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Kelsea Ballerini

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Rare are the number of country female artists who earn a number one hit on the Billboard charts from their debut album. Kelsea Ballerini is one of them. 

When Ballerini was just 22 years old, she released her 2015 debut LP The First Time. It featured “Love Me Like You Mean It”, which went on to hit no. 1 on the Country Airplay chart. From there, Ballerini’s star has been set. 

The same year as her debut, she won the Billboard Women in Music Award for Rising Star, the ACM Award for New Female Vocalist of the Year and was nominated for the prestigious Best New Artist category at the Grammys.

Riding those accolades, she followed The First Time with her best-selling album Unapologetically in 2017, refining her hybrid country-pop sound, which favors moving storytelling as much as it does soaring rhythms. 

Her third studio album Kelsea followed in 2019 – the same year she was invited by Little Big Town to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. In April, Carrie Underwood inducted her. 

Quick on the heels of Kelsea, Ballerini released her fourth studio album in 2020, titling it after her last name. Ballerini serves as a stripped down companion to Kelsea. 

  • Full name: Kelsea Ballerini
  • Born: September 12, 1993
  • Hometown: Mascot, TN
  • Fun facts: Ballerini filled in for Kelly Clarkson briefly as a coach on The Voice.
  • Genre: Country, Pop
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BREAKINGKelsea Ballerini Unveils Second Leg of Dates for 2023 HEARTFIRST Tour

By Maxim Mower, January 12, 2023

The ‘half of my hometown’ hitmaker will bring her eagerly awaited tour to Toronto, Cleveland, Atlantic City and more.

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Kelsea Ballerini Announces UK 2023 Tour

By Maxim Mower, December 6, 2022

The tour will see the country megastar playing in Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and London.

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By Maxim Mower, September 26, 2022

The most important of gifts that Ballerini gives us is a record so affectionately her own.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Kelsea Ballerini Songs

By Bee Delores, January 7, 2022

Revisiting her songbook so far, we handpick Ballerini's best songs, from hit singles to essential deep cuts.

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ALBUM REVIEWKelsea Ballerini - ballerini

By Emily Algar, December 18, 2020

Kelsea Ballerini strips away the gloss on ballerini to show there really are two sides to every story.