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Kelsea Ballerini’s career is on a roll with two No. 1 hits, “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Dibs,” on the charts in less than a year. The young singer from East Tennessee credits her beloved mother, Carla, for guiding her to this point.

It was her mom who encouraged her to start writing songs at age 12 and listened tirelessly as Kelsea tried to find herself as an artist.

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That’s why Kelsea broke down in tears as she talked about her mom at the party celebrating the No. 1 success of “Dibs.” It’s all captured in this clip on Twitter.


According to “The Tennessean,” Kelsea told the crowd at the event in Nashville, “She’s watched me go through the phase of thinking I was every other female country artist that has ever been on the radio, and then she watched me find who I was.”

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Kelsea’s mom still keeps her grounded as she navigates her current success.

She went on to say at the party, “Ever since I started writing songs, before I would go to school, she would say, ‘Remember who you are.’ And now every time we talk she says, ‘Remember who you are and remember why you’re doing this.’ That is my compass.”


Kelsea better start preparing for another No. 1 party soon. Her new single, “Peter Pan,” is off to a big start after she debuted it on the ACM Awards earlier this month.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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