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If you think this weekend's must-see music event was Coachella, think again. A combination of beach, sand, and sun, Tortuga Music Festival was the place to be.
The festival brings together some of the biggest names in country music for three days, including artists like Tim McGraw, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blake Shelton, and more.
One of the most anticipated artists to play at Tortuga was none other than Kelsea Ballerini. Ballerini signed her first deal at age 19, released her debut single 'Love Me Like You Mean It" in 2014, and has already skyrocketed to the top of the country music scene.
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We got a chance to speak to Ballerini at Tortuga Music Festival about everything from her favorite country artists to her songwriting process and more.
"I love that there's other genres mixed in!" Ballerini said of the festival, "So it's not ALL country, but it's a country-heavy festival"
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Her dream music collaboration? Gavin Degraw. Ballerini has aimed to have at least one song on each album that includes a musical collaboration, but she didn't get to make one happen for her last record. She's going to try to double up on her next one.
"I just try to write from life. As a songwriter, that's what made me start to write songs -- a lot of life was happening and I needed an outlet," Ballerini said of her songwriting process. "That's what I've tried to keep my heartbeat at."
The Tortuga Music Festival took place next to the picturesque B Ocean Hotel & Resort in Fort Lauderdale. For more information about the hotel, click here.
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