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​Kelsea to Receive 'Rising Star' Honor & Perform at Billboard's Women in Music

November 11, 2015

Kelsea will be honored with the Rising Star award at Billboard's Women in Music event in New York Dec 11. This award is given to an artist whose success on the Billboard charts and talent demonstrate a clear path to success. Read the full article here.

Kelsea Set To Light Up The Snowy Mountains

October 22, 2015

Kelsea was announced in the lineup for the 2016 Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival next March in Australia. She will be performing alongside Kip Moore and Aussie legend Daryl Braithwaite. Early bird tickets are available for purchase starting Wednesday, October 22 here.

​Kelsea Nominated For First American Music Award!

October 13, 2015

This morning Kelsea was nominated for 'Favorite Female Artist - Country' among Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. This is a fan voted award so make sure to vote here The 2015 AMA's are scheduled to air live on Nov. 22nd at 8/7c on ABC.

​Kelsea To Perform at the 49th Annual CMA Awards!

October 13, 2015

The Country Music Association announced CMA Award performances Monday, Oct 12. Kelsea who is nominated for 2 awards, Female Vocalist of the Year & New Artist of the Year, will also perform live on Nov 4th. The 2015 CMA Awards are scheduled to air live from Nashville on Nov. 4 at 8PM ET on ABC.


October 07, 2015

Kelsea takes you backstage at the CMA Award Nominations that were revealed on ‘Good Morning America' on September 9th in New York City. Alongside country rocker, Steven Tyler, the pair announced the award nominees for 12 of the award categories that will be awarded to the winners on…

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Tour Dates

Dec 5 2015
McAllen, TX Kelsea Ballerini at Wink's
Dec 6 2015
Houston, TX Kelsea Ballerini at Hard Rock Cafe
Dec 10 2015
Cincinnati , OH Kelsea Ballerini at Madison Theatre
Dec 31 2015
Nashville, Tennessee Kelsea Ballerini at the Music City NYE
Jan 21 2016
Sayreville, NJ Kelsea Ballerini at Starland Ballroom
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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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