Kelsea Ballerini started writing songs when she was 12 years old. She told Taste of Country
. "(Taylor Swift) had just released her first record, so from the beginning she's just been a huge influence for me."
Ballerini moved to Nashville with her mother at the age of 15. After a few semesters studying communications and marketing at Nashville's Lipscomb University, she signed a publishing deal with Black River Entertainment.
"I had 250 songs when I signed - then I wrote full-time for a year and a half," Ballerini told Billboard magazine. "When I was younger, I heard that for every 100 songs you write, you get 10 good ones and one hit - and that's proven to be so true. There's a lot of really, really terrible ones."
Interest in Ballerini's self-titled EP was sparked when, out of the blue, Swift tweeted how much she was digging the record. Ballerini said: "To have someone that you've looked up to for a long time admire your stuff and admire what you do is just a really big deal."
Ballerini appeared in 2015 on the Bravo reality TV show Southern Charm about South Carolina socialites, during which she bid $5,001 for a date with bachelor Craig Conover at an auction. However, the date never happened. "That was a spur of the moment thing," she admitted, adding that it was her publicist who spurred her on. "In the end, I gifted the 'date' to a radio station to give away as a prize."
Kelsea Ballerini began dating Australian country singer Morgan Evans in March 2016. They were married on December 2, 2017 on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The pair exchanged their vows barefoot in the sand during the intimate ceremony as Kelsea donned a classic white dress with lace details from Berta.
Ballerni grew up on a farm in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she was on the same land with her cousins, aunt and uncle. "We went to church twice a week and cooked fried chicken - the stereotypical country lifestyle," she told American Songwriter