Kelsea Ballerini Kicks Off CMT’s “Next Women of Country” Tour in Grand Rapids, MI (@kelseaballerini)

Courtesy of Black River Entertainment
Courtesy of Black River Entertainment
Courtesy of Black River Entertainment

Last night (4/30), Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini shined in Grand Rapids, MI, at the kickoff 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. 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.

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:


** 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

Juliet Schroder

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.