Frankie Ballard turns 38 today. Here’s everything you need to know about the country star.
The first thing people seem to notice about Ballard is his chiseled jawline. Yes, that is the first thing to know.
But there’s far more to Ballard than just good looks. The star’s career began in 2008 when, during his third year of college, Ballard auditioned for Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star. As the winner of the competition, Ballard was able to open shows for Chesney. Soon after, Ballard signed with Reprise Records in Nashville and released his first single, “Tell Me You Get Lonely.” The song spent 34 weeks on the chart peaking at the number 33 spot.
Along with Chesney, Ballard opened for Bob Seger and Taylor Swift during their 2011 tours. Additionally, Ballard and his band have toured with Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, and Sugarland. However, there is still an artist he has yet to collaborate with. Ballard says he would like to record a song with Dolly Parton.
After his debut single, Ballard continued to release hit songs including “Sunshine and Whiskey,” “Helluva Life,” and “Young and Crazy.”
Although most people may think Ballard has all the talent he could ever want, he says there’s still an instrument he’d like to learn. “The piano. I can play a little bit, but it still sounds like a baby mashing the keys,” Ballard jokes. “I’d like to be able to shred the piano, too, not just play classical. Something like Jerry Lee Lewis-style,” he says.
How Will Frankie Ballard Celebrate His Birthday?
During an interview with The Boot, Ballard says that he has a specific pre-performance ritual.
“[I drink] A Jaeger-bomb. And I always like to play guitar to get my fingers warmed up. So I’ll get the guitar and play,” Ballard says. “…I put on an Elvis or an AC/DC or something rockin’. A live performance that gets you jacked up,” Ballard continues. Since he doesn’t currently have any live performances to prepare for, maybe he’ll celebrate his birthday in the same way.
Cheers to a Jaeger bomb and Elvis on the radio, Frankie!