Kelsea Ballerini Will Take Fans On A Journey Of Her Career During ‘CMT Storytellers’

Ballerini will make history as the first woman to ever headline CMT Storytellers.


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Posted on February 16, 2023

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Kelsea Ballerini is set to headline the third installment of the famed music series CMT Storytellers, which premieres on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 10/9c on CMT.

The multi-platinum country superstar will share songs and stories with fans and take them on a journey from her 2015 debut album, to her latest full-length release, Subject To Change.

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“Songwriting is my therapy, my haven, my best friend, and my exhale,” Ballerini shared in a press release. “It’s the purest part of what I do, and I am grateful to join a lineup of storytellers I’ve learned from as I tell mine.”

Filmed at World Wide Stages in Spring Hill, Tennessee, Ballerini is joined by a very intimate studio audience for the CMT Storytellers performance.

The chart-topping hitmaker will perform tracks such as “Peter Pan,” “Homecoming Queen?,” “Half of My Hometown,” “Doin’ My Best” and “If You Go Down (I’m Goin’ Down Too).”


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Ballerini, who is the first female to headline CMT Storytellers, will also give fans a taste of her just-released project, Rolling Up The Welcome Mat, with a performance of the personal track, “Leave Me Again.”

“For a while the shoe fit / But then I outgrew it / And staying only made me get real good at pretending / So, I hope I never leave me again,” Ballerini sings on the chorus.

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Kelsea Ballerini’s CMT Storytellers will re-air on Sunday, February 19th at 11a/10c (CMT) Friday, February 24th at 8p/7c (CMT Music) and Saturday, February 25th at 10a/9c and 6p/5c (CMT Music). 

Additionally, Ballerini is also set to host the upcoming 2023 CMT Music Awards, which will take place in Austin, Texas at the Moody Center on April 2.

The country star flew to Austin to make the announcement in November when she made a surprise appearance at Carrie Underwood’s Denim & Rhinestones concert at the Moody Center. 

While on stage, Ballerini presented Underwood with a special CMT Music Awards belt buckle, recognizing her as the winningest artist in CMT history, with a total of 25 trophies.

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Kelsea Ballerini Will Soon Hit The Road

2023 is shaping up to be a busy year for Ballerini. She will bring her HEARTFIRST Tour to the United Kingdom beginning Feb. 23. The four-date run will visit Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, and London.

The hitmaker will then embark on the second leg of her HEARTFIRST Tour, which will kick off on March 6 at History in Toronto, ON. The nine-show intimate outing is scheduled to continue through March 18, where the trek will wrap up in Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE.

Both of Ballerini’s upcoming stints are in support of her fourth studio album, Subject To Change, which arrived on September 23, 2022. The project features 15 tracks, including her current single “If You Go Down (I’m Goin’ Down Too),” fan-favorite tunes “HEARTFIRST,” “What I Have,” “Doin’ My Best,” “Love Is A Cowboy,” as well as her collaboration with Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce, “You’re Drunk, Go Home.”

Kelsea Ballerini; Photo By Andrew Wendowski
Kelsea Ballerini; Photo By Andrew Wendowski

“HEARTFIRST,” the lead single of Subject To Change, was recently nominated for a 2023 GRAMMY Awards in the category of Best Country Solo Performance.

Later this year, Ballerini will hit the road with her longtime friend and musical hero, and “Half Of My Hometown” collaborator, Kenny Chesney, on the I Go Back Tour. The trek will visit 21 cities and will kick off on March 25 in State College, PA.

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