Kelsea Ballerini Covers Billboard's 'Next-Gen Grammys' Issue

Before Kelsea Ballerini could write her future hits, she had to hit a wall.

Country’s new it-girl covers one of three of Billboard’s “Next-Gen Grammys” issues and discusses her second album, a project, she says, was born with some initial difficulty.

“A couple of months ago I was hitting a wall every time I tried to write, every time I tried to pick a producer, every time I tried to do something ­different than the first album,” Kelsea explains.

“Then I just decided, ‘Make an album that you’re proud of. Make it with your friends. Just do it the same way again.’ So the same two guys [Jason Massey and Forest Glen Whitehead] are producing it. I’m writing it with most of the same people.”

The “Yeah Boy” singer added she felt “healthy pressure” while creating her sophomore release.

“It makes me want to make it really good. But it crippled me for a bit,” she says.

Pick up Kelsea on the cover of Billboard, out February 11, and watch to see if she nabs the “Best New Artist” Grammy at the Los Angeles ceremony February 12 on CBS.

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