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Kelsea Sparkles With a Pair of First-Ever ACM Award Nominations

February 01, 2016

Nominations were announced today for the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards. Kelsea received her first-ever ACM award nominations in TWO categories - Female Vocalist of the Year and New Female Vocalist of the Year. The awards will be broadcasted live from Las Vegas on April 3, 2016 8pm…

ACM Party For a Cause: Full Lineup Announced

January 27, 2016

Kelsea joins ACM's Party For a Cause this April in Las Vegas, NV. Fans can purchase three-day passes at here. The full lineup is listed below in alphabetical order. Friday, April 1: 3:00 PM PT Gates Open Party Stage Performers: - Lauren Alaina - Kelleigh Bannen - Brandy Clark - Jana Kramer…

​Kelsea Closes Out 2015 With Numerous National TV Appearances

December 17, 2015

Kelsea will close out 2015 with numerous national TV appearances including Billboard's Women In Music event, American Country Countdown's 'Top 10 Stories of 2015' special & iHeart Radio's Jingle Ball special in addition to continual airings of PBS' National Christmas Tree Lighting broadcast…

Kelsea Named Radio Disney's Newest "NBT" (Next Big Thing) Featured Artist

December 16, 2015

Kelsea has been named Radio Disney's "NBT" (Next Big Thing) featured artist. Radio Disney's "NBT" program will follow Kelsea in a series of videos as she continues to skyrocket to success on the music charts. These videos will be presented nationally on Radio Disney, Disney Channel, the…

​Kelsea Joins ACM Party for a Cause Festival

December 16, 2015

The Academy of Country Music announced its 4th ACM Party For A Cause® Festival April 1-3, 2016 at Las Vegas Festival Grounds, in the heart of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Kelsea will join the main stage alongside Frankie Ballard, Lee Brice, Cam, Sam Hunt, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Kip…

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Feb 6 2016
Springfield , IL Kelsea Ballerini at Boondocks
Feb 12 2016
Silver Spring, MD Kelsea Ballerini at Stars 'n Guitars
Feb 18 2016
Oxford, OH Kelsea Ballerini at Brick Street Bar
Feb 25 2016
Indianapolis, IN Kelsea Ballerini with Billy Currington at Banker's Life Arena
Feb 26 2016
Greensboro, NC Kelsea Ballerini with Billy Currington at Greensboro Coliseum
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Kelsea Ballerini's breakout hit, "Love Me Like You Mean It," is just a taste of the country-pop sound in her imaginative catalog. The Knoxville, Tennessee native has dedicated the better part of the last decade to creating inspiring music, based on her life, to motivate others to live without fear of their emotions. Due May 18th, her full-length debut, The First Time, has Kelsea's credit behind every song. The album radiates positivity while exploring all facets of the human experience. She is a true poet, and The First Time reflects that.

Kelsea's refreshing approach to music is rooted in a vulnerable place. Turning to songwriting to help her through her parents' divorce, she first discovered Keith Urban's "Stupid Boy." Captured by the lyrics and the story, Kelsea knew she had found a creative home in country music and continued to uncover strength and inspiration from artists such as Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, and the Dixie Chicks.

"Life got rocky when I was 12," Kelsea says, "and this gift of songwriting just fell into my lap. It was literally this blessing that came at the perfect time. And for me, it's always been that steady thing in my life that I can always go back to."

Songwriting propelled Kelsea forward. At 15, she moved to Nashville with her mother to pursue music. Her fresh sound builds on her East Tennessee upbringing and musical influences ranging from Britney Spears to Kelly Clarkson to Frank Sinatra.

Kelsea’s vision, ambition, natural talent, and genuinely positive personality became abuzz on Music Row. "I would meet with anyone that would meet with me," Kelsea says. "I always approached meetings not expecting anything but just asking for advice. That way I never left disappointed."

Black River Publishing VP Celia Froehlig signed the burgeoning artist to a publishing deal in 2013. That December, at the company Christmas party, Black River Entertainment CEO Gordon Kerr offered Kelsea a record deal in the form of a wrapped present.

Kelsea's self-titled debut EP quickly gained her a loyal following and introduced fans to the hit single "Love Me Like You Mean It." With the release of The First Time, the twelve-song collection showcases her lovable, playful side with the catchy "Dibs" and "Yeah Boy." Kelsea sings of getting stood up by a former flame in the ballad "The First Time," while "Looking at Stars" is her fun-loving spin on a romantic dirt road date.

Kelsea delivers a head-spinning performance in the fiery fan favorite "XO," which calls out a man who’s still hung up on his ex. In the striking "Stilettos," she gives perspective on the quiet pain that women endure. The ballad takes inspiration from the Pinterest quote that reads, "Strong women wear their pain like stilettos. No matter how much it hurts, all you see is beauty."

"Peter Pan" is loaded with Neverland imagery, and addresses how running from love affects personal growth. Kelsea sings in the chorus, "Always going to fly away; Just because you know you can; Never going to learn there's no such place as Neverland; You don't understand; You'll never grow up; You're never going to be a man; Peter Pan."
Kelsea proves stronger than the heartbreak of her parents' divorce in the revealing "Secondhand Smoke." "Square Pegs" celebrates being yourself in a world where you can choose who you want to be. "Sirens" warns of the dangers of falling for a heartbreaker, while the youth anthem "Underage" paints a portrait of life before the age of 21.

With a bold approach to life, Kelsea’s connection to her fans comes from an unapologetic authenticity that is refreshing. "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 realness has garnered the support of superstars, media and fans alike. "Driving around with the @KelseaBallerini EP on repeat," Taylor Swift tweeted in early March. "So lovely." Little Big Town posted, "We've gotta #GirlCrush," and Dustin Lynch shared, "Hey @taylorswift13 you were right … @KelseaBallerini is on fire!"

Newly crowned one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country,” Kelsea is featured on several “ones to watch” lists for 2015, including Billboard, Country Weekly, Rolling Stone Country, The Huffington Post, and Spotify. NBC's Today Show spotlighted "Love Me Like You Mean It" on “iHoda,” Hoda Kotb's Playlist. USA Today, The Washington Post, Just Jared, and many more have glowing pieces on Kelsea.

Recently, Kelsea made her Grand Ole Opry debut and is currently co-headlining CMT’s inaugural “Next Women of Country” Tour. “Dreams do come true. I’m seeing it first hand. While I want to do it all, the arena tours and award shows, most of all, I just want to put out good music that matters.” The First Time is Kelsea’s first big opportunity to do that. “When I signed the record deal, in my heart I thought, ‘what do you want to say to the world? Because now, there are people who are going to help you say it.’”



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