Chris O’Kelley

Chris O’Kelley

Chris O’Kelley

Let’s get out the cake and candles and celebrate. Today’s Country Music Fact Of The Day is celebrating the birth of Kelsea Ballerini!

On September 12, 1993, Kelsea Nicole Ballerini was born in Knoxville Tennessee to parents Ed and Carla Ballerini. Kelsea’s father Ed, Was a Sales Manager at a Country music Radio Station in Knoxville. So I guess the love of Country Music started very early.

As a kid, Kelsea wrote her first song when she was just 12. Then she moved to Nashville just 3 short years later when she turned 15th.


Kelsea moved to Nashville when she was 15 with her family. She finished High School and went to Lipscomb University for two years and was then signed to Black River Entertainment when she was just 19!

She released her debut album in 2014 and boy did she break some records and make some history at the same time. The first song from This Time was “Love Me Like You Mean It” Now this song went straight to number one on the charts. She was the first female to have her debut song go #1 since Carrie Underwood did it in 2006. Then the number one’s started. “Dibs”, “peter Pan”, “Legends”, and “Half Of My Home Town” With Kenny Chesney.

Grand Ole Opry

On March 5, 2019, while playing The Grand Ole Opry, Kelsea was shocked and stunned when asked by Little Big Town to become a member of the Opry. She said yes of course and became a member on April 16 of 2019 as Carrie Underwood inducted her


  • 2016 ACM New Female Vocalist Of The Year
  • 2016 Radio Disney Favorite Country Artist and Favorite Country Song for “Peter Pan”
  • 2017 ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award
  • 2018 Radio Disney Favorite Country Artist and Favorite Country Song for “Legends”
  • 2021 CMT Performance Of The Year, “The Other Girl” With Halsey
  • 2021 CMA Awards, Music Event of The Year, “Half Of My Home Town” With Kenny
  • 2021 CMA Awards, Video Of The Year, “Half Of My Hometown” With Kenny

Let’s take a look back and some O’Kelley and Kelsea memories and some of the big songs of her career!

  • Kelesa And I At The Bell

    Kelsea and I At The Bell

  • Kelesa And I At Guitar Pull 2016

    Kelesa And I At Guitar Pull 2016

  • Kelsea Loves The Selfie

    Kelsea Loves The Selfie

  • Me, Kelsea And My Buddy Braxton, We'll Have To Talk About Braxton Later. He's My Buddy

    Me, Kelsea and Braxton

  • Told Ya That Selfie Game Was Strong

    Tolda Ya That Selfie Game Was Strong

  • A Night At The Country Club

    A Night At The Country Club

  • The One That Started It All For Kelsea and Went #1

  • Dibs-this One Went To #1 Also

  • Peter Pan, Another Kelsea #1

  • Legends-Another Big O'l #1

  • Half Of My Hometown-Her Latest #1. This One Features Kenny Chesney

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