Black River Entertainment recording artist KELSEA BALLERINI’s sophomore album UNAPOLOGETICALLY is fast-rising to the top after making a strong debut to much acclaim.

The intimate exposé of loss, life, and love, is the thematic successor to Ballerini’s history-making GOLD-certified THE FIRST TIME – which distinguished her as the only female artist in Country music history, including female duos and groups, to impressively achieve three consecutive #1 smashes from a debut album. Produced by Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey – with Shane McAnally, Lindsay Rimes, and Jimmy Robbins on select tracks – UNAPOLOGETICALLY encompasses 12 tracks all written or co-written by the first-rate songwriter.

Launching at #3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #7 All-Genre, after surpassing 44K copies sold in its first week, UNAPOLOGETICALLY has already claimed #1 in Australia and the UK.

Critics can’t stop praising Ballerini’s unapologetically sophisticated second chapter:

“Kelsea Ballerini’s Unapologetic Second Act”

MusicRow Magazine

“…a reflective and decisive songwriter with hard-nosed grit and sunny hooks to match.”

Rolling Stone Country

“… it feels like you're reading pages out of her diary.”

Knoxville News Sentinel

“Beautiful Vulnerability”


“… tunes full of rootsy twang, polished with radio sheen.”

People Magazine

Further cementing her rising Country stardom, Ballerini is highlighted in People Magazine’s “Picks” (11/13 issue) and Cosmopolitan’s December issue, in addition to a recent episode of Netflix’s Chelsea. Watch as Ballerini and Chelsea Handler hilariously chat about UNAPOLOGETICALLY over a multi-course meal of chicken nuggets – Ballerini’s “love language.”

Commanding her stacked national TV spotlight, Ballerini will next perform her current chart-rising lead single “Legends” on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, November 21 (local times and channels), before ABC’s season 25 finale of Dancing with the Stars (8/7c) that night. She’ll also usher in the holidays as the featured headliner of CBS’ The Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 23 (live across three time zones: 9:00 a.m. ET, 8:00 a.m. CT, and 7:00 a.m. MT).

Ballerini will continue to celebrate the joyous season with “Children Go Where I Send You,” as featured on The Star: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star in theaters Friday (11/17). In addition, she’s among the star-studded lineup for the eighth annual CMA Country Christmas special, airing on Monday, November 27, at 8/7c on ABC. Hosted by Reba McEntire, the two-hour holiday show is SOLD-OUT and filmed from Nashville’s legendary Grand Ole Opry.

For more information on KELSEA BALLERINI and THE UNAPOLOGETICALLY TOUR, which launches this winter, visit KelseaBallerini.com and reach out to her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Fans can also follow along the tour with #KB2TOUR.

About Kelsea Ballerini:

Dubbed 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. “Legends” marks the first chart-rising single among the 12-track compilation – all written or co-written by Ballerini. Following a sold-out first headlining tour, THE FIRST TIME TOUR, last year, Ballerini kicks off THE UNAPOLOGETICALLY TOUR this winter. The record-breaker skyrocketed to stardom after releasing three consecutive PLATINUM-certified, #1 smashes from her critically acclaimed, GOLD debut album THE FIRST TIME – “Love Me Like You Mean It," “Peter Pan,” and “Dibs” – making her the only female artist in Country music history, including female duos and groups, to achieve this accolade. Ballerini has appeared on the cover of Billboard Magazine’s GRAMMY preview issue, was included in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” class of 2017, and featured in People Magazine’s “Beauty at Every Age” list in their iconic World’s Most Beautiful issue for 2017. Praised by The New York Times as an “elegant songwriter," Ballerini has received the esteemed ASCAP Vanguard Award, CMT’s Impact Award after being chosen to be a part of CMT’s Next Women of Country, Nashville Business Journal’s Artist of The Year, ACM Honor’s Gene Weed Milestone Award, iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist, ACM Award for New Female Vocalist of the Year (2016), ACCA Award for Breakthrough Female of the Year (2016), multiple Radio Disney Music Awards, and Billboard’s Rising Star title at the prestigious 2015 Women in Music event.