Kelsea Nicole Ballerini (born September 12, 1993) is an American country pop singer and songwriter signed to Black River Entertainment.
At 19, she signed a deal with Black River Entertainment. In late 2014, she released her debut single “Love Me Like You Mean It”, which debuted on Country Airplay in October 2014. She released a self-titled extended play for the label in November. She was named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country in 2014. She performed for the first time on the Grand Ole Opry on February 14, 2015 and sang “Love Me Like You Mean It”. For the chart dated July 4, 2015, “Love Me Like You Mean It” reached number one on the Billboard Country Airplay, making Ballerini the first solo female country artist to score a number one hit with her debut single since Carrie Underwood with “Jesus, Take the Wheel” in 2006, and only the eleventh in history to achieve the feat. Ballerini also became only the fifth solo female country artist to score back-to-back number one hits with her first two singles when “Dibs” reached the top of the Country Airplay chart dated March 5, 2016. She became the first to do it since Jamie O’Neal in 2001.