CMT’s “Next Women of Country” Artist Kelsea Ballerini Releases EP Today

Jeremy Ryan
Jeremy Ryan
Jeremy Ryan

Newly named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country Black River Entertainment songwriter and recording artist Kelsea Ballerini digitally releases her self-titled EP today. The acoustic music video for Kelsea’s debut single “Love Me Like You Mean It” is featured in CMT’s “Artist Discovery” campaign and is now playing on CMT Pure.

Songwriting is cornerstone in Kelsea’s composition as an artist making the invitation from CMT to join their Next Women of Country franchise alongside last year’s members including GRAMMY-winner singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriters Brandy Clark and Jewel, all the more humbling.

“I remember seeing the women that CMT chose last year for Next Women of Country and thinking, ‘I hope one day I can be part of a similar group because it’s such an exciting time for women in country music.’”
Kelsea continued, “I never thought that a year later I’d be part of this group. It’s a huge honor and I’m very thankful to be in company with ladies that are really breaking through and shaking up country music right now.”
“Love Me Like You Mean It” is included on Kelsea Ballerini co-produced by Forest Glen Whitehead & Jason Massey, along with four additional new songs penned by Kelsea. “The First Time,” Kelsea’s only solo-write on the EP puts her songwriting abilities on full display.
To view the acoustic music video for “Love Me Like You Mean It” please visit Kelsea’s artist page on or watch below.

For more information on Kelsea Ballerini please visit, and reach out to her onFacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.