Carly Pearce and Michael Ray Announce Split

Carly Pearce and Michael Ray have called it quits after less than one year of marriage. The couple announced the…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 22, 2020


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Carly Pearce and Michael Ray have called it quits after less than one year of marriage.

The couple announced the news exclusively with PEOPLE, revealing that Pearce filed for divorce on Friday (June 19).

Pearce and Ray began dating in 2018 after crossing paths during a radio show. According to Pearce, she slid into Ray’s DMs and chatted back and forth before officially setting up their first date. They made their red carpet debut at the CMA Awards in 2018 and after dating for several months, Carly and Michael got engaged in December of 2018. The romantic engagement took place in Tulum, Mexico during a vacation with Pearce’s parents.

After a year-long engagement, Pearce and Ray tied the knot on October 6, 2019 in a “whimsical” ceremony at Drakewood Farm, about 15 miles north of Nashville. They exchanged vows in front of about 100 guests. Several weeks later, the couple enjoyed a honeymoon at Sandals South Coast in Jamaica.

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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.