do for another creative person is share your creativity,” she said. “This is one of the songs I’m most proud to have written. I wanted it be special and magical and it was.”
The country star went on saying, “It’s not someone that cheats or does some massive thing that’s wrong. It’s someone that doesn’t emotionally match another person. It’s a sad kind of thing to get over and get through because you can’t put your finger one thing, it just doesn’t work and that’s that.”
“Peter Pan” is from Ballerini’s debut album “The First Time,” which is also includes her hits “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Dibs.” The singer released her fourth single “Yeah Boy” to country radio this week. She was presented with a gold album for “The First Time” during the party. Ballerini is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the 50th CMA Awards, which will air 7 p.m. Nov. 2 on ABC.
The country star is scheduled to appear at CBS Radio’s Stars and Strings event Nov. 9, at The Chicago Theater.