Kelsea Ballerini Getting Hitched By Year's End
Kelsea Ballerini's 2017 could be even bigger than her breakout 2016: Three days before performing "Yeah Boy" at the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2, the 23-year-old took a break from rehearsals at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to chat about her new music and impending nuptials to Australian country singer-songwriter Morgan Evans. "I feel like my whole life's kind of a celebration," said Ballerini, who was up for two ACM Awards after scoring a best new artist nod at the 2017 Grammys.
Wearing a Janet Jackson T-shirt during ACM rehearsals, the singer-songwriter said that she's "absolutely" getting married and releasing an album this year, as "Yeah Boy" is her final single from 2015 debut The First Time. "We're just now planning it," she said of the wedding, grinning and showing off a diamond ring that Evans proposed with last December.
Cole Swindell Turning Tender On Next LP?
"I've got to have somebody break my heart," Cole Swindell joked at the ACM Awards rehearsal on March 30, when asked if the follow-up to 2016's You Should Be Here would have more lovelorn anthems in the same vein as his smash "Middle of a Memory." The 33-year-old country star was at the ACMs to perform "Flatliner" with co-host (and upcoming tour partner) Dierks Bentley, and said that he expects to return to the studio by the end of 2017.
"You write songs about real-life situations, and I've been through a few breakups," said Swindell. Or maybe his third LP will turn out romantic. "I need a love song!" he exclaimed, giving his chest a thump. "I've got some love in here."
Sofia Reyes Eying U.S. Tour, Boyfriend Collaboration
Mexican pop singer Sofia Reyes is coming to America after she wraps up a short South American tour in support of her multilingual debut, Louder!, released in February. During a sit-down at AfterMaster Studios in Hollywood, the 21-year-old shared that she'll be announcing "a whole U.S. run" within the next month, and will release a new single this summer, after her Prince Royce-assisted "Solo Yo" peaked at No. 35 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart. Reyes has been penning songs with her boyfriend, Ricky Montaner of Los Angeles-based pop duo Mau Y Ricky, and when asked if a duet is possible, Reyes said, "We've talked about it. We write just for fun, and I've learned so much from him."
AfterMaster Studios is where Reyes recorded Louder!, and is located in Alfred Hitchcock's old office. "It's the best studio in North America," says CEO Larry Ryckman. "The AfterMaster team has produced, engineered and mastered more hit music than any other audio company in the world."