Carly Pearce and Lee Brice Join Forces On New Duet

Carly Pearce and Lee Brice just surprised fans with the announcement of a brand new duet. Pearce and Brice shared…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 12, 2019


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Carly Pearce; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Lee Brice; Photo by Danielle Del Valle Getty Images

Carly Pearce and Lee Brice just surprised fans with the announcement of a brand new duet.

Pearce and Brice shared the news via simultaneous Facebook Live Chats and even gave fans a sneak peek of the new track, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” during their respective live sessions.

The duet follows the success of Pearce’s “Closer To You” and Brice’s “Rumor,” and shares the personal true story of an experience Pearce once lived.

“I am so excited to share such a personal part of my story with one of the best male vocalists in our format,” Pearce shared. “Lee has the kind of gruff yet vulnerable quality to his sound that I envisioned for this duet and am grateful he agreed to join me. This song is raw and real, truly something I think many people around the world will relate to.”

“It was an absolute pleasure working with Carly on this track,” added Brice. “She has such a beautiful and powerful voice and definitely has a huge career ahead of her. Hope everyone loves this song as much as we did recording it!”

“I Hope You’re Happy Now” was co-written by Pearce alongside Luke Combs, Jonathan Singleton and Randy Montana. The track, which was produced by busbee, will be available everywhere September 27.

Pearce’s “I Hope You’re Happy Now” and “Closer To You” will be included on her much-anticipated sophomore album, which is expected to release in 2020. Pearce, a CMA New Artist of the Year nominee, is currently on tour with Jason Aldean.

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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.