Kelsea Ballerini Drops Debut Album Today Via Black River

Kelsea-Ballerini-The-First-Time-Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini is celebrating today’s (5/18) release of her debut album The First Time with a national media blitz.

To kick off release week, fans can join Ballerini for a special #CMchat online tonight at 6PM PT/9PM ET. Tomorrow she returns to hometown Knoxville, TN for a special in-store appearance at Walmart (10900 Parkside Dr., Knoxville, TN) at 6PM EST.

Then, she will jet off to NYC to make her national TV debut on NBC’s Today show on Thursday (5/21) beginning at 10AM in all time zones and take her performance to new heights at the top of The Empire State Building on Friday (5/22).

Produced by Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey, The First Time is home to her Top 10-and-rising smash “Love Me Like You Mean It.”

Currently, Ballerini is co-headlining CMT’s Next Women of Country Tour, the network’s first-ever ladies-only tour, and will also join select dates on Lady Antebellum’s Wheels Up Tour throughout the summer.

“I feel like I’ve been dreaming about, writing, and wishing for this day since I was twelve,” said Ballerini. “To finally get these songs out to people, is really special and something that I’ve been excited about for a long time.”

“This is a such special day for Kelsea and Black River,” said Black River Entertainment CEO Gordon Kerr. “Over the last couple of years, we have been privileged to share in the development of Kelsea’s amazing songwriting talents and artistry. Today, the world gets to hear her heart and we couldn’t be more proud!”


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