The holidays are coming early for Warner Bros. Records‘ Frankie Ballard, who is celebrating the RIAA GOLD certification of his No. 1 hit single “Sunshine & Whiskey.” Reveling in the success, the singer-guitarist recently opened up to Rolling Stone about the rise of his second consecutive gold-certified chart topper. Spreading the good cheer, Ballard performed last week at The Grove’s 12th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Spectacular in Los Angeles alongside Earth, Wind & Fire, Aloe Blacc, Pentatonix, Darlene Love and Fifth Harmony. Hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell, fans who missed the event can catch the one-hour syndicated TV special A HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS AT THE GROVE across CBS affiliates nationwide between now and January 4, 2015 (check local listings).
A road warrior, Ballard is currently touring the nation on his first headlining trek – LIGHT ‘EM UP Tour – as part of the exclusive Live Nation Ones To Watch tour with Skype. The run stops in 19-cities through December with upcoming shows in Seattle, WA (12/6), San Diego, CA (12/11) and Anaheim, CA (12/12).
After making the move to Nashville in 2009 from Battle Creek, MI, to pursue music, Ballard drew on his working class values, performing every chance he could, honing his guitar and songwriting skills. He steadily built a loyal fan base and took the time to grow as an artist and an individual. All of these experiences culminated in the release of his current album, SUNSHINE & WHISKEY, which delivered consecutive #1, GOLD-certified smashes “Helluva Life” and “Sunshine & Whiskey,” debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and was noted as “required listening” by Rolling Stone. Produced by Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard), the album captures Ballard’s unique blend of blues-infused, country rock and his undeniable guitar prowess on every song. Previously opening for Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and longtime idol Bob Seger, the talented showman will amp it up even further next year on Florida Georgia Line‘s 2015 ANYTHING GOES Tour.