Ballerini burst onto the country music scene with supersonic speed, and she’s been shining brighter with each passing day. With hits like “Peter Pan,” “Miss Me More,” and “Hole in the Bottle,” she’s proven herself as a lyrical genius who can make you dance and cry, sometimes at the same time. But what sets her apart from the rest of the musical universe is her unapologetic authenticity.
In the publication, Shania Twain gives a short summary of Ballerini’s accomplishments and career so far, sharing that Ballerini earned her exclusive spot on TIME100 list by being vulnerable and authentic.
“Kelsea Ballerini and I first met at a country-music awards show,” Twain explained. “I remember thinking back then how talented she was as a songwriter at such a young age. She’s an old soul in many ways. As a veteran songwriter, I’m always looking for authenticity, and I’m really inspired by clever songwriting—songwriting that is not only thought-provoking and meaningful but most of all original. Kelsea writes with all those qualities.”
Ballerini’s talent for crafting heartfelt and unique songs is evident, particularly in her 2023 EP, “Rolling Up the Welcome Mat.” This emotionally charged project strikes a deep chord with its audience. Through her storytelling, she guides listeners on an emotional journey through the challenges of her recent divorce, leaving a long lasting impression on their hearts and minds, hopefully becoming an outlet for people who are struggling with the same issues.
“She isn’t afraid to be vulnerable and really brave with her songwriting,” Twain says.
“I watch her work incredibly hard and challenge herself, but she also has fun, and that is wonderful to see,” she adds.
As she continues to rise, Kelsea Ballerini isn’t just a shining star— she’s a guiding light for aspiring artists. Her spot on the TIME100 Next list is not just a recognition of her musical talent, but it’s a celebration of her spirit, her kindness, and her ability to make the world a better place, one song at a time.
So here’s to Kelsea Ballerini, the girl who’s proving that in a world of bright lights and big dreams, it’s the heart that truly shines the brightest. Cheers to her well-deserved spot on the TIME100 Next List!