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Kelsea Ballerini opens up to about her journey to stardom

The Country star discusses her experiences trying to make it.

Kelsea Ballerini
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Kelsea Ballerini has opened up to about her journey to fame in a new ‘How I Made It’ video.

The Grammy nominated Country music star, who is gearing up to release her new album Unapologetically later this year, talks about a variety of topics in the video including adjusting to life as an award-winning star and being friends with her musical heroes.

Discussing her experiences with the music industry, Ballerini said, “The most frustrating, but also the coolest, part about the music industry is that there’s no set way to make it happen. I grew up loving music, and I always loved singing. But I was from Knoxville, Tenn., and I didn’t know you could just choose to be a singer. Then I wrote a song when I was 12. And that, for me, was the moment where I was like, ‘I don’t know how to do this, but I’m going to go and figure it out.”

Ballerini reveals that she faced a lot of rejection from an early age as she tried to get her music heard:

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“I started going to Nashville when I was 12 or 13. I would show up to meetings with my guitar, with 20 songs, ready to go. No one would take me seriously. Taylor [Swift] had just launched. I learned how to write songs by listening to Taylor. By listening to Shania, and Faith. I wrote songs that I thought sounded like the radio, but the reality was, they were already on the radio. No one wanted to hear what I had to say because it was already said. So I kind of had to go away and figure out, ‘What is it that YOU want to say? What do YOU want to be about? What do YOU want to stand for?’”

During the video, Ballerini explains the moment that everything changed for her: “The biggest moment for me was getting my publishing deal. Cause that was kind of the first step into the real music industry … And I was able to leave school and do it full time. So I wrote songs full-time for a year, and at the end of that year is when I got my record deal.”

Read the full story over on and watch the interview below:


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