The GRAMMY Museum was thrilled to welcome Kelsea Ballerini to the Museum’s Clive Davis Theater, for a special screening of the Rolling Up The Welcome Mat short film she wrote and directed, taking fans behind-the-scenes of the process and her vision. Kelsea also talked about the inspiration, writing and recording of her album, Rolling Up The Welcome Mat, giving fans a glimpse into this season of her life, as well as answering questions.
Kelsea Ballerini has built a career on being straight-forward, fresh, and willing to share with those who love her music. As much friends as fans, when she wrote and recorded the very personal Rolling Up the Welcome Mat EP with producer Alysa Vanderheym, it was a matter of sharing her heart with the people who knew her best.
The multiple GRAMMY nominee and Country Music Association Award winner who was the subject of a major New York Times profile was Saturday Night Live’s musical guest in early 2023 returns to the fans who have inspired her for an intimate conversation and screening of her Rolling Up The Welcome Mat short film.
“There’s never been a moment to stop and talk about what the response to Welcome Mat has meant to me,” Ballerini says. “Everything moved so fast after the release and took on a life much bigger than I ever anticipated. After feeling and hearing the response on tour every night these last few months, I wanted to make sure to honor this musical chapter more fully. So, while Subject to Change was out there doing everything it’s supposed to do, you supported me with this project that I needed to make for myself and my heart loudly. I can’t thank you enough, but these three events [in LA, Nashville, and New York] are me trying.”