Kelsea Ballerini

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Kelsea Ballerini is an American country singer and songwriter, presently signed to ‘Black River Entertainment’. Kelsea Ballerini released her 1st album ‘The First Time’ in 2015 and her second album ‘Unapologetically’ was released on November 3, 2017.

Early Life and Childhood

Kelsea Ballerini was born as Kelsea Nicole Ballerini on September 12, 1993, in Mascot, Tennessee. She is the only child of her parents. Her father, Ed is a former sales manager for a country radio station and her mother, Carla has worked in marketing for Thomas Nelson Bible Publication and also for Sponsorship Company. And her current age is 28 years old.

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Caption: Kelsea Balleerini’s childhood photo. Source: Instagram

She began attending dance lessons at Premiere Dance studio in Seymour at the age of three and continued for the future ten years. She wrote her first song at 12 for her mother and after three years, moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Furthermore, in order to give her mother a gift, she wrote a song about her. Her mother had tears in her eyes, listening to the song, and that was the turning point in her life She realized she could do well in music. She soon started singing in churches and school choirs and the confidence had helped her build a career in music.

She is a dog lover and has a dog named ‘Dibs’, named after her successful single of the same name.


She studied from Central High School in Knoxville and graduated from Centennial High School in Frankin. Additionally, she joined Lipscomb University in Nashville. There, she studied communications and marketing for two years, before beginning to explore her music career. And continue pursuing her musical dream.


In 2013, at the age of 19, she bagged the first professional deal of her music career, ‘Black River Entertainment.’ In October 2014, she released her debut single “Love Me Like You Mean It.” Likewise, Kelsea co-wrote the song with Josh Kerr and a couple of other writers. This single gained the top spot on the ‘Billboard Country Airplay’ chart. With this, she became the first female country artist working under an independent label to have attained the top spot on the chart.

Similarly, ‘Love Me Like You Mean It’ was the main track from her album ‘The First Time’, which was released in May 2015. In November 2014, she made her debut self-titled EP, which was received well by critics. The album’s success helped she earn more fame. Moreover, she exhibited a mature side of her personality through her songs and it seems that most of her songs were seemingly inspired by actual events in her life, such as her parents’ divorce and the heartbreaks she suffered.

More Details

The first three singles from her debut studio album, ‘The First Time’, namely ‘CO’, ‘Peter Pan’, and ‘Love Me Like You Mean It’, graced the top spot on the ‘Billboard Country Airplay chart and became the first new female artist to have the first three songs of the career topping the chart. Moreover, the album received great reviews upon its release but was criticized for being too flirty. Peter Pan was a highly successful single, and she also performed it at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Furthermore, her other song from the album ‘Dibs’ became the second-most successful track from the album after ‘Love Me Like You Mean It.’ And the success of her debut album, she became an artist in demand. Also, a few critics praised the song wholeheartedly. They even compared her artistic sensibilities to that of Taylor Swift. Moreover, the album sold more than 300 thousand copies in the US, as of October 2017. Over time, it was certified “gold” by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Similarly, following the success of her debut album, she became an artist in demand. She collaborated with country-music legends like Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, and Keith Urban. Moreover, she also headlined her very own tour, to promote her debut album on a larger scale. In early 2017, Ballerini was on Forbes’ 30 under 30 –Music list at number two. At athe t end of 2018, she joined the fifteenth season of The Voice as the fifth coach.


On September 6, 2019, Ballerini created the first single off her upcoming third album, titled ‘Homecoming Queen?’. The song debuted at number 22 on the Country Airplay chart, making it her highest debut on the chart to date.

She confirmed on January 20, 2020, about her self-titled album (Kelsea) and it was released on March 20, 2020. On February 28, she again released the single “Hole in the Bottle” (stylized in all lowercase) and announced the tracklist for her including “Half of my Hometown” highlighting Kenny Chesney and “The Other Girl” featuring Halsey.

Awards and Achievements

In October 2014, Kelsea made a self-titled extended play for the label in November. She was one of CMT’s Next Women of Country in 2014.

In June 2017, Ballerini released “Legends” as the 1st single from her second studio album. Her second album “Unapologetically” released on November 3 which debuted at number three on the Billboard Top Country Album Chart and 7th on the Billboard 200 Album chart.

In 2015, in the category Billboard Women in Music, she won the title for ‘Rising Star’ and in ACM Awards in 2016; she won the title New ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’.

In 2017, in the category Radio Disney Music Awards, she won the title, ‘Country Favorite Artist’ and Country Favorite Song for “Peter Pan” and in the category iHeartRadio Music Awards; she got the title ‘Best New Country Artist’.

Moreover, in 2018, she got the title ‘Country Favorite Artist’ under the category Radio Disney Music Awards. In December 2018, unapologetically got a nomination for Best Country Album at the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

Personal Life

Kelsea Ballerini is a married woman. She started dating Australian country artist Morgan Evans in March 2016. The couple engaged on Christmas Day 2016 and married on December 2, 2017, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

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Caption: The lovebirds, Kalsea and Morgan spending a holiday in San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur. Source: Instagram

Body Measurements

Similarly, Kelsea is a 26-year-old person having a nice curing body. She is 5 feet 6 inches in height and 54 kg. Her birth sign is Virgo. Blonde is her hair color and eye color is green which is very unique. Similarly, she has built her body very Slim.

Kelsea Ballerini – Net worth

Kelsea is an American Country singer and songwriter whose net worth is $6 Million.

Kelsea Ballerini – Social Media

Furthermore, she is active on her Instagram account with 2.2 million followers, on Twitter with 999.5k followers and on his YouTube channel with 445k subscribers. More precisely, she joined Twitter in June 2009 and on her Instagram, she has shared 3098 posts so far. Also, she is available on Facebook too. There, she has over 788k followers.