Carly Pearce Dishes On Her Friendship with Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini
Since bursting onto the country music scene with her heartbreaking debut single, “Every Little Thing,” Carly Pearce has won over…
Carly Pearce, Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini; Photos by Andrew Wendowski
Since bursting onto the country music scene with her heartbreaking debut single, “Every Little Thing,” Carly Pearce has won over legions of country music fans with her likable personality and catchy tunes. As she navigated her way through the music industry, she also made a few artist friends along the way, two of them being Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini.
Pearce, Morris and Ballerini have many things to bond over. Not only do they share a trainer (Erin Oprea), they have each carved out their own path to stardom and they’re also in relationships with other artists (Pearce is engaged to Michael Ray, Morris is Married to Ryan Hurd and Ballerini is married to Morgan Evans). It’s safe to say the ladies have quite a bit to bond over.
Having girls like Morris and Ballerini to lean on is something Pearce does not take for granted. She recently opened up about their friendship, saying, “Those girls have walked every situation that I’ve walked and there’s just a sisterhood there.”
“Most people don’t understand because you haven’t lived what we live and you can’t really ask certain people questions,” she continued. “But for them, we can all bond over what we deal with as female artists in the industry. And it’s just nice to feel like you’re not alone sometimes.”
Although their busy schedules don’t always allow for group hangs, Pearce, Morris and Ballerini try to get together as much as possible. They often document their time together on Instagram.
Carly Pearce is currently touring with Jason Aldean on his massive Ride All Night Tour. Click HERE to see if she is coming to a city near you this summer. Her latest single, “Closer To You” continues to climb the charts at country radio.
Lauren Jo Black
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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.