KELSEA BALLERINI SHINES AT THE KICK OFF OF CMT’S “NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY” TOUR

KELSEA BALLERINI SHINES AT THE KICK OFF OF CMT’S “NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY” TOUR LAST NIGHT (4/30)


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NASHVILLE, TN (May 1, 2015) – Last night (4/30), Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini shined in Grand Rapids, MI, at the kick off of CMT’s “Next Women of Country” tour - the network’s first-ever ladies-only tour. Ballerini is co-headlining the run with Jana Kramer, which will make 10 stops across the country this spring, including Chicago, Nashville and Orlando.

“I’ve been looking forward to this tour for quite a while, and this first night was full of girl-power,” shares Ballerini. “I feel so excited about where women are in Country music right now, and to be able to be one of the faces that gets to represent that with Jana, is such a big deal.”
With an energetic live show and playful tunes, it’s no wonder that Ballerini is gaining the attention of other headlining acts and will be joining select dates on Lady Antebellum’s WHEELS UP Tour throughout the summer.

Ballerini’s debut single “Love Me Like You Mean It” (Ballerini, Kerr, Whitehead, Carpenter) is on the verge of Top 10 at Country Radio and released to rave reviews with Billboard praising the song as an "...Uptempo, take-charge anthem...”

The sassy tune will be featured on her highly anticipated debut album, THE FIRST TIME, releasing May 19th. Producers Forest Glen Whitehead (Black River Publishing) and Jason Massey highlight Ballerini’s adept songwriting across the 12-track project. Fans can get in on the excitement early with the album now available for digital pre-sale.

Newly crowned one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, Ballerini has been garnering enormous buzz with a recent shout-outs from Superstars Taylor Swift, Little Big Town, Kristian Bush and TODAY’s Hoda Kotb as well as landing on several 2015 “Ones to Watch” lists, including Billboard, Country Weekly, The Huffington Post, CBS Local’s Radio.com, Spotify, #CMChat, Country Music Is Love and more.

Hailing from Knoxville, TN, Ballerini moved to Nashville, TN at age 15 to chase the dream of becoming a songwriter.  At age 19, she signed a publishing deal with Black River Publishing in 2013 and later that year signed a record deal with Black River Entertainment.
Announced 2015 tour dates for Kelsea Ballerini:

*CMT NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY tour dates

** Lady Antebellum WHEELS UP tour dates

April 30 - The Intersection | Grand Rapids, MI*
May 1 - Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill | Cincinnati, OH*
May 2  - Indianapolis, IN
May 7 - House of Blues | Cleveland, OH*
May 8 - Joe’s Bar | Chicago, IL*
May 9 - Lafayette Cajundome | Lafayette, LA**
May 10 - The Pageant | St Louis, MO*
May 12 - 3rd and Lindsley | Nashville, TN*
May 14 - Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill | Orlando, FL*
May 15 - The Swamp | Fort Walton Beach, FL*
May 17 - The Fillmore | Charlotte, NC*
May 28 - House of Blues | Myrtle Beach, SC*
May 29 - Harrisburg, PA
May 30 - Philadelphia, PA
May 31 - Fort Wayne, IN
June 4 - Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion | Bangor, ME**
June 6 - Heinz Field | Pittsburgh, PA
June 13 - BankPlus Amphitheater | Southaven, MS**
June 14 - Walmart MP | Rogers, AR**
June 17 - Wichita, KS
June 19 - Bands in the Backyard | Pueblo, CO
June 26 - Chippewa Music Fest | Cadott, WI
June 27 - Whitaker Ballpark | Lexington, KY
For tour dates and more, visit KelseaBallerini.com.

For more information on CMT's Next Women of Country tour visit www.cmtnextwomentour.cmt.com

Reach out to Kelsea on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Watch the music video for “Love Me Like You Mean It” via CMT.com, Vevo and YouTube.

“Love Me Like You Mean It” is available anywhere digital music is sold.

ABOUT BLACK RIVER ENTERTAINMENT:
Black River Entertainment is home to country music entertainers Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, John King, and Kelsea Ballerini. Part of the Pegula Sports and Entertainment family (Including: NFL’s Buffalo Bills, NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, AHL’s The Rochester Americans, NLL’s Buffalo Bandits, HARBORCENTER, First Niagara Center, IMPACT Sports Performance), Black River Entertainment also owns and operates the premiere recording studios Sound Stage and Ronnie's Place, as well as Black River Records, Passport Records, Black River Publishing and Black River Management. For more information about Black River Entertainment, please visit www.blackriverent.com.

ABOUT CMT:
CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S.  CMT, CMT.com and CMT Radio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and are the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT App, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.
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