Kelsea Ballerini Reveals Cover Art for Debut Album “The First Time” – Pic Here! (@KelseaBallerini)

kelsea-ballerini-the-first-time-album-cover-630x630Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini released the official album art and track listing for her 12-song debut album The First Time. Set for a May 19 release on Black River Entertainment, the lead single from the debut album nears the top 20 only inches away at #21 on the Billboard chart this week.

Fans are taking note of Kelsea’s debut single “Love Me Like You Mean It” at #19 on the Country Song Charts with 15,329 downloads this week. Furthering her name recognition, Variety announced yesterday that Kelsea Ballerini is among those presenting at the Radio Disney Music Awards, following her full schedule at the ACM awards, both coming up later this month.

Songwriting is at the cornerstone in Kelsea’s composition as an artist and it is on full display throughout The First Time as she’s the writer or co-writer on every track. Produced by Black River Publishing’s songwriter/producer Forest Glen Whitehead along with Jason Masse, The First Time contains all of the tracks from the previously released digital EP and seven additional original tracks.

Official Track Listing for The First Time

01. “XO” (Ballerini, Gravitt, O’Brien)

02. “Peter Pan” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Lee)

03. “Love Me Like You Mean It” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Kerr, Carpenter)

04. “Square Pegs” (Ballerini, Osborne, Stepakoff)

05. “The First Time” (Ballerini)

06. “Lookin’ At Stars” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Stepakoff)

07. “Sirens” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Denmark)

08. “Secondhand Smoke” (Ballerini, Kerr, Shellhart)

09. “Dibs” (Ballerini, Kerr, Griffin, Duke)

10. “Stilettos” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Savigar)

11. “Yeah Boy” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Timmer)

12. “Underage” (Ballerini, Kerr, Stepakoff)


Upcoming Tour Dates Include:

04/03 – Augusta, GA – The Country Club

04/10 – Norfolk, NE – w/ Scotty McCreery

04/12 – Green Bay, WI

4/17-19 – Dallas, TX – ACM Awards

04/25 – Los Angeles, CA – Radio Disney Music Awards

05/02 – Indianapolis, IN

06/06 – Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field

06/17 – Wichita, KS

06/19 – Pueblo, CO – Bands in the Backyard w/ Toby Keith; Eli Young Band

06/26 – Cadott, WI – Chippewa Valley Music Fest w/ Tim McGraw


For full tour date schedule and info on Kelsea Ballerini please visit, and reach out to her on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube. Now playing on CMT, fans can watch the music video for “Love Me Like You Mean It” on CMT.comVevoYouTube and purchase “Love Me Like You Mean It” anywhere digital music is sold.

Juliet Schroder

Written by Juliet Schroder

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