Kelsea Ballerini is one of country’s newest female voices, and like a lot of country listeners she didn’t grow up on country alone. She shared a clip on Facebook today for #TBT, having fun with some of her bubblegum pop influences, straight from MTV’s Total Request Live playlist.
“I think we should have a dance party,” says the “Dibs” singer, just before jumping into a medley of Y2K-era megahits. Taking place during a July 2nd show at the Texas Club in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her sassy mashup included Brittany Spears’ “Baby One More Time” and “Oops I Did It Again,” the Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” N’Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye,” Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” and last but not least, “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child. Wearing a frilly white jacket and tiny black miniskirt, Ballerini had the whole crowd helping out on vocals and dancing along like it was giant middle-school slumber party.
The Tennessee native’s debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It” – which features vocal hints at some of her teen-pop faves – hit Number One on Billboard’s country airplay chart in early July, and her follow up, the tongue-in-cheek weekend jam “Dibs,” is the most-added song at country radio this week.
About her cross-genre sound, Ballerini recently told Entertainment Weekly she even looks toward rap for inspiration. “Rap has the most clever phrases, little four-word lines,” she said. “My favorite thing to do is find tricks like that.”
Ballerini just finished up the CMT Next Women of Country tour with Jana Kramer and has dates scheduled through October 4th at fairs, festivals and clubs around the country.