Kelsea Ballerini Performs Cover of Keith Urban’s ‘Female’

Kelsea Ballerini got behind the positive message of Keith Urban's "Female" by covering the track in an acoustic setting.

Written by Kelly Brickey
Kelsea Ballerini Performs Cover of Keith Urban’s ‘Female’
Keith Urban, Photo credit: ABC/Image Group LA; Kelsea Ballerini, Photo credit: ABC/Image Group LA

In light of recent events flooding throughout the media, Keith Urban reminded country fans of the respect and admiration people should have for women through his single, “Female.” From that moment on, some of the biggest names in all of entertainment applauded Urban’s music efforts.

One hugely impacted artist fell into the hands of Kelsea Ballerini, who covered the empowering single in a raw, acoustic video posted to her social media pages. Inspired by the creators of the track, Ballerini dedicated her rendition to them and Urban as a thank you for stepping up to represent the issues rather than cowering away from pessimistic views.

“the reason i Love country music is because we have songwriters like @nicatnitemusic @shanemcanally and @rosscopperman who write lyrical and brilliant truth and artists like @keithurban who are bold enough to put it out into the world. bowing down to this one. #female,” Ballerini said of the inspiring cover.

More than a few other huge names in all of the industry stood behind Urban and his team for their brave message, including Reese Witherspoon who noted “the value of women” and Taylor Swift, who admittedly “adored” Urban’s CMA debut of “Female.”

Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Kelleigh Bannen also weighed in on the single’s release, and propped up its positive theme to listeners everywhere as seen supported by their own social media posts.

Written by Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman, “Female” breathes force and might back into ladies everywhere who ever felt underestimated or disrespected. Although Urban faced the negativity from critics following his performance of the tune, Galyon held her own for the country singer and her team because she believes, just as “Female” describes, that being a girl comes with grit and guts.

“I can only speak for myself. And I’m so freaking proud to be a female and to be called a female – feels more like a badge of honor to me,” the songwriter told NPR during an interview about the song’s meaning.

“Female” is available for purchase or streaming now.