Fans from all over the United States traveled to Knoxville, TN on October 28 to experience the unforgettable with Kelsea Ballerini. Central High School, the school where the songstress spent two years before moving to Nashville to pursue a career in music, welcomed Ballerini back for a special homecoming show this past weekend. It was a night filled with pride, and unapologetically having a good time. Not to mention, the show, part of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, sold out in one minute with the admission being free.
“First and foremost, I put out my second record Friday (Nov. 3), which is nuts because I’ve been writing and working on this … for literally three years, and … I’ve never been so proud anything in my life than this album,” said Ballerini from the stage. “And I felt like the most pure and just best way to kick off this new chapter of my life was to come back to my hometown and sell out the gymnasium at my high school and start this new chapter really where it all started for me. I remember you guys. I remember singing a song that I’d written for the first time ever on the stage of that auditorium. Ever. The first time ever.”
The crowd was enthusiastic to see Ballerini in all of her glory, while the songstress was bubbly and couldn’t believe she was standing back on the stage that started it all. She performed songs from her new album including, “Unapologetically,” “Miss Me More,” and “Legends”. She also presented new arrangements for songs on her debut album The First Time.
When you see Ballerini on stage, you know it’s her natural habitat. You know it’s where she belongs. This show wasn’t any different from the rest as she gave advice on stage as if she was speaking with her best friend. She has the strong ability to connect with an audience in a way we have never seen before.
After a few performances from the singer, she came out and presented a check with the school principal Michael Reynolds to surprise the school’s Choral Department with $20,000 donation. Ballerini was then awarded the school’s highest honor ‘The Bobcat Award’.
the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever been able to do. thank you @iheartradio & @acmawards for partnering with me in donating to my high schools choral department. tonight through the happy tears, I said that the best advice I can give to anyone in middle or high school is to find what makes them happy and chase it. I hope that this helps the next 14 year old girl find her voice and passion and follow it. Thank you @tnvacation for making this happen. // 📸 @shearerphoto
If you missed Ballerini’s homecoming show, don’t worry. You’ll have an opportunity to see her in 2018 on her Unapologetically Tour that kicks off in February in Alabama.
Kelsea Ballerini’s sophomore album Unapologetically hits store November 3.