NASHVILLE — She’s a fresh face, a new voice and her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It” is sitting pretty in the top 10 on country radio this week — Kelsea Ballerini has made a splash.
And during CMA Fest 2015, her loyal fans greeted her with cheers and smiles as she played her fan party in downtown Nashville Friday morning. About 40 fans got an all access backstage pass that came with a full pancake breakfast and coordinated one on one time with the new star. Ballerini floated from table to table taking selfies and cell phone video messages with fans before hitting the stage for a short acoustic performance and Q&A session.
“This is so fun guys,” Ballerini said to her crowd of fans. “I remember three years ago I started going to CMA Fest with my mom. I have a picture of myself on the ground waiting to go into the convention center to get autographs. It’s so great to be on the other side of the it now.”
Ballerini’s scheduled to release a new single soon, but mum’s the word on exactly which song it’ll be. She’s got her fingers crossed her debut single will inch it’s way two more spots to #1 considering she says Carrie Underwood was the last country music female singer who’s debut single reached the top out of the gate.
“So, it’s about time,” she said smiling.
The 19 year old entertainer grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee but moved to Nashville when she was 15 years old, and it didn’t take her long to score a record deal with Black River Entertainment.
During the intimate fan affair, Ballerini took questions from fans and one in particular got her to open up about her childhood. The question alluded to the meaning behind her song — “Square Pegs.”
“Easy stuff for me to write is about love — finding it and losing it. It’s harder for me to write about life. Growing up in middle school and high school, I was a square peg. For me, I felt I didn’t fit in, and I think that’s where you find beauty and meaning.”
Well — out the gate this blonde beauty is already finding she fits right in with country music fans!