By Jason the 200 lb. Cowboy

Kelsea Ballerini is quickly becoming a rising star in the Nashville scene. Her song, “Love Ya Like You Mean It” is climbing the charts. Kelsea also has some big time cheerleaders in her corner. Downtown Hoedown alum and Detroit native, Jana Kramer. Jana loves Kelsea Ballerini like she means it. The two hit it off when they first met at a guitar pull, and Jana has been there for Kelsea ever since. “She was just talking about her single. And she was like, ‘I just really hope I get to like top 30.’ I was just like, ‘No.’ First of all, she’s just so sweet and again such a great girl, great singer, the fact that her song is rising as it is — I just want her to have that confidence.”

Kelsea talks with The Dr. Don Show with Rachael and Grunwald for the first time and we were very excited to learn more about her. We find out that her first job was a job that is very dear to Grunwald’s heart. “My first real job was at a cupcake place. They said you couldn’t sell damaged cupcakes, so I would “accidentally” knock the icing off the top and eat it!”

Kelsea has been a fan of country music her entire life. Growing up in Tennessee, Kelsea would go to Nashville to see her favorite artists. She would go down to the red carpet for the award shows to get her pictures and autographs from the like of Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Kelsea now talks about going from the fan side of the red carpet to the artist side. “When I first moved to Nashville I was 15 and there is a picture of me on the red carpet of the CMT Awards with my hand out trying to reach Keith Urban. So it’s cool now being on the other side and still being a fan of these artists who are now becoming my friends.”

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