I feel a loyalty to my favorite artists, and to have my fans feel that, for me, is a special bond because I've been there for so long.

Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini

Profession: Singer
Nationality: American

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I am such a girly girl, and I love not playing it safe. I'm so new to this world, so it's fun to establish myself as a fashionista.

I always thought it was a goat that kicked me over the fence. My mama told me the other day it was a cow. Now I'm sort of scared of both.

It's been really cool to me to watch someone like Sam Hunt, whose lyrics and roots are in country but you can hear that he listens to Drake and Justin Timberlake - and that's OK. It allows songwriters to be more honest because it's like, 'This is who I'm listening to.'

The Grammys to me, well, that's my peers. That's the industry thinking what I do is good.

My favorite songwriting trick is writing something like 'XO.' In my brain, I thought, 'This is probably going to be a love song. How can I change that and find ways to twist that.' As a songwriter, it's your job for the song to take twists and turns that people don't expect.

Growing up in east Tennessee gave me my country roots, my twang, and a lot of my stories.

The thing that's been most important to me is being interactive with people that are listening to my music.

As a young woman, I just think there's something really confident and empowering about being able to flirt back.

My biggest dream is to headline an arena tour.

I would love to do a duet with Gavin Degraw. Or Ed Sheeran.

I started writing songs by myself. That always came from whatever I was feeling and being honest about that because I never had any intention of anyone ever hearing them.

Being a songwriter is really the base of being an artist, for me.

I used to walk around trying to do the Britney Spears growl: 'Oh, baby, baby.'

Getting to do shows with Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, and Sam Hunt is just awesome. It's so inspiring because I grew up such fans of Lady A and Keith, and to be able to sing my songs on the same stage as them and then stand side stage and watch them is just a really special thing.