COUNTRY Hit From An R & B Songwriter? Kelsea Ballerini Heard It! Do You?

You know how it is in life. Sometimes things don't turn out exactly the way you might think. On Songland, it was a case of R & B singer/songwriter Darius Coleman performing his song Better Luck Next Time in front of the record producer panel of Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean and Shane McAnally. ALSO last night, there was guest country artist Kelsea Ballerini.

On paper, the other songwriters competing in the final four might have a been a little closer to the country genre "label." A better edge perhaps. But a great song is a great song. All it needed was a little tweaking help from OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder to get Kelsea's attention. She really liked what she heard. And when Darius sang the lyric line "hit like a shot of tequila without the lime," it reached the depths of her country soul. It's just the way Kelsea wanted it. "I'm kind of in this place right now of pushing myself and trying things that I've never done before."

Darius Coleman has been looking for his breakout moment for years. Better Luck Next Time may be all the luck he needed to get started.

 
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