Kelsea Nicole Ballerini is an American country pop singer and songwriter. She began songwriting as a child and signed with Black River Entertainment in 2014, releasing her debut studio album the following year, The First Time. Her second studio album, Unapologetically, followed in 2017. Ballerini’s first two albums have accounted for seven charted songs on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. She has four No. 1 singles on the latter, starting with her debut single «Love Me Like You Mean It», which made her the first female artist to send a debut single to the top of that chart since Carrie Underwood in 2006. It was followed by «Dibs» and «Peter Pan», whose peaks also made her the first female country artist to send her first three singles to the top of that chart since Wynonna Judd. Ballerini’s fourth No. 1 single is «Legends». Her third and fourth studio albums, Kelsea and Ballerini were both released in 2020.
In March 2016, Ballerini began dating Australian country singer Morgan Evans. They became engaged on Christmas Day 2016 and were married on December 2, 2017, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.