Nashville, Tenn. (August 18, 2016) – Flying high after her Top 5 and soaring stunner “Peter Pan” was certified GOLD, Black River Entertainment’s Kelsea Ballerini took a sweet moment to give back last night (8/17) while hosting a “pop up” benefit at Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Cafe.
thrilled her sold-out crowd with a night full of surprises including
stellar featured guests Dave Barnes, Luke Laird, and Ingrid Michaelson
for the full round, with local tunesmith Trent Dabbs and young country
music newcomer Tegan Marie joining for a song each. Praised for her hit
songwriting credit on all 12 songs on her critically acclaimed debut
album THE FIRST TIME, the intimacy of “In The Round with Kelsea
Ballerini & Friends” was pure magic, as Ballerini also shared the
spotlight for a song with two Nashville School of the Arts students,
Amelia Eisenhauer and Tristan McIntosh. Finalists Eisenhauer (Top 24)
and McIntosh (Top 6) are both American Idol season 15 alums.
discovered my love for performing through my music program in high
school and know the impact of discovering your passion through
initiatives like Music Makes Us,” Ballerini admits. “I was so excited to
help raise awareness for music in schools alongside my friends Ingrid
Michaelson, Dave Barnes, Luke Laird, and Trent Dabbs. They all have a
passion for music education so it made perfect sense for us to join
proceeds of the unforgettable event are being donated to Music Makes
Us, a program spearheaded by Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Mayor’s
office, the music industry and community leaders, which is aiming to
become a model for strengthening music education around the country. In
addition, the Bluebird Cafe
auctioned a guitar signed by all of the unbelievable talent which
garnered $2,100, bringing the total donation to more than $5,000 for
Music Makes Us.
Ballerini’s exciting week continues as she’ll perform on Good Morning America’s 2016 Summer Concert Series tomorrow (8/19). Good Morning America airs weekdays on ABC at 7 a.m. (ET/PT).
About Kelsea Ballerini:
Kelsea Ballerini launched to stardom with two consecutive #1 smashes –
PLATINUM-selling “Love Me Like You Mean It” and GOLD-certified follow-up
“Dibs” – from her critically acclaimed debut album THE FIRST TIME.
The Black River Entertainment recording artist is the first solo female
artist in 15 years to hit #1 with her first two country singles and one
of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut.
Abuzz with high-profile media looks, she has been named “The Country
Sweetheart” in People Magazine’s elite “Ones to Watch” portfolio, touted by Billboard Magazine as “Country’s Next Queen,” praised by Rolling Stone
as the “Nashville It Girl,” selected as one of CMT’s Next Women of
Country, and recently wrapped co-hosting alongside Arsenio Hall on ABC’s
summer replacement series Greatest Hits. The talented
singer/songwriter’s credit is featured on all 12 songs on her debut,
including current GOLD-certified, Top 5-and-climbing hit single “Peter
Pan.” Awarded Billboard’s “Rising Star” honor at the
prestigious 2015 Women In Music event, Ballerini continues to rack up
the accolades earning her first-ever ACM Award win for New Female Vocalist of the Year, the fan-voted Radio Disney Music Award for The Freshest – Best New Artist (all genre) and the American Country Countdown Award (ACCA) for Breakthrough Female of the Year.
Having shared the stage with Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw,
Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, Ballerini performed at the Country
CMC Rocks Festival in Australia and is currently on Rascal Flatts’
nationwide RHYTHM & ROOTS Tour.
About Music Makes Us:
A joint effort of Metro Nashville Public Schools, Mayor Megan Barry and music industry and community leaders, the Music Makes Us®
initiative is a national model for music education. With a focus on
music literacy and student participation, Music Makes Us is
strengthening traditional school music while adding a contemporary
curriculum that embraces new technologies and reflects our diverse
Photo Credit: Robert Chavers