Kelsea Nicole Ballerini was born in 1993 in Mascot, Tennessee. Her parents didn’t have anything to do with the music industry. However, they supported their daughter’s talents. When Kelsea was three, her mom paid for dancing lessons. She has been learning dancing for 10 years. While studying in middle school, Ballerini was singing in the choir. At 12, she wrote her first song and devoted it to her mother. At 13, the teenager learned how to play the guitar and quit dancing. At 14, she traveled to Nashville for an audition arranged by one of the labels. Kelsea didn’t pass.
Despite the failure, in 2007, the teenager decided to move to Nashville. She attended high school there and enrolled in a local college upon graduating. During her sophomore year, Ballerini finally signed a contract with a label, Black River Entertainment. She decided to quit college and devote all of her time to her music career.
In June 2014, the singer presented her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It”. It earned positive reviews from the critics and topped US Country Airplay Chart. The track made it into Billboard Hot 100 settling on the 45th position. It also became popular in Canada.