October 29, 1991 |
Waterford, CT, USA
|Instruments||Guitar, Keyboard, Vocals|
Veronica Jean Ballestrini (born October 29, 1991) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Veronica has released two studios album. Her self-made success story has caught national attention as Jon Caramanica wrote in the New York Times, "... When someone like Ms. Ballestrini arrives essentially unannounced and begins to attract attention, it’s signiﬁcant.”
Ballestrini was born in New London, CT and raised in Waterford, CT. She comes from a large family of four brothers and one sister. Her father Rosario Ballestrini and mother Carol Marandino Ballestrini are both Italian-American brought her to a Dolly Parton concert when she was eleven which sparked her interest in country music.
Ballestrini began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of thirteen, the same year she started her MySpace music page. With only cover songs up at the time, she still managed to attract many fans. Veronica's popularity increased after writing and composing her song "Daddy" and posting it to her MySpace playlist. At age fourteen Veronica began performing around her homestate of Connecticut at local talent contests and fairs. In November 2006 Veronica won 1st place at the USA World Showcase in Las Vegas, performing her song "Daddy". Her internet status caught the attention of many Nashville record producers, who then contacted her about recording in Music City. On her fifteenth birthday, her parents surprised her with a trip to Nashville to pursue her dream.
While still in high school, Ballestrini made her professional singing debut. Ballestrini created an independent label in 2009 and worked with producer Cliff Downs, with whom she has written many songs. Downs produced her debut album "What I'm All About".
2009-2010: What I'm All About
Ballestrini went on to record her debut album What I'm All About which was released on August 21, 2009 on her own independent label. Her first single "Amazing" charted at #24 on the Music Row chart. and the music video debuted at No. 3 on CMT Pure. "Don't Say" and "Out There Somewhere" were two other singles released off this album. Veronica was named one of six "Artists to Watch For" by Marie Claire Magazine.
Veronica's song "Destiny" is featured in the Diary of an Ex-Child Star (formerly Leaving Hollywood) movie and on the soundtrack. "Destiny" was also on her "What I'm All About" CD.
2010: If I Can Dream
In April 2010, Veronica was chosen as the "Editors Pick" in the If I Can Dream MySpace contest, created by Simon Fuller. She visited the Dream House in Beverly Hills from June 4–7, 2010. Veronica returned to the Dream House on June 23, 2010. During her stay she recorded her song "Fascinated" and worked with top writers and vocal coaches. For her audition video, Ballestrini sang "Blessed The Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts.
2010-2012: Gotta Make A Change
In the Summer of 2010 Veronica was part of the "Mead Five Star" Music Insider nationwide sweepstake along with 9 other bands. In October 2010 it was announced Veronica was the winner of the fan voted contest, scoring $25,000. Ballestrini used that money to work on new music.
In 2011, Veronica began working on a project titled Gotta Make A Change, a process that set in motion her inspirational "Gotta Make A Change" tour. Throughout the summer 2011, Veronica performed shows at various camps, festivals, Girl Scout events and women’s correctional facilities across the U.S. to help spread the project’s motivational message. "Life is full of struggles. We stumble, we fall down, and in those moments we feel we will never get up again," Veronica says on the project’s website. "Sometimes all it takes is one person to say or do something to help you to see life in a new perspective and inspire you to get up and make a change. Life will never be pain free, we just have to learn to embrace the pain and find strength.
In July 2011, Veronica announced to her fans her new single would be "Temporary Fix". The music video for this single was shot in Malibu, California. "Temporary Fix" was released on iTunes on August 11, 2011 and the music video, released on September 24, 2011, accumulated over 150,000 views within the first month of being online. In November 2011 Veronica charted on the Billboard Social 50 chart and #2 for Country artists.
In 2012 Veronica released another single "Don't Give Up On Me", along with a music video and receive 100,000 views in its first week.
