Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini (9:00 PM)

Levi Hummon (8:00 PM)

Mon, November 23, 2015

7:00 pm

Adv Tix $15.00 / Day of Show Tix $20.00

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Kelsea Ballerini - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Kelsea Ballerini
Kelsea Ballerini's breakout hit, "Love Me Like You Mean It," is just a taste of the country-pop sound in her imaginative catalog. The Knoxville, Tennessee native has dedicated the better part of the last decade to creating inspiring music, based on her life, to motivate others to live without fear of their emotions. Due May 18th, her full-length debut, The First Time, has Kelsea's credit behind every song. The album radiates positivity while exploring all facets of the human experience. She is a true poet, and The First Time reflects that.

Kelsea's refreshing approach to music is rooted in a vulnerable place. Turning to songwriting to help her through her parents' divorce, she first discovered Keith Urban's "Stupid Boy." Captured by the lyrics and the story, Kelsea knew she had found a creative home in country music and continued to uncover strength and inspiration from artists such as Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, and the Dixie Chicks.

"Life got rocky when I was 12," Kelsea says, "and this gift of songwriting just fell into my lap. It was literally this blessing that came at the perfect time. And for me, it's always been that steady thing in my life that I can always go back to."

Songwriting propelled Kelsea forward. At 15, she moved to Nashville with her mother to pursue music. Her fresh sound builds on her East Tennessee upbringing and musical influences ranging from Britney Spears to Kelly Clarkson to Frank Sinatra.

Kelsea's vision, ambition, natural talent, and genuinely positive personality became abuzz on Music Row. "I would meet with anyone that would meet with me," Kelsea says. "I always approached meetings not expecting anything but just asking for advice. That way I never left disappointed."

Black River Publishing VP Celia Froehlig signed the burgeoning artist to a publishing deal in 2013. That December, at the company Christmas party, Black River Entertainment CEO Gordon Kerr offered Kelsea a record deal in the form of a wrapped present.

Kelsea's self-titled debut EP quickly gained her a loyal following and introduced fans to the hit single "Love Me Like You Mean It." With the release of The First Time, the twelve-song collection showcases her lovable, playful side with the catchy "Dibs" and "Yeah Boy." Kelsea sings of getting stood up by a former flame in the ballad "The First Time," while "Looking at Stars" is her fun-loving spin on a romantic dirt road date.

Kelsea delivers a head-spinning performance in the fiery fan favorite "XO," which calls out a man who's still hung up on his ex. In the striking "Stilettos," she gives perspective on the quiet pain that women endure. The ballad takes inspiration from the Pinterest quote that reads, "Strong women wear their pain like stilettos. No matter how much it hurts, all you see is beauty."

"Peter Pan" is loaded with Neverland imagery, and addresses how running from love affects personal growth. Kelsea sings in the chorus, "Always going to fly away; Just because you know you can; Never going to learn there's no such place as Neverland; You don't understand; You'll never grow up; You're never going to be a man; Peter Pan."
Kelsea proves stronger than the heartbreak of her parents' divorce in the revealing "Secondhand Smoke." "Square Pegs" celebrates being yourself in a world where you can choose who you want to be. "Sirens" warns of the dangers of falling for a heartbreaker, while the youth anthem "Underage" paints a portrait of life before the age of 21.

With a bold approach to life, Kelsea's connection to her fans comes from an unapologetic authenticity that is refreshing. "Letting yourself feel whatever you need to feel, not protecting yourself from emotion and dealing with it is what makes people, people," Kelsea says. "It's what makes writers good writers. It's important to me to be vulnerable and transparent -- that's when people relate to music best. It's not sugarcoated and it's not super pretty. It's just real."

That realness has garnered the support of superstars, media and fans alike. "Driving around with the @KelseaBallerini EP on repeat," Taylor Swift tweeted in early March. "So lovely." Little Big Town posted, "We've gotta #GirlCrush," and Dustin Lynch shared, "Hey @taylorswift13 you were right … @KelseaBallerini is on fire!"

