She got to perform for the first time on the Grand Ole Opry back in February 2015, where she played her new single “Love Me Like You Mean It.” Kelsea Ballerini is an up and coming country music artist signed to Black River Entertainment. She was born in Knoxville, Tenn., and moved to Nashville at the age of 15 to pursue a career in music. Things have moved quickly for her from a young age. Named one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country” in 2014, she is someone to keep an eye on. We are going to take a look at one of country music’s newest female singers… Kelsea Ballerini.
Ballerini has a bold approach to life and wants to connect to her fans with a realness that comes across in her songs. “Letting yourself feel whatever you need to feel, not protecting yourself from emotion and dealing with it is what makes people, people,” Kelsea says. “It’s what makes writers good writers. It’s important to me to be vulnerable and transparent — that’s when people relate to music best. It’s not sugarcoated and it’s not super pretty. It’s just real.”
That’s what defines a great artist from a good artist-someone who can learn along the way.
Ballerini started a ten-city tour on April 30 and was scheduled to finish up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on May 28. Good news for her growing base of fans, because she will now continue touring all the way up to September with more dates being added, so things are starting to move for this young lady.
Her music is honed from the mountains of east Tennessee, where music has been a tradition for centuries. Some of her biggest influences range from Britney Spears to Kelly Clarkson to Frank Sinatra.
Having written her first song at age 13, her songwriting has also continued to evolve. She co-wrote her new single “Love Me Like You Mean It” with Josh Kerr, Forest Glen Whitehead and Lance Carpenter, and it is doing well on country radio. Ballerini is true to her word in keeping things real – as evidenced by a song she wrote called “Second Hand Smoke,” a which t has an impactful message and talks about the harm done to a child from the fighting of parents while going through a divorce.
So keep an eye out for Kelsea Ballerini. We are going to be hearing more from her!