As Songwriters, Carly Pearce Believes She and Luke Combs Are ‘Cut From the Same Cloth’

Earlier this week, Carly Pearce scored her second No.1 hit with “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” a duet with Lee…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 18, 2020


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Carly Pearce; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Spotify, Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Earlier this week, Carly Pearce scored her second No.1 hit with “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” a duet with Lee Brice.

Although Pearce and Brice’s vocals are featured on the chart-topping breakup song, another country superstar helped with the song behind the scenes: Luke Combs.

Pearce co-wrote the track alongside Combs, Randy Montana and Jonathan Singleton. In a recent interview with Country Now and other media, Pearce shared why it’s important to her to collaborate with her peers as well as the story behind why she wanted to write with Combs in the first place.

“There are some really amazing just artists and songwriters in my class of people. And I want to celebrate that. I love writing songs and I will always be a songwriter, but it was really cool for me to kind of call on my friends that are artists,” she shared. “I had never written a song with another artist in my life until Luke and I wrote, but I was playing a radio show with him one day and was just like, ‘man, I feel like we’re cut from the same cloth.’ I just went to him and I was like, ‘I know this is weird, but would you ever write a song with me?’”

Combs agreed and the rest is history. “I Hope Your Happy Now” is his first No.1 as a songwriter on an outside cut.

Pearce, Brice, Combs and their collaborators celebrated the song’s chart-topping success earlier this week with their own “little” No.1 party. The group documented the occasion with foam hands and balloons and shared their excitement with fans via social media.

As for Pearce, she says she hopes to continue to collaborate with other artists in the future.

“There’s just something that I feel like artists can bring to the table,” she explained. “Vocally, artists can bring to the table just from a knowledge of being out on the road and knowing kind of what people want and what people gravitate towards. And I just think it’s really cool to see…I would love to have cuts with other artists.”

“I Hope You’re Happy Now” is featured on Pearce’s self-titled sophomore album.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.