Kelsea Ballerini Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut & Announces Album Release Date

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Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini made her Grand Ole Opry debut Saturday night on Valentine’s Day.

Following the performance of her top 30 single “Love Me Like You Mean It,” the Knoxville native choked up before performing her solo write, The First Time, announcing it is also the title track of her debut album due May 19.

“I wrote this song a long time ago about learning the lesson that sometimes the past should stay in the past,” said Kelsea. “I never thought I’d be so thankful for that experience and that I’d be playing it at the Grand Ole Opry! My album The First Time is named after this song and it’s coming out on May 19. I’ve been dying to tell people this!”

Newly named one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country,” songwriting is cornerstone in Kelsea’s composition as an artist. Kelsea’s songwriting is on full display throughout the upcoming album as she’s writer on every track found on The First Time.

Kelsea’s current single “Love Me Like You Mean It” (Ballerini/Kerr/Whitehead/Carpenter) is climbing the country radio charts. She continues a string of Nashville performances as she plays 12th & Porter for the first time on February 18. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets may be purchased here.  For additional tour dates and info on Kelsea Ballerini please visit, and reach out to her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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.