The Tennessean | Cindy Watts

How do you celebrate your first No. 1 song? Kelsea Ballerini — whose debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” recently became the first debut single from a female artist in nine years to top the country charts — thought a pizza party was the perfect pitch.

Ballerini had two parties: a formal gathering at ASCAP and then a more laid-back bash under a white tent hosted by her record label, Black River Entertainment. Pizza from Nashville’s Soulshine Pizza Factory was on the menu — the savory pies were what Ballerini and co-writers Forest Glen Whitehead, Josh Kerr and Lance Carpenter ate as they wrote “Love Me Like You Mean It.”

Pizza from Nashville’s Soulshine Pizza Factory was on the menu — the savory pies were what Ballerini and co-writers Forest Glen Whitehead, Josh Kerr and Lance Carpenter ate as they wrote “Love Me Like You Mean It.”

The singer said her parties were when a lot of her success sunk in and “it was cool to finely start feeling it.”

Of what made “Love Me Like You Mean It” connect with music fans, Ballerini explained: “It was one of those songs, where if you didn’t want to listen to the words, it had a good groove to it. But if you did want to listen to the words, it was empowering. And I think girls need that…READ ARTICLE

 

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