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.'”
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.”
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I’m so happy I have this photo (although we look so mad 😂) because this was the day we wrote #nextgirl. My love for ‘90s Country is shared by these 2 master minds, Shane and Josh, which is exactly why I wanted to work with them on my new music. 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. It felt just like where @patty_lovelessofficial might be today, and we couldn’t wait to record it 🤍
“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.