Kelsea Ballerini to Appear at Windy City Lakeshake Fest.


 Emerging Songwriter-Artist Continues To Wow With THE FIRST TIME Debuting Top 5 On Billboard Country Albums Chart 


Kelsea Ballerini celebrating her Top 5 single “Love Me Like You Mean It”


NASHVILLE, TN (June 1, 2015) – Taking the Country radio charts by storm, Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini’s smash “Love Me Like You Mean It” soared to the Top 5 this week on the Mediabase Country Chart and is quickly climbing.

"As a new artist releasing a first single, all you want is for it to be heard, to make a good first impression,” shares Ballerini. “The fact that country radio is embracing it, is more than I could ask for. I want to hug everyone."

The sassy, top-selling song written by Ballerini, Whitehead, Kerr and Carpenter is featured on her debut album THE FIRST TIME, produced by Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey. Praised by ROLLING STONE as one of the “10 Artists You Need To Know” from all genres, her buzzed-about album debuted Top 5 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart.

“Love Me Like You Mean It” earned Ballerini her first award nod and she will vie for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2015 CMT Music Awards airing live on CMT June 10 at 8/7 CT. Fans can vote now at  

Ballerini wrapped the co-headlining CMT’s NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY Tour last weekend and will hit the road with Lady Antebellum’s WHEELS UP Tour for select dates throughout the summer. 

Crowned one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, Ballerini has been on the rise with shout-outs from superstars Taylor Swift, Little Big Town, Kristian Bush and TODAY’s Hoda Kotb and landed on several 2015 “Ones to Watch” lists, including Billboard, Country Weekly, Rolling Stone Country, The Huffington Post,, Spotify, #CMChat
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Watch the music video for “Love Me Like You Mean It” 

THE FIRST TIME is available via this link:

ABOUT BLACK RIVER ENTERTAINMENT: Black River Entertainment is home to country music entertainers Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, John King, Kelsea Ballerini and comedy duo The Raging Idiots. 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 

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