Country pop star Kelsea Ballerini burst onto the scene in 2014 at the age 19 with her debut single “Love Me Like You Mean It.” In February of 2015 she sang the song at the legendary Grand Ole Opry and by July of that same year “Love Me Like You Mean It” had reached #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Kelsea would go on to score two more consecutive chart toppers, putting her in elite company with female country stars like Wynonna Judd and Carrie Underwood.
So the young country star will feel right at home among the elite performers--like Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and more--at the 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at NRG Park on March 3 during the the three-week long event beginning Feb. 27 and stretching until March 18. With such a powerful lineup, Kelsea will no doubt be choosing her setlist wisely. Here are five songs we hope to hear at the 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
“Love Me Like You Mean It”
While it’s a few years old, it would be hard to believe that Ballerini wouldn’t play the song that started it all. “Love Me Like You Mean It” was not only Kelsea’s debut single but the lead single from her 2015 debut full-length album The First Time.
It’s all but a reality that Ballerini will play “Legends” at RodeoHouston 2018. Not only is it the lead single from Kelsea’s latest album, Unapologetically, it could also be a tribute to the many legends Ballerini will share the NRG stadium stage with.
We’re going to go ahead and call dibs on calling dibs that Kelsea Ballerini will play “Dibs.” Don’t think about that too much. “Dibs” followed “Love Me Like You Mean It” and became Kelsea’s second #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. “Dibs” made Ballerini just the fifth female artist to score back to back #1 hits with her first two singles and the first to do so in 13 years.
The the track was the fourth and final single from Ballerini’s debut album, The First Time. “Yeah Boy” peaked at #3 and became the Knoxville native’s first song to not reach number one, which is actually more impressive than anything else.
“Peter Pan” gave Kelsea the distinction of having three #1 hit singles to kick off her career. It is also her most streamed song on Spotify, coming in at just under 60 million streams. There’s little chance the country pop star won’t play this tune at Rodeo Houston 2018.