Knoxville’s own Kelsea Ballerini debut single: Love Me Like You Mean It

Kelsea Ballerini passion for music started at a young age, as her father is a country radio programmer so she was constantly being influenced. At age 12, she wrote her first song for her mother, which was the beginning of a long journey ahead. She then moved to Nashville, Tennessee, country music capital of the south, and pursued her musical career from there. A mere two years ago, Kelsea signed a deal with Black River Entertainment and came out with her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It.”

KelseaBallerini_395PhotoCredit_Jeremy-RyanAbove: Kelsea Ballerini posing for her album The First Time earlier this year.

On July 4, 2015, “Love Me Like You Mean It” topped the Billboard Country Airplay, making her the 11th woman in history to have a #1 hit and the first since 2006! When asked about her recent hit, Kelsea said, “It’s just a fun, happy, kind of sassy, quirky, song from a confident girl saying, ‘If you’re gonna do this, do it right.'”

Kelsea has been dreaming of a day when everything she envisioned for her future would come true, and it finally has. When she first started writing music, she did it to express her feelings, not meant to be shared with anyone. For her 15th birthday, she got the opportunity to record in a real studio– and the representatives from the studio told her that her dream could easily become a reality. Kelsea said, “Dreams do come true. I’m seeing it first hand. While I do want to do it all, the arena tours and award shows, most of all, I just want to put out good music that matters.”

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