NASHVILLE, TN (May 14, 2015)
– For Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini
, the firsts
continue to stack up with Tuesday night’s (5/12) sold-out CMT
NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY Tour stop in Nashville. Marking her first
headline show in Music City, she celebrated the milestone moment with
family, friends, label team and a special guest appearance by Maddie
& Tae. The talented singer/songwriter gave Rolling Stone Country
an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the day – http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/see-kelsea-ballerini-photos-from-girl-powered-nashville-tour-stop-20150514
Adding to the excitement, Ballerini scored her first-ever award show nomination for the 2015 CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year for debut hit “Love Me Like You Mean It.” Airing live on CMT June 10 at 8/7 CT, fans can vote now at
Ballerini took to Instagram to share her fun and dramatic reaction to the news:
Nearing the Top 10 at No. 11 this week, “Love Me Like You Mean It” released to rave reviews with Billboard
praising the song as an “…Uptempo, take-charge anthem…” The sassy
tune will be featured on her highly anticipated debut album, THE FIRST TIME,
releasing May 18. Producers Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey
highlight Ballerini’s adept songwriting across the 12-track project,
which is now available for digital pre-sale and exclusively streaming on
Known for her energetic live show and playful tunes, Ballerini is co-headlining CMT’s
NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY Tour with Jana Kramer – the network’s first-ever
ladies-only tour – and will also join select dates on Lady Antebellum’s
WHEELS UP Tour throughout the summer.
Newly crowned one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, Ballerini has been
abuzz with recent shout-outs from Superstars Taylor Swift, Little Big
Town, Kristian Bush and TODAY’s Hoda Kotb and landing on several 2015
“Ones to Watch” lists, including Billboard, Country Weekly, Rolling Stone Country, The Huffington Post, Radio.com, Spotify, #CMChat and more.
Hailing from Knoxville, TN, Ballerini moved to Nashville, TN at age 15
to chase the dream of becoming a songwriter. At age 19, she signed a
publishing deal with Black River Publishing in 2013 and later that year
signed a record deal with Black River Entertainment.
For tour dates and more, visit KelseaBallerini.com. Reach out to her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Watch the music video for “Love Me Like You Mean It” via CMT.com, Vevo and YouTube.