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Frankie Ballard


With a gritty vocal approach, considerable guitar skills, and a natural sense of country-pop dynamics, Frankie Ballard would appear to have an unshakable template for country music stardom. Born in Battle Creek, Michigan, Ballard was singing Elvis Presley songs with his dad (and with fervor) by the time he was five, but he soon fell under the summer spell of baseball and pushed himself to excel as a ball player. He was 18 before he got his first guitar, but thereafter he spent hours playing it, and music became his other passion. He began playing in blues bands on the weekends, juggling gigs with baseball games until eventually music won out and he dedicated himself to building a career as a performer. Ballard's big break came when he won Kenny Chesney's Next Big Star regional competition in Michigan in 2008, going on to open for Chesney during the country star's Michigan tour dates, which in turn led to Ballard being signed to a publishing deal with Sony ATV, as well as a recording contract with Reprise Records. He moved to Nashville in the spring of 2009 and began working on a debut album with producer Michael Knox. A first single, "Tell Me You Get Lonely," was released in the spring of 2010, followed by "A Buncha Girls" and his self-titled long-player for Warner Nashville in May of 2011. After tours opening for Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, and Bob Seger, he released the album Sunshine & Whiskey early in 2014.

Frankie Ballard (born in Battle Creek, Michigan) is an American country music singer
After winning Kenny Chesney's Next Big Star competition for Michigan in 2008, Ballard also opened shows for Chesney at Michigan venues
Ballard got his start singing Elvis songs with his dad at the age of five and jokes that he shot his first music video in the family basement when he was seven
Obsessed with baseball and intent on becoming a professional athlete, Ballard didn’t learn to play guitar until he was 18, but once he did, he locked himself in his room for hours a day to master the instrument
He began playing in blues bands, juggling weeknight gigs with his weekend college baseball commitments



A Buncha Girls
Tell Me You Get Lonely


Helluva Life
Sunshine & Whiskey
Young and Crazy

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