Kelsea Ballerini Hopes to Learn From Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman on Balancing Her Career and Marriage

Kelsea Ballerini Hopes to Learn From Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman on Balancing Her Career and Marriage

After tying the knot with singer/songwriter Morgan Evans on Dec. 2 and enjoying married life for two months, Kelsea Ballerini got back into “career mode” by kicking off her headlining Unapologetically Tour on Feb. 8. Kelsea’s headlining gig continues through April 27 before she’ll join Keith Urban’s Graffiti U World Tour for 50 dates beginning on June 15.

Likewise, Kelsea’s Australian-born hubby is also keeping a busy tour schedule. In addition to a number of dates in March, Morgan will join Chris Young’s Losing Sleep Tour for 15 stops beginning in April.

With booming careers and busy tour schedules, Kelsea says the newlyweds have a plan in place to keep their marriage blossoming.

photo by Jason Simanek

“We do this thing where we sit down with our calendars once a quarter, and we just figure out when I can go to him, when he can come to me, when we can block two days here and there, and we just figure it out,” says Kelsea to Nash Country Daily. “We just know that this is the time in our lives where we need to put our heads down and work, and meet up when we can because this is the time when we’re setting that foundation, so hopefully a few years down the road we can say, ‘We want to take two weeks off here,’ and it’s okay. But right now we can’t, so we get that.”

When Kelsea joins Keith’s Graffiti U Tour in June, she’ll most likely get to spend some time with Keith and wife Nicole Kidman, who schedule their careers so that they aren’t away from each other for more than “a handful of days.”

“I can’t wait to learn from [Keith and Nicole],” says Kelsea. “I feel like they balance their lives very well, because they’re at that level, which is why I’m saying we need to keep our heads down for a bit longer.”

main photo by Tammie Arroyo,

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Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

When you’re getting a permanent addition to you body, you want to make sure it means something, right?

Michael Ray has several tattoos, but each one has a personal connection to his life, “All my tattoos are either family based, religious based, or music based.”

He shares the story of one of his tattoos that honors his late grandmother, “So, my grandma, Penny, she passed away a couple of years ago, and I have a tattoo memory of my grandfather, and I wanted a tattoo for her. Her nickname was Penny, and I got a penny with my Grandmother’s birth year, 1942, on the date, on the inside of my arm.”

If he could change one thing about the tattoo…it would just be WHEN he got it. Turns out Michael got it on a show day, and it being on his arm, well, Michael admits “I started playing guitar that night…for the show, and it hurt like hell.”

But even with that night of pain Michael proudly says “it’s probably my favorite tattoo.”


Photo Credit: Sean Hagwell