Kelsea Ballerini is officially "unapologetically in love."
The 24-year-old GRAMMY-nominated country star released her long-awaited sophomore album, Unapologetically, on Friday and to celebrate, she went back to her roots and took ET's Certified Country along for the ride.
"I've always wanted to do a show at my high school, but I wanted to make sure it was the right time," she says over cookies at her favorite local bakery, Rita's, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Later that night, she would play for a sold-out crowd of fans on the same stage at her alma mater, Central High School, where she performed an original song for the very first time as a student.
"I've done a couple hometown shows and they've been really, really special, but getting to do it at my high school -- I feel already so emotional about it," she says. "It was really defining years for me and so to start this next chapter and putting this record out where this all started, it feels super full circle."