Kelsea Ballerini Teams With Cracker Barrel & NASH Icon for a Night of Legendary Karaoke [Photo Gallery]

Kelsea Ballerini Teams With Cracker Barrel & NASH Icon for a Night of Legendary Karaoke [Photo Gallery]

On the heels of the June 7 release of her new single, “Legends,” Kelsea Ballerini partnered with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and NASH Icon for a night of karaoke at Ascend Amphitheater on Thursday evening (June 8). Three lucky karaoke contestants—Kaila Dakota, Chelsea Rhodes and Karen Meiers—got the chance to show off their pipes on the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage in the contest dubbed Kelsea Ballerini’s Legends of Country Karaoke, which was hosted by NASH Icon’s Jason Addams.

Karen’s cover of Reba McEntire’s “Fancy” netted her the $500 Visa gift card grand prize, while Chelsea and Kaila received $100 Cracker Barrel gift cards for their renditions of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Shania Twain’s “Any Man of Mine,” respectively.

“As part of the release of my new single, ‘Legends,’ I teamed up with my friends at Cracker Barrel and NASH Icon to host the Legends of Country Karaoke,” says Kelsea. “I had so much fun listening to the fans karaoke some of my favorite songs from country music legends.”

Check out a photo gallery of the night’s events.

photos by Jason Simanek; Karen, Kaila and Kelsea close-up photos courtesy Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter