Introducing Kelsea Ballerini, one of the most promising newcomers in country music.
The future of women in country music is very bright. Mickey Guyton, Maddie and Tae, Lindsay Ell, RaeLynn, and Kelsea Ballerini are a few females on the horizon in country music. These women have all created a buzz in recent months through their charting singles, EP releases, opening spots on major tours and Grand Ole Opry debuts.
Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini is one of the most promising newcomers in the genre. Her single “Love Me Like You Mean It” hit country radio airwaves in 2014, her self-titled EP was released Nov. 24, 2014, she’s one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, and she’s already graced the Grand Ole Opry stage twice.
At Ballerini’s Grand Ole Opry debut on Valentine’s Day, she announced her album The First Time, slated to be released May 19. The album’s name is fitting, as it’s her debut record, and she’s experiencing quite a few “firsts” as an up and coming artist. For a taste of the record, listen to Ballerini’s self-titled EP and watch the lyric video for the title track, “The First Time,” below.
The First Time will include the five songs on her EP, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Yeah Boy,” “First Time,” “Dibs,” “Looking At Stars” and seven new songs. Ballerini’s unique country-pop sound is fresh to the genre. She had a hand in writing all 12 tracks on the record and has mastered writing relatable lyrics. She also can write songs with sass like “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Yeah Boy,” and “Dibs” as well as heart-wrenching songs like “First Time.” Whether an upbeat song or ballad, the quality of lyrics make you want to turn up your radio and sing along. Check out these five songs from her upcoming album.
Ballerini created a lot of buzz earlier this month when she attracted the attention of Taylor Swift, who gave her a shout out and the seal of approval through a Tweet on March 9.
Within hours of Swift’s Tweet, Ballerini’s EP shot from a position in the 40s on iTunes Top Country Albums Chart to No. 17, and it garnered press from MTV, Seventeen Magazine, and Perez Hilton, among others. Ballerini replied to Swift’s shout out with a Tweet thanking her for her kind words and coining Swift as one of her main inspirations when she began writing songs. Ballerini followed up with a throwback photo of herself with the superstar from years ago.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) March 9, 2015
It’s refreshing to see women breaking into the country industry after its bro-phase and even more refreshing to see women musicians supporting each other as Swift did with Ballerini. Swift’s influence is evident in Ballerini’s bubbly personality, use of social media to engage fans and her lyrics. However, the production and writing style is unique to Ballerini. Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey produced The First Time.
Before Swift, Bobby Bones was an early supporter of Ballerini. She’s been a guest on the show multiple times and has even played shows with Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have Bobby Bones, and the 80 markets that broadcast his show, on your side.
In addition to the album release, Ballerini will be touring this spring and summer. She currently has opening dates with Billy Currington and Brett Eldredge planned. If you’re hooked on Ballerini’s EP, make sure to pick up her debut album The First Time on May 19.