At first glance, singer Kelsea Ballerini seems to have her whole life figured out at age 24. Having conquered the country charts with her 2015 debut album, "The First Time," she’s now finished her follow-up record and is busy planning her wedding to Australian singer Morgan Evans. As poised as she appears, the “Yeah Boy” singer admits she’s got a serious case of growing pains.
“I call it my puberty phase as an artist,” says Ballerini, who writes about insecurities on her new album, Unapologetically. “Sometimes I want to be the adult that people listen to and sometimes I want to be the little kid that people help.”
Ballerini found her footing as a singer-songwriter and earned an early career boost from Taylor Swift, who sung her praises on Twitter in 2015. Since then, Ballerini has become an Instagram star herself—a role that isn’t as easy as it looks, she says.
“People put so much pressure on girls to be perfect. I just try to be upfront on social media. Sometimes, I watch a sad movie and makeup runs down my face.” The Academy of Country Music Awards winner also admits her shortcomings as a performer. She didn’t stage her first concert until three years ago. To get up to speed, she studied tour documentaries featuring Justin Bieber, Katy Perryand the country trio Lady Antebellum, who left her lusting after their onstage hydraulic life. "That's on my bucket list now," she says with a laugh. "When I have my own lift, I'll finally be happy."