State Farm Neighborhood Sessions

As soon as she started singing, people around Kelsea could sense she was destined for something spectacular. Take a look as Kelsea performs for her hometown high school and gives back to the community who helped her get to Nashville – and beyond.

Exclusive Full-Length Performance:
“Legends”

Exclusive Full-Length Performance:
“High School”

Part 1: How She Got Started

The musical influences of her upbringing gave Kelsea a love for music. She took to writing and performing at an early age with the support of her family and teachers. It was inevitable that when the opportunity to sing an original song came along, she took hold and launched a dream career.

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Part 2: Giving Back to School

Her choral instructor helped Kelsea take the stage and perform. The courage and confidence she gained led her to Nashville at the age of 15. Take a look at how Kelsea takes time to give back to her school and encourages the next person to step out and sing – just like she did.

“Being kind doesn’t have to be a grand gesture … but it has a ripple effect.”

Biography

Kelsea Ballerini has come a long way from her hometown in East Tennessee, and it's not an overstatement to say that Ballerini's rise has been meteoric. The Black River Entertainment artist is a GRAMMY nominee for Best New Artist, banked three consecutive No. 1 songs (a record, as she's the only female Country artist to have done so from a debut), played a slew of tour dates and nurtured a growing reputation as one of Nashville's sharpest writers.

But Ballerini, who got her start in music at the age of 12 as a young girl learning to cope with life's trials and tribulations, is never one to stay stagnant. She wanted to make an album even more vulnerable and honest than she's ever been, and use everything she's lived to build that next chapter.

“You have to use your intuition and your heart, and do things your own way.”

Growing up means never apologizing for who you are and what you've been through. And for Ballerini, growing up also meant having the courage to put it all – the loss, the love and the highs and lows of life – into song. The result? “Unapologetically,” Ballerini's sophomore LP, a collection of songs – all which she wrote or co-wrote, as on her Gold-certified debut “The First Time” – meant to share her experiences over the past two years like a sonic journal, inviting listeners to open the book of her story and listen along.