Kelsea Ballerini: From Conference Rooms to Clubs

"That's a Rare Kind of Joy," She Says

In the latest issue of industry publication Country Aircheck, one of the Country Radio Seminar’s New Faces from this year, Kelsea Ballerini, talks about some of the behind-the-scenes highlights of being a new artist getting her new music out there.

Even if “out there” means the tried-and-true method of playing a conference room for the staff of a radio station.

“I wish they could feel what it’s like when you go from playing a conference room to a club,” Ballerini says, “and the whole place sings a long — and it’s because of (radio). That’s a special kind of joy.”

She also confessed her secret for building relationships with the people who are in charge of putting her songs on the radio.

“I took a selfie with every (program director). I’d print them out, write their names, call letters and the city on the back and use them like flashcards,” she admitted of her old-school business savvy.

Now that Ballerini has two Top 10 hits under her belt — “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Dibs” — it means she’s on the road nonstop.


And she has to think about staying healthy. So when she’s with industry people, she’ll eat salads. But if she’s with friends, she’ll have a burger.

And is there any food she doesn’t like?

“I’m like a garbage disposal,” Ballerini said. “I like everything.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.