The "Peter Pan" singer, 23, got engaged to her boyfriend of nine months, Morgan Evans, on Christmas morning after he popped the question while she was making breakfast.
Ballerini revealed how the proposal went down on her Instagram account and also shared a loved-up pic with a closeup of her ring.
"iThis morning, 9 months and 13 days later, he got down on one knee in the kitchen while I was burning pancakes and asked me to marry him. Loving him has been the greatest gift of my life. And now I get to do it for life. #HECALLEDDIBS"
Nominated for best new artist at next month's Grammy Awards, country-pop singer Kelsea Ballerini took the time to record a video for Billboard to discuss her first nomination and why she's just glad her music has made such an impression on fans.
“I think 'Peter Pan' had an impact on people this year because it talks about a kind of heartbreak that doesn’t get talked about as much,” said Ballerini. “And it’s the kind that isn’t super climactic, it doesn’t have one big blow-up moment. It’s just where people fall out of love, and it doesn’t work, and one person isn’t as committed. And I think that that’s what resonated so well with people.”
“I’m also rooting for all my fellow country people, so Carrie [Underwood]'s up for a bunch of awards, Maren [Morris is] up for a bunch of awards -- including best new artist,” said Ballerini. “Which, by the way, is really cool that two country females are in that category.”
On what she admires most about friend Taylor Swift:
I think if there was someone’s career I could mirror, it would be Taylor Swift. Not only because she is Taylor, but because she has always remained sweet and confident in herself and has always kept fans and songwriting at the forefront of what she does. For me, that is kind of at the heartbeat of what I always want to do with my music. I always want to be a songwriter and be there for people to listen to my music.
I also love that she isn’t scared to trust her gut and she believes in whatever her vision might be. As a young woman, it is kind of scary and sometimes hard to speak up and take charge. Taylor has really surrounded herself with people who believe in her vision and her career and that’s such an empowering thing.
On why songwriting is so important for her as an artist:
I don’t think I would be an artist if I wasn’t a songwriter. I grew up singing and I always loved it, but it was never anything that I thought, “oh I’m going to be a singer when I grow up.” When I started writing I felt like whatever it was that I was going through and writing about was probably what other people were going through too. Being able to share that with other people was something that really appealed to me early on.
On why her song “Peter Pan” was one of her favorites to write:
I wrote the song even before I had a record deal and this was one of those songs that was like as soon as we wrote it we knew we had something special. For me being able to put out “Love Me Like You Mean It” was super fun and was fun to show that side of myself. “Peter Pan,” though, in my opinion shows a bit more depth and heart and as a songwriter [it’s] something that I was excited to put out and put on the radio.
Kelsea Ballerini’s first tour bus sounds unforgettable. Her description in the new issue of Self magazine makes it sounds like it was tricked out hunter’s lodge on wheels.
“My first artist bus was Jason Aldean’s old bus, with deer antlers over the lights and cowhide on the back of the couches,” she says. “It was such an absolute dude bus. The one I’m in now is more of a girl bus, so I have a bedroom in the back and the right lighting over the mirror, which makes getting ready for shows so much easier.”
Ballerini starts Thomas Rhett’s Home Team Tour on Feb. 23 in Saginaw, Michigan, and after four major tours, including her own headlining run, she has living out of a suitcase down. Her fridge will be stocked with healthy comfort foods (hummus is her favorite), customized meals by Vibe Chefs and lots of LaCroix. And if there is a Whole Foods on the way to a gig, she’ll always make pit stop for their California chicken salad with grapes, pita chips and kombucha.
“It took a while to learn to eat healthy on road,” she admits. “It’s really hard. Really, really hard. But on the bus, I can use the stove top in the morning to make a veggie scramble. And have lots and lots and lots of coffee. I try to have protein for dinner so I have energy for the show.”
My first album covered my life from the ages of 12 to 21 years old. So I was able to cover a lot of ground, but it was more vague than I wanted it to be. This next album I covered only two years, so I feel there is a lot of life that has happened, but it will be in a lot more details.
On her message to her fans:
I think it is empowerment; I hope that it is. There are sad songs on my album, but even with the sad songs like “Peter Pan” at the end it wraps back around and says you don’t know what you lost. I think it’s important to put out that positive message and teach both girls and guys to have that confidence within themselves and to love even though it can be hard. I hope people feel empowered when I put my record out.