So THIS is What Goes Down in Taylor Swift’s Dressing Room Before a Show
You probably recognize this bubbly blonde, who goes by the name Kelsea Ballerini, by the countless tweets, grams and various other social media shout-outs from Taylor Swift. T.Swift is pretty much OB-sessed with this chick, and LBR when has the “Bad Blood” singer ever been wrong? Never. In the short time that Kelsea has been on the scene, she has already managed to lock in two CMA noms and even one for an AMA.
As Taylor’s resident little sis, she has gotten to hang with the 24-year-old quite a few times (NBD) and can even speak from experience on what the 1989 singer does backstage on her worldwide tour. Kelsea spilled on all the deets, and of course everything we wanted to know about her debut album, The First Time. Check it all out here:
Let’s talk about The First Time. Since its release in May you’ve been up to so much! What have been some of the highlights from this summer?
“Oh my gosh, I’ve been all over the place. It’s been really cool to release my album in May, then tour all summer and see people go from just knowing the single to knowing a lot of the songs on the record. Getting to do shows with Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban and Sam Hunt is just awesome. It’s so inspiring because I grew up such fans of Lady A and Keith and to be able to sing my songs on the same stage as them and then stand side stage and watch them is just a really special thing.”
Taylor Swift gave you a shout-out on Twitter back in March and she even invited you to Abigail’s birthday. Was it as fun as it looked?
“She did! Okay, so I’m such a Swiftie, first of all; that’s one thing to know about me. I still remember going out and buying her first record and being in three different meet and greet lines to meet her at three different points in my life. I’ve always just looked up to her because as a young singer slash songwriter in country music, she was the one to look up to. To have someone like that essentially endorse what you’re doing and just encourage you, is insane. I’ve gotten to hang out with her a few times and become friends with her, and she’s even more lovely as a human than an artist and that’s really hard to believe.”
We need to talk about your visit during the 1989 World Tour! You got to hang backstage with Taylor Swift. We need details!
“(Laughs) I actually teamed up with a country station there and did a little pre-show outside the stadium. Afterwards, Taylor invited me to hang out backstage with her Rachel Platten, Vance Joy and Little Big Town. It was a cool moment because we’re all in different genres and on different levels, but it was this cool two-hour jam session where all that mattered was music and that we loved each other’s music and were fans of each other. We just passed around a guitar and played songs that we love that just happened to be each other’s songs. I swear, it was one of the coolest nights of my entire life.”
Speaking of that backstage jam session, Taylor Swift not-so-discreetly put in her vote for your next single. Have you considered making “Yeah Boy” an upcoming single?
“Well my next single is “Dibs,” actually. It’s funny, we picked “Dibs” a couple of days before that jam session happened, so when she tweeted about “Yeah Boy,” we were like, ‘Ah, did we do the right thing?!’ But, “Dibs” had had this really cool life on Radio Disney and Sirius XM for a while now, and we were really excited to bring that to country radio. It’s in the Top 30 now, which we’re stoked about. I definitely love “Yeah Boy” and I hope it has a life down the road, but “Dibs” is the one right now.”
What else did you and Taylor get to talk about? Did she give you any advice?
“Taylor is so kind and generous, and I’m excited to learn more from her. She has encouraged me to stay warm and human, that those qualities are what make people relate.”
You guys have a lot in common and people have even said you’re a Taylor Swift in-the-making. Do you plan on sticking to pop-country or experimenting more with pop?
“I always say… I grew up on a farm in East Tennessee but Britney Spears was my first concert. My life is truly pop country. My roots are very southern, as is my lifestyle, but I’m definitely influenced by every genre. I just want to make the best music I can make.”
We saw the VMA pictures and you’re pretty much part of the “Bad Blood” squad. What would be your “Bad Blood” character?
“Am I?! Ha. I’d be “the asSASSin”… I believe strongly in a healthy dose of sass.”
What can you tell us about “Dibs,” your next single?
“It’s called “Dibs”, and just like “Love Me Like You Mean It” I really wanted a fun, flirty feeling tune with an empowering message.”
Let’s talk a little bit about when you were on the road this summer. What’s your favorite song to play live?
“It has definitely been fun to watch the growth of how familiar fans have become with “Love Me.” I absolutely love getting everyone singing.”
What was the craziest thing a fan did for you?
“There have been so many awesome things…they bring me my favorite candy and toys for my dog all the time. I have to say though, when I was filming my video for “Dibs” they made hundreds of handmade sparkly clever signs, and it was incredible.”
You’re getting ready to hit the road again next month! What can fans expect from you this time around?
“We’re completely revamping our show, giving it a little makeover. I’m getting to go back to some places I’ve already been, so I want to make sure to keep it all fresh. It’s a high energy show, I want to have a 45 minute dance party every night.”
Do you have any other upcoming news that you can share with fans?
“For the fans that have already had The First Time for almost six months, I AM WORKING ON NEW MUSIC. I’m so proud of the record I made, but am actively trying to create more music for you.”
Check out Kelsea’s super fun vid for “Dibs” here: