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SecretFangirls.com Interview Brieanna James

Country is just full of new faces and Brieanna James is ready for her turn in the spotlight!  This fresh faced 18-year-old songbird just released her debut single, “Hot,” co-written with Kelsea Ballerini. The single will take you back to sticky hot Summer days where you wish for a sprinkler to run through and a nice cold sweet tea…oh yeah and a super hot guy to hand you that sweet tea!   Brieanna has a fun country-pop sound and we can’t wait to hear more from her soon!  She has been hard at work on her upcoming EP.

We had the chance to talk to Brieanna about who she would fangirl over, what it was like to write with Kelsea, her dream tour lineup and more!  Read our interview and get to know Brieanna James below.  Pickup a copy of “Hot” on iTunes now!

SecretFangirls.com: How would you describe your songwriting style?
Brieanna James: To be honest,  I don’t know if I have a certain style of songwriting.  I write every genre of music and I try to create new sounds and melodies so I can change things up a bit.  I usually stick to the idea of love when I write because it’s my favorite thing to write about, but I just love writing in general.  I have two sides to me. The sassy, flirty, light hearted side and  the deep and serious “I’m in love” or “I got my heartbroken” side.  When I’m extremely emotionally attached to a song, it usually comes out as a more serious or “deep” song.

What was it like writing your debut single with Kelsea Ballerini?
Kelsea Ballerini is awesome! I’m a huge fan! I love her music. Honestly, it was such a blessing that I scored a cowrite with her.  You can really learn so much from artist you respect and admire.

What artist do you look up to/whose footsteps would you like to follow?
Taylor Swift.  I love her and plus if I had to choose any artist footsteps I’d like to follow it would definitely be her.

Who would you, or who have you, totally fangirled over?

Okay, so there I was enjoying a nice meal at a restaurant called BIRDS in Los Angeles with my parents and this guy comes walking down the hall behind where I was seated.  I turned and looked and I guess my brain was short-circuiting because I stared at the beautiful 6′ 4″ God made hottie for a full 6 seconds before I realized that it was my ULTIMATE celebrity crush… NICK BATEMAN.  By the time I realized it was him he was walking right directly behind me and my immediate and natural reaction was to make this really loud gasping noise.  Everyone in the restaurant heard it, including him!  My parents, who were bickering at the time, stopped and said “What?!” And I said… “That’s Nick Bateman!” My mom was probably as excited as me. Long story short, I finally walked up to him, talked to him, and got a picture with him. (HE LIKED MY INSTAGRAM PICTURE GUYS!) Oh and btw, I’m 18, but the guy is like 29 years old.  So yeah I kinda always knew it was never happening for us. However, it never really hit me till I met him and I realized he probably looked at me like I was a child.  The height difference didn’t help either. So basically, my dreams were met and crushed all in one day.

If you could only take 1 album with you on a road trip, what would you bring?
I’d probably pick a Taylor swift album, like her very first album, or maybe “Fearless.” It’s just… Who doesn’t like Taylor Swift?!

Do you have any pre-concert rituals?
Just a lot of practice.  I run over my lyrics again and again even though I know I have them down. I just wanna make sure I don’t mess up, ya know? So those two things, and I pray.

How would you describe a Brieanna James concert in 3 words?
Well, I can’t completely answer this because I haven’t performed a full blown Brieanna James concert like I want to yet. However, when I do, I can tell you that there will probably be lots of lights, and fire, and ashes, and rain, and pyrotechnics!  I wanna be able to entertain people and put on a real show! I want people to leave with memories that will never leave them!

Who would be on your dream lineup, yourself included?

There way too many!  The dream would be Sam Hunt and Taylor Swift.  I would be thrilled to tour with Kelsea Ballerina, Brett Eldredge, I’m a big fan of Dan + Shay also!

What can fans look forward to from you in 2017?
Fans can look forward to new music, my first EP, more shows and some other exciting stuff I have in the works.

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Thomas Rhett Announces The Home Team Tour

Thomas Rhett just dropped the news we’ve all been waiting for – dates for a headlining tour! The perfectly titled “Home Team” Tour kicks off in February with special guests Kelsea Ballerini, Ryan Hurd and Russel Dickerson. Sadly, there aren’t any dates near our home, NYC, so if you need us we’ll be in a corner crying listening to “Die A Happy Man” on repeat.

For those of you lucky enough to have a show near you, pre-sales start on October 4th at ThomasRhett.com with public on-sales on October 7th.

Thomas Rhett “Home Team” Tour 2017
February 23 – Dow Event Center – Saginaw, MI
February 24 – Erie Insurance Arena – Erie, PA
February 25 – Peoria Civic Center – Peoria, IL
March 2 – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum – Ft. Wayne, IN
March 3 – NIU Convocation Center – DeKalb, IL
March 4 – AMSOIL Arena – Duluth, MN
March 9 – Mohegan Sun Arena – Wilkes-Barre, PA
March 10 – Royal Farms Arena – Baltimore, MD
March 11 – Wright State University Nutter Center – Dayton, OH
March 17 – Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV
March 18 – Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Winston-Salem, NC
March 23 – Knoxville Civic Coliseum – Knoxville, TN
March 24 – Landers Center – Southaven, MS
March 25 – Lloyd Noble Center – Norman, OK
April 21 – Ascend Ampitheater – Nashville, TN

Thomas is also releasing a deluxe edition of his album “Tangled Up” on October 28th, including new tracks like “Star of the Show,” “American Spirit,” and “Background Music.” Pre-orders for the deluxe edition start this Friday, September 30th.

Watch TR’s latest video for “Vacation” below!

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Kelsea Ballerini Announces “The First Time” Fall Headlining Tour

It’s certainly not the first time Kelsea Ballerini has gone on tour – she’s toured with artists like Dan + Shay and is opening for Rascal Flatts this Summer.    But this is Kelsea’s first major headlining tour!  “The First Time” Tour kicks off this Fall in Houston and hits cities across the US.  Kelsea is rotating openers Levi Hummon, Carly Pearce, Morgan Evans, and Jacob Davis.  Cam will join Kelsea for 2 special shows in Las Vegas.  Tickets for the tour go on sale this Wednesday, August 3rd, for fanclub members, and Friday, August 5th to the general public.

Kelsea Ballerini “The First Time” Tour 2016
October 21 – House of Blues – Houston, TX – Buy Tickets
October 22 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets
November 11 – Tennessee Theater – Knoxville, TN – Buy Tickets
November 12 – Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets
November 18 – Shooting Star Casino – Mahnomen, MN – Buy Tickets
November 19 – Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN – Buy Tickets
December 2 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
December 3 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY – Buy Tickets
December 8 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA – Buy Tickets
December 9 –  Orleans Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV – Buy Tickets
December 10 –  Orleans Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV – Buy Tickets

Pickup a copy of Kelsea’s debut album on iTunes now!

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Dan + Shay’s “Just The Right Kind Of Crazy” Tour Hits Long Island

Dan + Shay’s “Just The Right Kind Of Crazy” Tour stopped at Emporium in Patchogue, NY over the weekend.  It’s the perfect name for a tour that blends the right amount of their signature pop country harmonies and crazy on stage energy!

Opening act Kelsea Ballerini infused lots of rock and roll energy into her pop-country sound.  Her 45 minute set included tracks from her debut album “The First Time,” including singles “Dibs” and “Love Me Like You Mean It.”  A highlight of her set was a 90s medley that included songs from *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears, encouraging everyone in the crowd to dance their craziest (or in our case, break out our boyband choreography).

Speaking of boy bands, Dan + Shay took us all back to middle school dance days with an outstanding cover of Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love To You,” complete with disco ball lighting.  The song highlighted Shay’s powerful voice and made us wonder what other 90s boy band jams we’d like to have them cover (answer: any and all of them, please.)  Their set also included some classic rock covers, from Def Leppard to Bon Jovi, and an energetic mashup of “Dynamite” and “Moves Like Jagger.”

We love watching Dan + Shay perform because of the passion and energy they bring to each show.  You can tell they are having a blast on stage and the excitement is infectious.  The packed house was singing and moving along to every word.  The duo are also great at interacting with the crowd, pointing out and singing along with fans, even stopping to take a rose from a man in the audience without missing a note.

Their set included nearly every song from their debut album, “Where It All Began.”  Dan + Shay mentioned they have been busy working on new music, and played fan favorite “Partner In Crime.”   We can’t wait for more music from our favorite duo!

Dan + Shay Setlist
Somewhere Only We Know
Nothin’ Like You
Stop Drop + Roll
Parking Brake
Anyway You Want It (Cover)
Show You Off
Pour Some Sugar On Me/Bad Blood (Cover)
What You Do To Me
I’ll Make Love To You (Cover)
Partner In Crime
You Give Love A Bad Name (Cover)
Party Girl
First Time Feeling
Can’t Say No
I Heard Goodbye
Dynamite/Moves Like Jagger (Cover)
19 You + Me

Visit DanAndShay.com for all upcoming tour dates!

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Dan + Shay Announce “Just The Right Kind Of Crazy” Fall Tour

One of our favorite Country duos, Dan + Shay just announced their brand new “Just The Right Kind Of Crazy” Fall Tour!  They’re bringing their sugary sweet country stylings to a city near you this fall with Kelsea Ballerini, who they called “dibs” on as their opening act.

“Just The Right Kind Of Crazy” Tour Ft. Dan+Shay & Kelsea Ballerini
Oct 1st – Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY – Buy Tickets
Oct 2nd – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI – Buy Tickets
Oct 3rd – LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets
Oct 4th – Penn State – State College, PA – Buy Tickets
Oct 8th – The Mann Center – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
Oct 9th – The Emporium – Patchogue, NY – Buy Tickets
Oct 10th – The National – Richmond, VA – Buy Tickets
Oct 11th – The Filmore – Silver Spring, MD – Buy Tickets
Oct 15th – Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN – Buy Tickets
Oct 16th – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO – Buy Tickets
Oct 18th – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI – Buy Tickets
Oct 21st – UCF Arena – Orlando, FL – Buy Tickets
Oct 22nd – University of West Florida – Buy Tickets
Oct 23rd – Naval Air Station – Jacksonville, FL – Buy Tickets
Oct 24th – Iron City – Birmingham, AL – Buy Tickets

Watch Dan + Shay’s brand new video for “Nothin’ Like You” below.

Be sure to pick up a copy of “Where It All Began” on iTunes or Amazon now.

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FOX & Friends “All American Summer Concert Series” Presents Kelsea Ballerini

Rising country star Kelsea Ballerini is set to perform on FOX & Friends’ “All American Concert Series” on Friday, July 17th!  Country’s newest darling songstress will perform her smash single “Love Me Like You Meant It” from her debut album, “The First Time” and talk about her dreams of being a country star coming true.

Make sure to tune into FOX News at 8am to catch the show, or if you’re in NYC head to 1211 Avenue of the Americas to see Kelsea in person!

Pick up a copy of “The First Time” on iTunes or Amazon.

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Kelsea Ballerini To Play NYC’s Gramercy Theatre July 16

Kelsea Ballerini just hit #1 on the country charts with her hit “Love Me Like You Mean It.”  She is the first female to hit #1 on country radio with a debut single since Carrie Underwood in 2006.  Needless to say, it’s been a great year for Kelsea, who released her debut album “The First Time” in May.  She just announced her first headlining show in NYC at Gramercy Theatre in July.  Tickets are on sale now!

Kelsea Ballerini
Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
July 16th at 7pm
Buy Tickets

Watch the video for “Love Me Like You Mean It” below and pickup a copy of her album on iTunes now!

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CMT’s Next Women Of Country Tour With Jana Kramer & Kelsea Ballerini

The first ever Next Women of Country Tour, presented by CMT, kicks off tonight in Grand Rapids!  The inaugural tour features artists Jana Kramer and Kelsea Ballerini.  Both women have been making a splash in country this year.  Jana’s latest single, “I Got The Boy,” is country storytelling at its finest.  Kelsea’s debut EP and her fun pop-country sound has gotten attention from everyone – even Taylor Swift! (talk about a fangirl moment!)  Check out the tour dates below!

CMT Next Women of Country Tour 2015
April 30 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
May 1 – Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar – Cincinatti, OH
May 7 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
May 8 – Joe’s Sports Bar – Chicago, IL
May 10 – The Pageant – St Louis, MO
May 12 – 3rd and Lindsley – Nashville, TN
May 14 – Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar – Orlando, FL
May 15 – The Swamp – Ft Walton Beach, FL
May 17 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
May 28 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC

Watch Jana Kramer’s video for “I Got The Boy” and pickup a copy of the single on iTunes!

Watch Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It” video and check out her EP on iTunes!

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