Kelsea Ballerini Talks CMA Awards Collaboration With Reba, Songwriting, New Tour & New Album, “Unapologetically”

Kelsea Ballerini Talks CMA Awards Collaboration With Reba, Songwriting, New Tour & New Album, “Unapologetically”

Jim Casey talks with Kelsea Ballerini about:

  • her very busy schedule
  • titling her new album, Unapologetically
  • picking songs for the new album
  • leading with her heart
  • writing or co-writing every track on the album
  • her upcoming The Unapologetically Tour
  • building the album with her darkest song, “Graveyard”
  • her favorite song on the record, “In Between”
  • writing “End of the World”
  • earning her fifth career CMA Awards nomination
  • performing with Reba McEntire at the CMA Awards
  • learning from tours with Thomas Rhett and Lady Antebellum

Show Participants

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Jim Casey, NCD editor in chief

photo by Bryan Webb

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Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Congrats to Chris Young who is a 3-time CMA Award nominee this year.

His song “Famous Friends”, which he sings with Kane Brown, racked up nominations in the categories of Single, Musical Event, and Video of the Year.

Talking about his nominations, Chris says “I was blown away by the fact that there were three award nominations for the song. I mean, there’s so much that’s gone into it and so many people that have fallen in love with it and supported it and, you know, just having a hit with your friend in the first place is great with a song like “Famous Friends” with my buddy Kane Brown, but then to be nominated for three different CMA Awards, including Single of the Year. It’s just incredible.”

Chris, Kane and all the other nominees will learn if they’re taking home trophies, when the 55th Annual CMA Awards are handed out in Nashville on Wednesday November 10 – broadcasted live on ABC.

Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson