Kelsea Ballerini has released a music video for "Love Me Like You Mean It." The song is the debut single from her upcoming freshman album, The First Time.

The video shows Ballerini and her friends throwing a big summer party, complete with cut-off jeans and a game of Twister. Even though the video was filmed in the freezing winter cold, the songstress was undeterred.

“It is summer. It is the middle of January and summertime,” she told Country Weekly of the filming. “It’s good, it’s fun. We go inside every time we can."

Ballerini says that she knew early in the recording process for the record that "Love Me Like You Mean It" was the perfect single to introduce the album.

"What made me love the single and what made me want to lead with "Love Me Like You Mean It" was the confident-girl stance on it," Ballerini tells The Boot. "And so, my whole album, I really wanted to have that theme of confidence in a girl, and being okay with who you are, and talking about heartbreak, and talking about all those things but trying to make it positive, and so with that mindset, it helped me narrow down songs for the album.”

The song has already earned the approval of one music's biggest stars: Taylor Swift.

Ballerini, who moved to Nashville, Tenn., when she was only 15 years old, thinks that now is finally the right time for her to release The First Time.

“I think the reason that there’s girls that are working right now — like Maddie & Tae and RaeLynn, I’ve gotten to do a lot of stuff with them — is because they’re very strong in what they do and who they are,” she notes. “The cool thing about the group of girls that’s launching right now is that we’re all super-different. Our musical styles are all really different, and I think that it’s almost undeniable for whoever thinks that there’s no girls in country. It’s like, ‘Here we are, we’re coming!’"

The First Time will be released on May 19 on Black River Entertainment.

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