Kelsea Ballerini Goes Home for Her FIRST Headlining Arena Show

CMA Female Vocalist & Album of the Year Nominee to Perform “Penthouse (Healed Version)” Tonight on MTV’s VMAs

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KNOXVILLE, TENN. (September 12, 2023) -- What do you get a girl like Kelsea Ballerini for her birthday? How about headlining Knoxville’s Thompson-Boling Arena at Food City Center on Nov. 2? Beyond being her first major arena show, it’s a Homecoming for the East Tennessee songwriter.

Hours before she performs “Penthouse (Healed Version)” – from the Country Music Association Album of the Year-nominated Rolling Up the Welcome Mat – on MTV’s Video Music Awards tonight, Ballerini officially announced “The Homecoming Show,” a one night only concert on Nov. 2 in Knoxville. For the six-time CMA Female Vocalist nominee, the homecoming show announcement is an emotional moment in a career marked by multiple GRAMMY® nominations, an appearance on Saturday Night Live, a profile in the New York Times, writing and co-producing the groundbreaking Welcome Mat and another major magazine cover dropping this week.

Tickets go on sale to Kelsea’s fan club at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. General on-sale for this once-in-a-lifetime show is 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 15. Ingrid Andress and Georgia Webster will open.

With “IF YOU GO DOWN (I'M GOIN' DOWN TOO)” in the Top 15 at Country radio and climbing, three headlining theater tours over the last ten months and being the sole support on Kenny Chesney’s I Go Back 2023, there was only one thing left to do: go home. The homecoming show has her heading back to the place that shaped her soul, her values and especially her will to succeed.

“Throughout the last decade and four albums, there has been a consistent ode to my hometown. Whether it be lyrically like in ‘half of my hometown’ or celebrating milestone moments in venues like my high school, the Tennessee Theater, or the Civic Center, it’s always been incredibly important to me to go back to the place that let me go to chase my dream. Playing Thompson-Boling has been on my bucket list since I was a little kid watching my favorite musicians come through town and is the perfect place to celebrate such a bookmark year and kick off a new level of touring,” said Ballerini.


About Kelsea Ballerini

Two-time GRAMMY-nominated and multiple CMA Award-winning Kelsea Ballerini has logged five back-to-back Top 10 entries on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. With seven #1 singles, 31 gold and platinum RIAA certifications to date and over six billion all-time streams, her catalog boasts smashes such as the double-platinum “Miss Me More” and “Peter Pan.” Kelsea’s fourth album, SUBJECT TO CHANGE, arrived on September 23, 2022. The first single, “HEARTFIRST,” quickly took over the airwaves as the “most added song at country radio” the week of its release and was recently certified gold by the RIAA. Kelsea earned a GRAMMY® nomination for “Best Country Solo Performance” for “HEARTFIRST.” She surprised fans by releasing her intimate six-song Rolling Up the Welcome Mat (Black River) on February 14, 2023. The project and accompanying short film written and directed by Kelsea marks the multi-platinum star’s most intimate and honest work to date. Welcome Mat became an instant hit with fans and debuted to universal acclaim from critics including The New York TimesVarietyRolling Stone, and more. On the heels of Welcome Mat’s success, Kelsea made her Saturday Night Live debut on March 4, 2023. She recently wrapped a stint as a special guest on Kenny Chesney’s I Go Back 2023 Tour as well as the sold-out third leg of her exclusive headlining HEARTFIRST Tour.