Kelsea Ballerini: “I’m a Talker”

The Soundcheck Q&A Session

Before Kelsea Ballerini took the stage to perform at the CBS Radio Stars & Strings Concert, she took the stage to do a soundcheck.

A soundcheck that she’d invited a group of fans to watch.

And in between “Yeah Boy,” “Peter Pan,” and “Dibs,” Ballerini encouraged the 50 or so people gathered in the Chicago Theatre on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 9) to ask her anything.

“I’m a talker,” Ballerini told them.

One of the fans asked her about songwriting, and after explaining the process of co-writing in Nashville, she admitted that when she can write a song in less than two hours, she knows it was meant to be.

“I write everything,” she said. “It’s my favorite part of what I do. And lyrics are my favorite thing.”

Another fan asked her about her duet with Jason Aldean “First Time Again,” and she said when she got the text about the collaboration, she “freaked out and fell in love with the song.”

At the end of the Q&A, one brave fan got personal and asked her about her boyfriend, Australian singer Morgan Evans.

Ballerini just said, “I really struck gold on that one.”

Her First Time headlining tour kicks off tonight (Nov. 10) in Washington, D.C.

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