Kelsea Nicole Ballerini (born September 12, 1993) is an American country music singer and songwriter signed to Black River Entertainment.
Kelsea Ballerini was born in Mascot, Tennessee and grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her father, a country radio programmer, is part Italian. Her mother has worked in marketing for Thomas Nelson Bible publishing and a sponsorship company. She started taking dance lessons at 3 and stopped ten years later. She sang in the church and school choirs. She wrote her first song at 12 for her mother and moved to Nashville, Tennessee three years later. She attended Lipscomb University for two years until she pursued a musical career.
At 19, she signed a deal with Black River Entertainment. In late 2014, she released her debut single "Love Me Like You Mean It", which debuted on Country Airplay in October 2014. She released a self-titled extended play for the label in November. 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 13, 2015 and sang "Love Me Like You Mean It". For the chart dated July 4, 2015, "Love Me Like You Mean It" reached number one on the Billboard Country Airplay, making Ballerini the first solo female country artist to score a number one hit with her debut single since Carrie Underwood with "Jesus, Take the Wheel" in 2006, and only the eleventh in history to achieve the feat.
Wheels Up Tour with Lady Antebellum (2015)
Just As I Am Tour with Brantley Gilbert (2015-2016)
Just The Right Kinda Crazy Tour with Dan + Shay (2015)