05/20/2016

THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AND CBS ANNOUNCE NEW “ACM SESSIONS” PERFORMANCE WITH KELSEA BALLERINI

May 20, 2016

THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AND CBS ANNOUNCE
NEW “ACM SESSIONS” PERFORMANCE WITH KELSEA BALLERINI

“ACM Sessions” On-Demand Concert Series
Now Available on CBS.com and CBS Apps

The Academy of Country Music and CBS Digital Media today announced the launch of a new performance in the “ACM Sessions” online concert series featuring reigning ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year, Kelsea Ballerini. “ACM Sessions” brings fans access to country music’s biggest stars with on-demand performances and interviews. Ballerini’s “ACM Sessions” performance is available now on-demand exclusively on CBS.com and CBS Audience Network partner sites.

“ACM Sessions” features some of country music’s biggest stars and rising talent. Recent artists have included Hunter Hayes, Old Dominion, Brandy Clark, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore, and Chris Young performing their hits and participating in Q&A sessions hosted by the Academy of Country Music's Lisa Lee. “ACM Sessions” with Kelsea Ballerini was taped in front of a live audience at The Hotel Café in Hollywood, CA.

Kelsea Ballerini’s “ACM Sessions” features her two consecutive GOLD-certified, #1 smashes, "Love Me Like You Mean It” and follow-up “Dibs,” and her current chart-rising single “Peter Pan,” as well as other songs from her critically-acclaimed debut album THE FIRST TIME.

The Black River Entertainment recording artist is the first solo female artist in 15 years to hit #1 with her first two country singles and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut. Abuzz with high-profile media looks, she has been named “The Country Sweetheart” in People Magazine’s elite “Ones to Watch” portfolio, touted by Billboard Magazine as “Country’s Next Queen,” praised by Rolling Stone as the “Nashville It Girl” and selected as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country. The talented singer/songwriter’s credit is featured on all 12 songs on her debut. Racking up the accolades, she received Billboard’s “Rising Star” award at the prestigious 2015 Women In Music event and recently earned her first-ever ACM award win for 2016 New Female Vocalist of the Year, the fan-voted Radio Disney Music Award for The Freshest - Best New Artist (all genre) and the American Country Countdown Award (ACCA) for Breakthrough Female of the Year. 

Fans can watch Kelsea Ballerini’s “ACM Sessions” performances on-demand on the CBS App or online at CBS.com: http://www.cbs.com/shows/acm-sessions/kelsea-ballerini/. The show is also available on-demand through CBS properties and select CBS Audience Network partners.

About ACM Sessions™
Launched in 2013, ACM Sessions™ is an online concert series produced by CBS Interactive in partnership with the Academy of Country Music, featuring ACM Award nominees and winners. ACM Sessions brings fans behind-the-scenes access to country music’s biggest stars and rising talent with incredible performances and Q&A sessions, captured at smaller and more intimate venues in Los Angeles or Nashville. The series, available on demand exclusively on CBS Digital Media properties, including CBS.com, and CBS Audience Network partner sites, has included Luke Bryan, Brandy Clark, Brett Eldredge, Hunter Hayes, Justin Moore, Chris Young, and Old Dominion. Tom Lisack and host The Academy of Country Music’s Lisa Lee are executive producers for ACM Sessions. For more information, visit http://www.cbs.com/shows/acm-sessions.

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CBS Interactive Press Contacts: 
Morgan Seal                                                            646-424-4321              morgan.seal@cbsi.com

Academy of Country Music Contact:
Brooke Primero                                                       818-788-8000              brooke@acmcountry.com       

Kelsea Ballerini Contacts:
Jensen Sussman, Sweet Talk Publicity             615-320-9616              Jensen@sweettalkpr.com

Dawn Delvo, Black River Entertainment            615-968-4999              Dawn@blackriverent.com