Newly crowned one of CMT's "Next Women of Country," Kelsea is featured on several "ones to watch" lists for 2015, including Billboard, Country Weekly, Rolling Stone Country, The Huffington Post, and Spotify. NBC's Today Show spotlighted "Love Me Like You Mean It" on "iHoda," Hoda Kotb's Playlist. USA Today, The Washington Post, Just Jared, and many more have glowing pieces on Kelsea.

Recently, Kelsea made her Grand Ole Opry debut and is currently co-headlining CMT's inaugural "Next Women of Country" Tour. "Dreams do come true. I'm seeing it first hand. While I want to do it all, the arena tours and award shows, most of all, I just want to put out good music that matters." The First Time is Kelsea's first big opportunity to do that. "When I signed the record deal, in my heart I thought, 'what do you want to say to the world? Because now, there are people who are going to help you say it.'"
Levi Hummon - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Levi Hummon
Born & raised in Nashville TN, Levi Hummon naturally has songwriting in his blood. Originally expressing his talent via visual art, Levi took an early interest in painting, which he studied at college in St. Petersburg, FL. It was in St. Pete that Levi’s musical talents first revealed themselves. At the close of a significant relationship, he was drawn to writing songs – songs of his life and relationships. It wasn’t long before Levi realized his need to move back home to cultivate his songwriting craft; so back to Nashville he went.

Levi began to make his imprint on the Nashville community through regular co-writes with his father, Marcus Hummon (Grammy Award winning songwriter), and a regular rotation of writers who would join them. Levi loved relating to a listener through the stories he could craft. It wasn’t long before word spread of Levi’s talents, and he found himself writing with the greats such as 2014 ACM Songwriter of the Year Shane MacAnally, Andrew Dorff, Josh Osborne, Jonathan Singleton, Nathan Barlowe Brandy Clark, Trevor Rosen among others, and of course, Marcus Hummon. Learning to always bring in his own ideas and point of view to a writing session, Levi quickly streamlined his unique style. “You’re letting someone into your world which is really vulnerable,” says Levi. “I write from a reflective & personal place and ultimately I couldn’t see anyone else singing these songs.”

As a member of a multi-generational music family, Levi Hummon certainly appreciates his roots. While Levi is very much his own person & artist, he strongly values giving credit where it is due – and he finds himself fortunate to have his family be part of his journey. In addition to his father’s musical foundation, Levi draws inspiration from his mother, Becca Stevens, who founded the socially conscious & philanthropic organization, Thistle Farms (a residential program and social enterprise made up of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking, and addiction). This became a natural place for Levi to become involved where he further witnessed how music can provide a healing effect to those whom have suffered tremendously. “Thistle farms has always been a family to me,” says Levi. “There is so much knowledge to gain from spending time with the women. It makes me want to always forgive, never take anything for granted, and love everyone.”

Continuing to develop his personal sound, Levi found himself in great company while in Nashville. Marcus and Becca casually had their friend and Hall of Fame Songwriter, Desmond Child over for dinner, where Levi played a few songs. Desmond’s reaction was profound and immediate – he insisted on working with Levi. Soon after, Levi’s tune “Make it Love,” was featured in Child’s film, Two: The Story of Roman & Nero, which appeared on the short list of nominations for the Oscar’s “Best Original Song”. That was just the beginning for Levi. With overwhelming support from Nashville’s music community, Levi signed with Fletcher Foster’s new management and entertainment company, Iconic Entertainment Group.

Levi has recently signed with The Valory Music Co (Big Machine Record Label) artist roster, which includes Reba, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett, The Mavericks & RaeLynn. “As our Country format ebbs and flows, it’s always so important from an A&R perspective to look past what’s happening now and make some moves on the future direction,” said BMLG President & CEO Scott Borchetta. “Levi’s unique vision and incredible artistry is exactly the kind of musical move we want to make now. This is a very significant artist signing.” Levi Hummon is currently writing and recording for his first full-length album.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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