Do you follow us on instagram?! You should! If not, here’s a peek of Country Heartbeat‘s 9 most liked photos of 2016! I can’t wait to see what concerts and experiences 2017 brings!
I am SO beyond proud of this wonderful, beautiful, humble, kind, bright and shining STAR! I’ve listened to her debut album so many times that it should be a crime. I’ve wholeheartedly supported her since day 1… and now she is the FIRST debut female artist in country music history to have her first 3 singles go #1! Can’t wait to see how far her next single, “Yeah Boy” goes! I’m willing to bet it will be another #1 for her career.
Love you. Mean it.
Kelsea Ballerini woke up on Saturday morning to a decorated bus in early celebration of her 23rd birthday and she squealed with excitement. Later that night, her bandmates popped a bottle of champagne, lit her candles on birthday cupcakes, and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her after their show in Bristow, Virgina.
This weekend also marked another reason for a huge celebration… her 3rd single off her debut album, “Peter Pan” HIT NUMBER ONE! All it takes is faith, trust, and a little pixie dust! Congrats, girl!
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'all it takes is faith, trust, and a little pixie dust'… …And two incredible cowriters (@forestglen & @jesseleemusic) and two passionate producers (@forestglen & @jason_massey) and a team/army of @black_river_entertainment, @_iconic_entertainment_, #FBMM @marbaloomktg, @sweettalkpr, @kristaroser, my band and crew, and my fans who fight to get my music heard every single day. Dearest country radio, thank you for being the pixie dust. We did it. It's number one. We just made history, y'all. ✨ #PeterPan
The day has just begun, and I’m sure Kelsea has something pretty big planned for today, her special day! She deserves every wonderful and amazing thing that has happened to her so far and all the success that is still to come! HAPPY BIRTHDAY KELS! ❤
With Coachella just around the corner, TickPick and I have teamed up to present with Country Heartbeat readers my ideal country music festival! I have so many favorites that they had to divide the festival between two days! If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, it’s pretty obvious who my favorite country artists are. Whenever someone asks who my favorite artist is, I ask them if I can give them a top-5 or top-10 list instead, because it’s entirely way too hard to narrow down. I then proceed to list the above 10 artists, and a few others… depending on whose show I may have seen recently and re-fell in love with.
Total girl confession first off; I totally loved my outfit for Friday and wanted to have a mini photo shoot by the pool where we were staying with Jencita’s family. So we did.
First on our agenda for Friday was a meet and greet with Thomas Rhett at the BMLG Music Has Value pop-up store at the MGM Grand at 1:30pm. One hundred people received wristbands to meet Thomas by purchasing some Music Has Value merchandise from the shop and then there was an “if he has time” line. Since I didn’t have a physical copy of his recent album Tangled Up (I know, shame on me!), I purchased that for him to sign. One thing I learned that day? I probably shouldn’t wear white/ivory. My shirt had a lipstick stain on it within 5 minutes of arriving at MGM. So typical of me!
Party For a Cause festival gates opened at 3pm on Friday, so Jencita and I drove down to the other end of the strip, to the new MGM Grand Festival Grounds, across from the SLS Hotel. Part of my goal during this years ACM week was to keep my radio station and all of it’s listeners, WPOR 101.9, informed with an inside look!
As soon as I learned two of my ultimate favorites, Kip Moore and Kelsea Ballerini, would be at the 95.5 The Bull’s 8th Annual Guitar Pull, I made it a goal to attend! As most of you all know, this was a “budget trip”, so funds were limited. Per usual, I reached out to 95.5 for a chance to win some tickets, but heard nothing back. As fate would have it, my friend Chris had a pair of tickets and became ill, and he graciously donated them to me! So appreciative beyond words for this opportunity to see these artists acoustically in a laid back setting.
Up first on stage was Hunter Hayes and Kelsea Ballerini! Kelsea started off by telling the crowd that her and Hunter are “real-life friends” and that he was actually with her when she found out that Dibs had reached number 1! (It appears that Cody Alan (her “favorite human”) was there too!
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late last night, I got a call that my second single Dibs was the number one song on country radio. I was surrounded with many of my favorite people in the world. These moments are so precious and cherished, and ones that I'll hold in my heart forever. Sending giant hugs to everyone who has played this song on the radio, turned it up on the radio, sang it sassily to the person they like, downloaded it, and supported it. We just made history together. Gonna go cry now.
The ACM Awards are right around the corner and there is a new category this year- ‘New Female Vocalist Of The Year.’ My passion for the ACM Awards runs deep, and I’ve been lucky enough to get the opportunity to team up with Variety Beat for some pre-ACM coverage! You can check out the article that we wrote below! There’s even a poll at the bottom, so please vote for your favorite!