Here’s How Kelsea Ballerini And Kelly Clarkson Inspired Alexandra Kay To Find Healing Through Songwriting

“I had so much music to relate to at the time that I really listened to and clung to to get me through what I was going through,” Kay dished.

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Melanie Rooten

Originally from Southern California and currently residing in Music City, Melanie graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Journalism before beginning her career as a music and entertainment journalist. Beginning to write for Music Mayhem in August of 2023, she has also contributed to Holler, Country Now, Country Chord, Celeb Secrets, Celeb Secrets Country, We Got This Covered and Decider throughout her career thus far. When she is not writing, Melanie enjoys going to concerts and music festivals, binging her favorite television shows, spending time with her friends and family and cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners (of course).

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Posted on October 30, 2023

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Alexandra Kay; Photo Courtesy of Steph Siau | Kelly Clarkson, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMA

As of October 26, Alexandra Kay‘s debut album, All I’ve Ever Known, is available on all music streaming platforms, and its contents dive into some of the most troubling times of her life, detailing her divorce from her partner of ten years.

Debut Album, All I’ve Ever Known

While fans might have caught on over the past few months based on differences in her social media tendencies (after all, she has amassed nearly four million followers on TikTok), the star-in-the-making has been going through an extremely difficult period of her life after making the decision to part ways with her husband, and all the tunes featured on All I’ve Ever Known reveal the details.

“This is something that I’ve been going through for over a year now, and people are just hearing about it for the first time,” Kay dished in an exclusive interview with Music Mayhem. “I know that fans noticed, and my followers noticed last year whenever I wasn’t in my yellow kitchen making coffee anymore and I was in this new apartment, and they never saw my husband anymore who I used to include in my videos all the time and I used to talk about all the time.”

“I think when they started not seeing him anymore and they started realizing like the scenery change, everybody started to catch on a little bit,” the talented singer/songwriter continued.

Alexandra Kay 'All I've Ever Known' Album Art
Alexandra Kay ‘All I’ve Ever Known’ Album Art

Says Kelly Clarkson And Kelsea Ballerini Are “Super Inspirational”

Detailing the good, the bad, and the ugly of her divorce throughout the eleven-track project, writing was not the only thing that the Illinois native used as a coping mechanism during these troubling times. In the same interview, Kay revealed that recently-divorced stars like Kelly Clarkson and Kelsea Ballerini inspired her to put her heart on the line.

“It was really ironic that in the middle of my situation happening, you know, I think Kelly Clarkson was writing about her divorce and Kelsea Ballerini was putting out her EP, and I just felt like I had so much music to relate to at the time that I really listened to and clung to get me through what I was going through,” she prefaced.

Kelly Clarkson, Kelsea Ballerini, Carly Pearce; Photo Courtesy of CMA/ABC
Kelly Clarkson, Kelsea Ballerini, Carly Pearce; Photo Courtesy of CMA/ABC

Gained Strength Through Songwriting

The powerhouse vocalist deemed the music of Clarkson and Ballerini to be “super inspirational” as she was experiencing a divorce of her own, sharing how they motivated her to find healing through songwriting herself.

“I just really looked at those females and the strength that they gained through their writing and their creativity, and I was like, ‘Wow, you know, there is light at the end of the tunnel,’ and also just for my fans,” Kay explained, before diving into the first-hand experiences she has had with her supporters since opening up in her music.

“I’ve been sharing music from this record since last year when it started. Right when we started writing songs, I started sharing some songs from the album like during the Backroad Therapy Tour, and people would come up to me at the meet and greets and just be like, ‘I went through it too,’ and give me a huge hug, and just make me feel like I wasn’t the only one,” she gushed.

She concluded with a beaming smile, “Just being a Christian in general and all of the values and things that come along with that, it was really, really hard for me to feel like anybody could relate to what I was going through, and so the fans were really there for me, especially at the beginning.”

Fans can listen to Alexandra Kay’s new album, All I’ve Ever Known, from start to finish on their favorite music streaming platform now. Click HERE to purchase the album.

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Originally from Southern California and currently residing in Music City, Melanie graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Journalism before beginning her career as a music and entertainment journalist. Beginning to write for Music Mayhem in August of 2023, she has also contributed to Holler, Country Now, Country Chord, Celeb Secrets, Celeb Secrets Country, We Got This Covered and Decider throughout her career thus far. When she is not writing, Melanie enjoys going to concerts and music festivals, binging her favorite television shows, spending time with her friends and family and cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners (of course).

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