2013-2014: Flip Side
In 2013, Ballestrini changed her album title name from "Gotta Make A Change" to "Flip Side". Ballestrini still continued working on her second album with producer/engineer Brandon Metcalf. On January 23, 2013, Ballestrini performed a live show on stageit, and sang new songs off the album, and announced the album title. While working on her album, Ballestrini went on a U.S. tour with Secondhand Serenade and Juliet Simms. The kick off show was in Lexington, KY on March 8 and ended in Hollywood, CA on April 9.
Ballestrini has three duets with Secondhand Serenade on his upcoming new album titled "Undefeated". The album is set to release Summer 2014. Veronica also sings on the Secondhand Serenade cover of "Say Something".
In April 2013, Ballestrini was chosen by Ford to be an agent for the Ford Fiesta Movement as part of a promotion with Ford and YouTube. She received a 2014 Ford Fiesta for a year, along with free gas, insurance, and all expenses paid.
On May 31, 2013, Ballestrini performed at Comcast Theater in Hartford, Connecticut with Luke Bryan, whom she met in Nashville at CRS in 2010.
On September 23, 2013, Ballestrini and Secondhand Serenade filmed a Ford Fiesta commercial in Nashville using their song "LA LA Love". The commercial was shot by Glenn Sweitzer and won a Telly Award in 2014.
On December 2013, Ballestrini attended the Tubeathon party in Los Angeles where $1 went to Covenant House with every tweet that tagged #fiestamovement on Twitter.
On January 8, 2014, Ballestrini posted the Flip Side album cover to her Instagram page and Facebook page.
On April 21, 2014, Ballestrini announced her album Flip Side would be released on June 17, 2014. May 8, 2014, Ballestrini announced "Cookies and Cream" was the first single off from the album.
In late May 2014, Ballestrini went on tour to Asia with Secondhand Serenade.
June 22, 2014, Veronica had a sold out online show on Stage It where she perform songs off from her album "Flip Side". Ballestrini announced she is going on her radio tour the day after to promote her first single off from the CD "Cookies and Cream" who she co-wrote with her little brother. Secondhand Serenade guest star and the duo sang "LA LA Love", which is going to be on Secondhand Serenade's album "Undefeated."
Veronica is a Christian. Although she is not a Christian Artist, she does write many Christian songs. Storm Inside Of You is a song she wrote after a friend of hers committed suicide. 50% of all proceeds from this song go towards Suicide Prevention. Ballestrini has performed another Christian song she wrote titled "My Escape" at few of her live shows.
New Years Eve 2011, Veronica began dating singer Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay. The couple wrote and sang songs together and formed a duo. They posted original and cover songs to YouTube throughout their relationship. The couple broke up in 2013. Mooney is the subject of Ballestrini's song "Death of Me", which he sings background vocals on.  Ballestrini and Mooney co-wrote a song titled "Lonely Alone" which is on Veronica's album Flip Side. Veronica wrote "Cookies and Cream" and "Time to Miss Me" about her relationship with Mooney.
|What I'm All About||
|2009||"Amazing"||What I'm All About|
|"Out There Somewhere"|
|2011||"Storm Inside of You"||N/A|
|2012||"Don't Give Up on Me"|
|2014||"Be My Reason"||Flip Side|
|"Guys Like You"|
|"Cookies and Cream"|
|2007||"What's Up with That"||Glenn Sweitzer|
|2009||"Out There Somewhere"|
|2012||"Don't Give Up on Me"|
|2014||"Guys Like You"||D.J. Cosgrove|
|2010||If I Can Dream||Herself||5 episodes|
|2010-2011||I'm Still Dreaming||Herself||7 episodes|
|2013||Fiesta Movement||Herself||3 episodes|
|Music Video Appearances|
|2009||Days That We Live For||Matt Gary||Glenn Sweitzer|
|2009||Trail of Lies||Katie Armiger||Glenn Sweitzer|
|2011||Start Again||Sam Tsui||Kurt Hugo Schneider|
|2012||Perfectly||Shay Mooney||Harcourt Media|
|2013||Heart Stops (By the Way)||Secondhand Serenade||Dylan White|
|La La Love||Glenn Sweitzer|
|2014||Say Something||John Vesely|
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