Carly Pearce and Michael Ray Return To ‘Where It All Began’ For First Anniversary

Carly Pearce and Michael Ray celebrated a special moment in their relationship on Monday and they did it in the…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 25, 2019


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Carly Pearce and Michael Ray; Photo via Instagram

Carly Pearce and Michael Ray celebrated a special moment in their relationship on Monday and they did it in the most adorable way possible.

To toast their first anniversary as a couple, the lovebirds returned to the spot of their first date, The Nashville Palace. Situated across from the Grand Ole Opry, The Nashville Palace is a rustic honky-tonk that has previously hosted performances from stars like Randy Travis and George Jones.

The pair documented the occasion on Instagram, each sharing a sweet message for each other.

“5 hours together total this week, so we spent them celebrating our first year together,” Pearce wrote. “I love you more than anything in this world, Michael. Ended our night where it all began. I wish I could go back in time and tell that girl sitting at the bar listening to old school country music with that boy hoping he’d keep his arm around her that this was going to be the night that changed her life forever…. ♥️”

Ray shared a similar statement, writing, “Carly you’re my foundation in life and I can’t wait for 99 more years with you. Thank you for choosing me, you’re the gift I’ll never know how I deserved.  I love you forever and a day.”

After their sweet celebration, Pearce and Ray returned to the road for their respective tours.

The couple plans to wed sometime this year. Earlier this month, Pearce told People that they were “getting close” to finalizing their wedding plans. She also revealed that it will be an intimate affair, attended by their “close family and friends” only.

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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.