Few artists in the annals of country music have risen from obscurity to prominence with the speed of Warner Bros. Records guitar slinger Frankie Ballard. His talents as a vocalist, songwriter, instrumentalist and showman have already made him one of the genre’s most memorable new personalities.
In addition to its swiftness, Frankie Ballard’s ascent is notable for the seeming ease with which it has happened. In 2008, he signed with the first song publishing company he ever auditioned for. In 2009, the first time he staged a showcase for record companies, he got a major-label contract.
In 2010, his first single, “Tell Me You Get Lonely,” became a top-five video chart success. His first club tour was with big-time hit maker Uncle Kracker. The first of his songs to be recorded by another artist was by million-selling Billy Currington. In February 2011, he issued “A Buncha Girls” as his second radio single. In March, he was announced as an opening act on the U.S. arena tour by country’s biggest superstar, Taylor Swift. Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Bob Seger also chose him as a concert opener.
“I totally understand that it doesn’t usually happen this way, this quickly,” says the singer, songwriter and guitar ace. “I’m so blessed to have a shot.”