Kelsea Ballerini on the Unreal and the Real

A Call from Rascal Flatts' Bus

It sounds like Kelsea Ballerini is managing to be all things to all people.

She is trying to stay real. But she’s also completely embracing the unreal.

First, the unreal.

In an recent interview with the Chicago Tribune, Ballerini admits that she’s making the call from a place she never ever thought she’d be.

“I’m definitely excited about things coming up, but gosh, right now I’m sitting on a tour bus on tour with Rascal Flatts and I never ever thought those words would come out of my mouth,” she said.

Ballerini is opening for the trio, and according to her, their 90-minute set is full of songs everyone knows by heart.

“There’s not one song people are not singing at the top of their lungs to,” she said.

But then, she gets real.

“As a young girl there are pressures that come with any career, but I decided when I got into this I didn’t want to be perfect. I just want to be real,” Ballerini says, “and who I am. That’s something I’d feel comfortable with any little girl looking up to so that’s who I try to be.”

Her own headlining tour, which kicks off in Texas in October, will give Ballerini the chance to be one-on-one with fans, whether there is a handful of them, or a theatre full of them.

“Six months ago, 800 people would show up and we were so excited,” she said of her first headlining gig. “We tried one a couple days ago and 2,400 people showed up and we freaked out.”

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