Why I Don’t Write Music With Husband Morgan Evans

Kelsea Ballerini with Morgan Evans at the 55th Annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville (TN) on November 10, 2021.
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Creative boundaries! Kelsea Ballerini Morgan Evans won’t be writing music together anytime soon — which is just the way the country music couple likes it.

“We don’t [write together],” Ballerini, 28, explained during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Liveearlier this month. “You know, because we do the same thing all the time so we already bring it home. Imagine, like, them coming home and you’re, like, ‘Hey, like this hook? You want to write it?’ It’s just too much.”

The Tennessee native, who married her 37-year old husband in 2017, said that the couple have other ways to help one another in their careers.

“We both show each other everything. We’re pretty brutal,” she told guest host Chelsea Handler. “So I can only show him something if I’m like, ‘I know I love this, so even if he thinks it sucks, I’m still going to hang my hat on it.’ But I think you have to have that with anyone in your inner circle. You need that brutal honesty to you know, to know if it’s good or not.”

Ballerini previously opened up about when she made an exception to the couple’s rule and she and Evans worked side by side.

“During this whole process, Morgan and I always kind of said we’re never going to write together because, I don’t know, we just respect each other so much as songwriters,” the Grammy nominee exclusively told Us WeeklyIn October 2020, she was interested in rerecording her album during the COVID-19 quarantine. “I was worried that I’d get in the room and be like, ‘Oh, it’s weird that I’m writing a love song about you, with you.’ Like, I just thought I’d be so in my head about it.”

At the time, the “Other Girl” singer recalled being pleasantly surprised by the process, adding, “But we ended up starting to write together the last few months and it’s been so much fun when we’re just itching to play music, we’ll both just pick up a guitar and start writing, so that’s definitely been a good silver lining.”

The pair formed a connection after cohosting Australia’s Country Music Channel Awards in 2016. After just one year of dating, Evans and Ballerini were engaged. The couple later married in Cabo de San Lucas, Mexico.

The native of Australia, on the other hand, gushed about how his romance to Ballerini influenced him musically.

“It’s my story. It’s leaving behind everything and everyone you know to chase down a Country Music dream on the other side of the world. It’s the excitement of the unknown, it’s the fun, it’s the loneliness & it’s the struggle,” he wrote via Instagram in October 2018 about the inspiration behind his Things to Drink album. “It’s losing someone and finding the strength to keep your head up and make them proud. It’s meeting a girl, falling hopelessly, and marrying the love of your life.”

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