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Kelsea Ballerini
Kelsea Ballerini
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Kelsea Ballerini in 2015
Background information
Kelsea Nicole Ballerini
Born (1993-09-12) September 12, 1993 (age 24)
Mascot, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Country pop
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
2013-present
Labels Black River
Website kelseaballerini.com

Kelsea Nicole Ballerini[1] (born September 12, 1993)[2] is an American country pop singer and songwriter. She is signed to Black River Entertainment, and released her first album The First Time in 2015. Her second album Unapologetically was released on November 3, 2017. She received a nomination for Best New Artist at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Life and career

Ballerini grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee.[3] Her father Ed, a former sales manager for a country radio station, is of part Italian descent.[4][5] Her mother Carla, has worked in marketing for Thomas Nelson Bible publishing and a sponsorship company.[5] She is an only child. She started taking dance lessons at three and stopped ten years later.[6] She sang in the church and school choirs.[4] She wrote her first song at 12 for her mother[7] and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, three years later.[3] She attended Central High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, Centennial High School, in Franklin, Tennessee and then Lipscomb University for two years until she pursued a musical career.[8]

At 19, she signed a deal with Black River Entertainment.[3] In late 2014, she released her debut single "Love Me Like You Mean It", which debuted on the Country Airplay chart in October 2014.[9] She released a self-titled extended play for the label in November.[10] She was named one of CMT's Next Women of Country in 2014. She performed for the first time on the Grand Ole Opry on February 14, 2015 and sang "Love Me Like You Mean It".[4] For the chart dated July 4, 2015, "Love Me Like You Mean It" reached number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, making Ballerini the first solo female country music artist to score a number one hit with her debut single since Carrie Underwood did so with "Jesus, Take the Wheel" in 2006, and only the eleventh in history to achieve the feat.[11] Ballerini also became only the fifth solo female country music artist to score back-to-back number one hits with her first two singles when "Dibs" reached the top of the Country Airplay chart. She became the first to do it since Jamie O'Neal in 2001.[12] The album's third single, "Peter Pan", was released to country radio on March 21, 2016. "Peter Pan" reached number one on both the Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts in September, making Ballerini the first solo female country music artist to top both country music charts simultaneously.[13] This achievement also made her the first solo female to send her first three singles to number one since Wynonna Judd accomplished the same feat in 1992.[13] The album's fourth single, "Yeah Boy", was released to country radio on October 10, 2016. In early 2017, Ballerini was named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 - Music list at number two.[14][15] In 2017, Ballerini received two Academy of Country Music Award nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year for "Peter Pan."[16] In June 2017, Ballerini released "Legends" as the first single from her second studio album.[17]

Influences

Ballerini has been influenced by both artists in the pop music and country music field. Originally influenced by pop music, Ballerini states "I grew up on top 40 pop. I didn't know what country music was, which is so funny because I grew up on a farm in East Tennessee."[18] Ballerini lists Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and NSYNC among these early artists influencing her.[19][20] It was not until Ballerini heard "Stupid Boy" by Keith Urban that she decided to delve deeper into country music by listening to albums by Taylor Swift, Sugarland, and Dixie Chicks. Ballerini cites Shania Twain as her greatest influence.[21] She also frequently performs songs originally recorded by Alison Krauss.[22]

Personal life

In March 2016, Ballerini began dating Australian country singer Morgan Evans. They became engaged on Christmas Day 2016.[23] They were married on December 2, 2017 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Kelsea has a dog, Dibs, whom she named after her #1 single.[24]

Discography

Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
US Country
[25]
US
[26]
US Indie
[27]
AUS
[28]
CAN
[29]
UK
[30]
The First Time 4 31 4 33 -- --
Unapologetically
  • Release date: November 3, 2017[33]
  • Label: Black River
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3 7 2 12 18 50
"--" denotes a release that did not chart.

Extended plays

Title Details Peak chart
positions
Sales
US Country
[25]
US Heat
[35]
Kelsea Ballerini
  • Release date: November 24, 2014
  • Label: Black River
  • Format: Digital download
40 12

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Sales Album
US Country
[37]
US Country Airplay
[38]
US
[39]
CAN Country
[40]
CAN
[41]
2014 "Love Me Like You Mean It" 5 1 45 3 61 The First Time
2015 "Dibs" 7 1 58 8 96
2016 "Peter Pan" 1 1 35 4 75
"Yeah Boy" 9 3 65 2 --
2017 "Legends" 10 1 68 3 -- Unapologetically
2018 "I Hate Love Songs"[54] 28 35 -- -- --
"--" denotes a release that did not chart.

Guest singles

Year Single Artist Album
2015 "Love Song to the Earth" Various Artists single only

Other charted songs

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US Country
[37]
2017 "Unapologetically" 32 Unapologetically
"High School" 28
"Miss Me More" 28

Other appearances

Title Year Artist Album
"First Time Again"[56] 2016 Jason Aldean They Don't Know

Music videos

Year Video Director
2014 "Love Me Like You Mean It" (acoustic)[57] Robert Chavers
2015 "Love Me Like You Mean It"[58] Kristin Barlowe
"Dibs"[59] Robert Chavers
2016 "Peter Pan"[60] Kristin Barlowe
"Yeah Boy"[61]
2017 "Legends"[62] Jeff Venable
2018 "I Hate Love Songs" Chris Hicky

Awards and nominations

Year Ceremony Category / Nominated Work Result Ref.
2015 CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year
"Love Me Like You Mean It"
Nominated [63]
Country Music Association Awards Female Vocalist of the Year [64]
New Artist of the Year [64]
American Music Awards Favorite Country Female Artist [65]
Billboards Women in Music Rising Star Won [66]
2016 ACM Awards New Female Vocalist of the Year Won [67]
Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated [68]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Country Artist Nominated [69]
Choice Music: Country Song
"Peter Pan"
[70]
Country Music Association Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated [71]
New Artist of the Year [71]
American Music Awards Favorite Country Female Artist Nominated [72]
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Country Female Artist Nominated [73]
Grammy Awards Best New Artist Nominated [74]
Radio Disney Music Awards Breakout Artist of the Year Nominated [75]
Country Favorite Artist Won [76]
Country Favorite Song
"Peter Pan"
Won [75]
Best Crush Song
"Yeah Boy"
Nominated [77]
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite New Artist Nominated [78]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Artist Nominated [79]
Best New Country Artist Won
ACM Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated [16]
Video of the Year
"Peter Pan"
Nominated
CMT Music Awards Video of the Year
"Peter Pan"
Nominated [80]
Female Video of the Year
"Peter Pan"
Nominated
CMT Performance of the Year
"You're Still the One/Any Man of Mine/Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"
with (Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott)
Nominated
ACM Awards Gene Weed Milestone Award Won [81]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Country Artist Nominated [82]
Country Music Association Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated [83]
2018 ACM Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated [84]
Video of the Year
"Legends"
Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Female Country Artist Nominated [85]

Tours

Headlining
  • The First Time Tour (2016)[86]
  • The Unapologetically Tour (2018)[87]
Supporting

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