Kelsea Ballerini was born in Tennessee, the land of country music. She started taking dance classes when she was three and also sang in the church and school choirs. Ballerini discovered her artistic side when she penned down her first song for her mother. It was however Keith Urban’s, “Stupid Boy” that motivated her to write. She also cites some of the biggest names in the music industry like, Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, Dixie Chicks and Rascal Flatts as her major inspirations.
Kelsea Ballerini moved to Nashville with her mother and took admission in the Lipscomb University. She spent a couple of years there and then decided to pursue a career in the music industry. With the support of her mother, the artist began to excel at songwriting at the age of fifteen. Her ambition, natural talent, positive personality and vision created a lot of buzz. She was ready to take over the world and was just waiting for an opportunity to knock on the door.
Kelsea Ballerini gets noticed
That moment finally came when Ballerini was discovered by Black River Entertainment who signed her up in 2013. Impressed by her talents, the CEO of the label, Gorden Kerr gave her a recording deal as a present at a Christmas party. It was a dream come true for her and she soon released her debut self-titled EP in 2014 which gained Kelsea some fan following.
‘The First Time’
Kelsea Ballerini then came out with her debut album, ‘The First Time’ in 2015 which picked up the number four spot on the US Top Country Albums chart. It produced two singles, Love Me Like You Mean It and Dibs. The album entered at thirty first spot on the Billboard 200 and has sold out more than twenty two thousand copies in the United States since its release.
The album contains a total of 12 catchy songs and she displays her playful and lovable side with tracks like Yeah boy and Dibs. The artist tells a tale of standing up by a former flame in The First Time while expresses her fun loving side with Looking at Stars. She delivers a fiery performance in XO and her striking side comes to fore with Stilettos through which she gives her take on the quiet pain that women bear. Her song, Peter Pan describes how running away from love affects personal growth. Square Pegs is a celebration of being yourself while Underage describes life before the age of 21.
Love Me Like You Mean It and success
Kelsea Ballerini’s Love Me Like You Mean It is her first number one hit single. It picked up the top spot on the US Country Airplay chart and went number three on Canada Country chart. She became the first solo female artist to pick up the first spot on the charts with her debut single since Carrie Underwood in 2006. The song was co-written by Josh Kerr, Lance Carpenter and Forest Glen Whitehead and received favorable reviews from the critics. Taste of Country stated, “Ballerini mixes modern production techniques with a straight-up country message to create an identifiable country-pop blend.” High praise indeed.
Kelsea Ballerini has made quite an impact since coming on to the music scene. She has made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry and will now also be co-headlining CMT’s inaugural tour, ‘Next Women of Country.’ She has also made it to the ‘To Watch’ list of Billboard, Rolling Stones and Spotify among a host of different publications. She is now gearing up for a tour and will be making a stop near you soon. If country music is what gets you going, then this is your chance to book Kelsea Ballerini tickets and catch this incredibly talented artist step on the stage to deliver an unforgettable performance.