Kelsea Ballerini Puts a Dreamy Spin on Shawn Mendes' 'Lost In Japan': Listen

Kelsea Ballerini
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Kelsea Ballerini performs onstage for opening night of The Unapologetically Tour at The Alabama Theatre on Feb. 8, 2018 in Birmingham, Ala.

Kelsea Ballerini released a jazzy cover of Shawn Mendes' "Lost In Japan" on Wednesday (Jan.16).

The Spotify Single highlights Ballerini's silky smooth vocals as she adds a dash of country to the R&B-inspired track. But instead of bringing in a banjo, Ballerini kept some of the tune's original funk by adding a groovy bassline and even a horn section.

The 25-year-old brings you into her dreamy rendition right from the begining by replacing Mendes' piano intro with gentle strings. This sweetened vibe carries through the whole song and peaks when Ballerini reaches her higher register during the bridge and breathily sings "let's get lost tonight."

This isn't the first time "Lost In Japan" has been given a new spin. Zedd gave the track (from Mendes' self-titled third album) an electronic touch that landed it in the top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In addition to the cover, Ballerini released an alternate version of her hit "Miss Me More" off of her Grammy-nominated album Unapologetically. Both singles were recorded at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville.

Check out Ballerini's "Lost In Japan" cover on Spotify below:


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