Carly Pearce Admits She’s Encountered the Kind of Guy In ‘Next Girl’ ‘A Lot’ Throughout Her Life

Carly Pearce’s brand new single, “Next Girl,” has quickly become an anthem for women everywhere. In the days since its…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 9, 2020


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Carly Pearce’s brand new single, “Next Girl,” has quickly become an anthem for women everywhere.

In the days since its release, the ’90s inspired tune has resonated with women far and wide as it tells a familiar story many can relate to: getting swept off your feet by a man who says and does all the right things and then realizing it was all a show.

Pearce, who recently scored four CMA Awards nominations, hopes the song will serve as a warning to other women and that it will help them realize guys like this will never change.

“’Next Girl’ is a song that I think every girl has been on both sides of the story at least once in our life, but I bet quite a few times. And for me, I’ve been single the majority of my life, so I’ve encountered this guy a lot through my life and my girlfriends have encountered him,” she explained in an interview with her record label. “Girls at my show probably encounter him at my show, or after the show I see girls encounter him at the bar. And for me, it’s an anthem for girls, kind of like as their big sister, telling them, ‘This guy’s never gonna change. It’s the same story night after night, and to watch out for it.’”

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Pearce co-wrote “Next Girl” with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. The Kentucky native looked to her idols such as Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire and The Chicks when writing the song and says she couldn’t have done it without her co-writers.

“My love for ‘90s Country is shared by these 2 masterminds, Shane and Josh, which is exactly why I wanted to work with them on my new music,” she shared on Instagram. “We got together and just kept throwing out songs we loved, singing pieces of them. They both got everything I wanted to do like ‘That Kind of Girl,’ ‘Blame It On Your Heart,’ ‘Better Things To Do,’ ‘There’s Your Trouble,’ kind of stuff. Starting there, the song just started tumbling together – and ‘Next Girl’ happened.”

“Next Girl” is the follow-up to Pearce’s chart-topping single, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” which was a duet with Lee Brice. The song is the first taste of what’s to come on Pearce’s third studio album as she released her sophomore project in February of this year.

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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.