Country-pop singer Kelsea Ballerini has been making her way up in the music industry with her breakout single, “Love Me Like You Mean It.” With the release of her debut album, The First Time, this past May, Kelsea has accumulated support from artists including Taylor Swift, Little Big Town, and Dustin Lynch, with all the credit to her success going to the singer, herself. At the age of 12, Kelsea discovered her gift of songwriting, utilizing it to get her through her parents’ divorce. Rooting her music at such a vulnerable place gave her a subtle advantage when it came time for her to pursue it as a career. Building off of that, she quickly learned that the most revitalizing way to create rich music is to do so in an honest and transparent manner. With that, Kelsea’s positive attitude radiates through her music. Captivating, poetic, and rejuvenating, Kelsea Ballerini’s outlook is what sets her apart from any other artist.
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Cliché: You started songwriting at the age of 12 when you were going through a tough time. Do you ever look back at the songs you have written when you were younger? What’s the biggest change you notice from your old songs in comparison to what you write now?
Kelsea Ballerini: I love looking back at my old songs because it helps me remember what I was going through and where I was at in my life when I wrote those songs. I think the biggest change in my songs though, has just been growing up. I started writing when I was 12, and I was writing songs about 12-year-old stuff. Now, I am 22 and I have grown up a little bit and have experienced a lot more life. So I think that’s been the evolution of my music – it has naturally come by growing up.
Do you find that your writing technique has changed over the years?
I think that co-writing has been the biggest change for me. Before I moved to Nashville, I only wrote songs about myself. I realized once I moved, that there is this huge, wonderful community of songwriters in Nashville that you can get in a room with and bounce ideas off and just have these creative sessions. [You can] come up with something totally different than you would have come up with by yourself, and that’s been really fun.
On your debut album, The First Time, you were very open and honest about some of the obstacles you’ve had to face throughout your life. Are you typically a very open person or is it a side of yourself that songwriting brings out?
I try to be an open person in every way. I just think you can have deeper relationships when you are open and honest right off the bat. I think it’s my job as a country music artist to be extremely vulnerable, honest, and open in my music and I really tried to kick things off in that way with my first album and establish myself that way.
You also have some very playful and upbeat songs throughout the album, including your hit single, “Love Me Like You Mean It.” How do you manage to keep such a positive outlook after having gone through so much?
I think that highs and lows are a part of life and happiness is a choice. Other than that, I think it is so important for girls to have a confident, female voice on the radio. So for me, I am a typical girl and I struggle with insecurities just like everyone else. I really want to be a voice of positivity for girls on the radio.
Your music is very empowering, especially for women. Is there someone who inspires you or has empowered you growing up, and even now?
My mom is my biggest voice of empowerment. When I was younger, she taught me how to be strong and independent and faith-based. I think that as I have grown up, I have learned to value that a lot more.
Is there one thing you would like to have accomplished in your career or a goal you are working towards?
I have lots of goals. My first goals that I have gotten to accomplish this year are playing at the Grand Ole Opry and having my first single on country radio. More than that, I really am excited to keep establishing my touring and I would really like to have an arena tour one day!
What’s next for you? Anything else you’d like to share?
I am touring with Dan + Shay later this year and I love them! Also, in December and January, I am going to start writing for my next record!
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