Taking over the iconic location in New York City earlier, Black River Entertainment’s KELSEA BALLERINI boldly made her Central Park headlining debut with ABC’s Good Morning America Summer Concert Series. The bona fide trailblazer was the only Country artist billed for the national program this year.
Dressed in a silver sequin Robert Rodriguez hoodie with matching Paco Rabanne stiletto booties, Ballerini’s high-energy set featured a teal-colored balloon drop atop the glittering stage of the same electric hue. She delivered a “thoughtful performance of ‘Unapologetically,’” praised Billboard, as the crowd of “country fans sang along to the love song’s catchy lyrics.” As heard on her acclaimed sophomore album of the same name, she also performed her chart-climbing current single “I Hate Love Songs.”
Loading her monster appearance, she chatted with GMA anchor Lara Spencer plus closed with her breakout smash “Love Me Like You Mean It.” Further filming two additional hits as web exclusives, Ballerini pumped up the big city crowd with “Dibs” and “Peter Pan.” All three #1 tracks – “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Dibs,” and “Peter Pan” – made history, as Ballerini remains the first and only female artist in Country music history, including female duos and groups, to top the chart with her first three consecutive singles from a debut album (GOLD-certified THE FIRST TIME).
On Wednesday (8/8), she’ll return to ABC to co-host the 15th consecutive year of the three-hour CMA Fest special. Joining Thomas Rhett for the second year, the concert footage was gathered over the annual four-day music festival at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. Tune in to see Ballerini also join the lineup, as the program begins at 8/7c.
Ballerini hits the road this weekend for another run on Keith Urban’s GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR. As his special guest, she’ll continue to support through November 3 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX, with a local show set for August 24 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
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ABOUT KELSEA BALLERINI: Applauded as GRAMMY nominee Kelsea Ballerini’s “grown-up statement” (Rolling Stone), the Black River Entertainment artist’s acclaimed sophomore album UNAPOLOGETICALLY takes listeners on an intimate journey of loss, life, and love. The 12-track compilation – all written or co-written by Ballerini – features the GOLD-certified, #1 hit “Legends” and current chart-rising single “I Hate Love Songs.” This summer, she’s Keith Urban’s featured artist on the GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR, after wrapping her own sold-out headlining THE UNAPOLOGETICALLY TOUR. The record-breaker skyrocketed to stardom after releasing PLATINUM-certified, #1 smashes – “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Dibs,” “Peter Pan” – from her GOLD-certified breakout THE FIRST TIME. Ballerini is the only female artist in Country music history, including female duos and groups, to go #1 with her first three consecutive singles from a debut album. As spotted on “Best Dressed” lists, the style maven appeared in a multi-page fashion spread in Cosmopolitan’s March 2018 issue, with several other high profile looks in 2017: Billboard Magazine’s GRAMMY preview issue; Forbes’ “30 Under 30” class; and People Magazine’s “Beauty at Every Age” list in their iconic World’s Most Beautiful issue. Praised by The New York Times as an “elegant songwriter,” Ballerini has received the esteemed ASCAP Vanguard Award, CMT Next Women of Country’s Impact Award, Nashville Business Journal’s Artist of the Year, ACM Honor’s Gene Weed Milestone Award, iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist, Billboard Women in Music’s Rising Star, multiple Radio Disney Music Awards plus several breakthrough female awards from ACM and CMT.