Kelsea Ballerini lined up for ‘CMT Storytellers’

CMT Storytellers: Kelsea Ballerini to premiere Feb 16th

CMT has announced that Kelsea Ballerini is set to headline the third installment of famed music series CMT Storytellers, premiering Thursday, February 16th at 10 pm ET/PT.

Featuring never-before-heard stories and new musings behind her most career-defining songs, CMT Storytellers: Kelsea Ballerini takes fans along on a musical journey that begins with Ballerini’s Platinum-selling debut album The First Time (2015) through her latest critically-acclaimed project Subject to Change (2022) and includes hits “Peter Pan,” “Homecoming Queen?,” “Half of My Hometown,” and “If You Go Down.” Filmed in front of an intimate studio audience outside of Nashville, Ballerini opens up about her evolution as a songwriter and artist, her writing process and navigating life and career during her rise to stardom in this special one-hour concert event.

“Songwriting is my therapy, my haven, my best friend, and my exhale. It’s the purest part of what I do, and I am grateful to join a lineup of storytellers I’ve learned from as I tell mine,” Ballerini shares.

Kelsea Ballerini is the first female to headline CMT Storytellers, on the heels of announcing her return as CMT Music Awards co-host for the third consecutive year, and is set to appear as part of the historic concert event The Judds: Love Is Alive – The Final Concert, premiering this spring. This Sunday, she also looks to take home her first Grammy Award in the Best Country Solo Performance category for Heartfirst. Ballerini is set to embark on the second leg of her headlining Heartfirst Tour this spring, in addition to joining country icon Kenny Chesney on his highly-anticipated I Go Back Tour.

The series gives fans a front row seat with behind-the-scenes access to their favorite artists and music. Legendary duo Brooks & Dunn kicked off the series revival this spring, followed by 3x Grammy -winning singer-songwriter Darius Rucker. The Storytellers franchise originally aired on VH1 from 1990 to 2015 and quickly became a cultural touchstone, featuring some of the biggest names in music including Garth Brooks, The Chicks, Pearl Jam, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift, among others.

Additional airings of CMT Storytellers: Kelsea Ballerini will be Sunday, February 19th at 11 am ET/PT, Friday, February 24th at 8 pm ET/PT, and Saturday, February 25th at 10 am ET/PT and 6 pm ET/PT.

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