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ACM “New Female Vocalist of the Year” Kelsea Ballerini to Host Westwood One’s “Summer Kick Off” Special

NEW YORK, NY – April 25, 2016 – She’s one of Country’s newest stars, she’s riding high over two consecutive #1, GOLD-certified singles, and she’s hosting Westwood One’s Summer Kick Off music special! Kelsea Ballerini, recently named “New Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music, will host the four-hour Memorial Day weekend special broadcast, available to stations nationwide.

Kelsea Ballerini is the first female solo artist in 15 years to hit #1 with her first two Country singles, and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut. Abuzz with high-profile media looks, the Black River Entertainment recording artist has been named “The Country Sweetheart” in People Magazine’s elite “Ones to Watch” portfolio, touted by Billboard Magazine as “Country’s Next Queen,” praised by Rolling Stone as the “Nashville It Girl” and selected as one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country.” She has racked up ACCA, CMT, CMA, AMA, and Radio Disney Music award nominations and also received Billboard’s “Rising Star” award at the prestigious 2015 Women in Music event. Ballerini’s third single, “Peter Pan,” continues to soar to new heights, entering the Top 40 on the Country radio charts. Alongside “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Dibs,” the song is from her critically-acclaimed debut album, The First Time.

Ballerini will officially kick off summer with a roster of A-list Country stars who will provide the music and share holiday stories, including Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, and more. In addition to the festivities, the show will also observe the Memorial Day holiday by honoring America’s fallen heroes

Stations can air Westwood One’s Summer Kick Off with Kelsea Ballerini any time Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30, 2016, between 6:00 am and 12 midnight. For more information, contact Donny Walker at (615) 727-6987 or at dwalker@westwoodone.com.

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