Kelsea Ballerini Pops Up for Charity in Nashville

Bluebird Café Show Benefits Music Makes Us

Some of what Kelsea Ballerini learned in high school didn’t come from a textbook or a lecture.

It was those four years, though, when she learned about music and passion and performing.

“I discovered my love for performing through my music program in high school and know the impact of discovering your passion through initiatives like Music Makes Us. I was so excited to help raise awareness for music in schools alongside my friends Ingrid Michaelson, Dave Barnes, Luke Laird and Trent Dabbs,” she said of the guests who joined her onstage Wednesday night (Aug. 17).

The pop-up show was a benefit for Music Makes Us — a Nashville-based group dedicated to strengthening music education around the nation — and Ballerini’s impressive list of openers at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe made perfect sense for the night.

“They all have a passion for music education so it made perfect sense for us to join forces,” she said of the musicians who joined her onstage, along with 12-year-old country music newcomer Tegan Marie, plus two Nashville School of the Arts students, Amelia Eisenhauer and Tristan McIntosh.

In addition to Ballerini’s show proceeds, the Bluebird Cafe auctioned a guitar autographed by all of the performers for $2,100.

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