Kelsea Ballerini Announces The Unapologetically Tour and Donates $20K To Alma Mater

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They say you can never go home again, but Kelsea Ballerini proved them wrong when she returned to her hometown high school, Central High, to perform a hometown concert.

In anticipation of her upcoming sophomore album, Unapologeticallly, Kelsea threw a party in Knoxville, Tenn. to celebrate her rising success. While there, the “Love Me Like You Mean It” announced her own headlining The Unapologetically Tour, kicking off Feb. 8 in Birmingham, Alabama. The tour, which will include opener Walker Hayes, will make stops in Nashville, New Year and Seattle.

“Great things happen when music surrounds you, I really believe that,” shared Kelsea. “One of the coolest things to me about headlining is being able to create a world for your fans to step into. I can’t wait for you to join me on this new journey with my good friend Walker and begin chapter two together!”

The Unapologetically Tour Dates

Feb. 8 – Birmingham, AL – Alabama Theatre
Feb. 9 – Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theatre
Feb. 10 – Augusta, GA – William G. Bell Auditorium
Feb. 14 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Feb.16 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
Feb. 22 – Columbus, OH – Express Live!
Feb. 23 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
Feb. 24 – Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place
April 5 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
April 6 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
April 7 – Richmond, VA – The National
April 19 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
April 20 – Spokane, WA – The Knitting Factory
April 21 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
April 25 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theatre
April 27 – Indio, CA – Stagecoach Festival

That’s not all. Just before singing the apropos album cut, “High School,” Kelsea stood on the stage where she was once a student and presented the High School Choral Department with a check for $20,000, with the support of the Academy of Country Music.

“The most fulfilling thing I’ve ever been able to do,” she wrote in a post on Instagram. “Thank you @iheartradio & @acmawards for partnering with me in donating to my high schools choral department. tonight through the happy tears, I said that the best advice I can give to anyone in middle or high school is to find what makes them happy and chase it. I hope that this helps the next 14 year old girl find her voice and passion and follow it. Thank you @tnvacation for making this happen. // 📸 @shearerphoto.”

You can next find Kelsea making her debut on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Nov. 3, followed by ABC’s Good Morning America” live from Nashville on November 8 before hitting the 51st annual CMA Awards stage to duet with the legendary Reba McEntire.

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