Carly Pearce Is ‘Thankful’ She No Longer Has To Write About Divorce

Pearce is ready to embark on her next musical chapter.


Madeleine O’Connell

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April 20, 2023


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Carly Pearce; Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for CMT

Carly Pearce has officially wrapped up her 29: Written in Stone album. Earlier this year she dropped a live version of the project recorded at Marathon Music Works in Nashville and earned her latest No.1 song with the featured track, “What He Didn’t Do.” As she closes the door on this chapter, the female songstress is gearing up for the next phase of her career. 

Leaning Into ‘Rootsier’ Music

“Obviously, I learned a lot sonically about where I want to continue to push myself into the rootsier side of my music. But I think more importantly, I just learned that fans, they just wanna hear what I’m going through and what my perspective is and how I see the world in that period of time in my life,” she said in a statement to her label. 

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29: Written in Stone is a collection of authentic songs that came from a period of true heartbreak for Pearce following her divorce from fellow country singer, Michael Ray. The couple filed for divorce in 2020, less than a year after tying the knot. 

Excited To Share New Music

“I’m thankful that I don’t have to write about a divorce anymore. But this phase of my life, while it is very exciting and fulfilling and fun and upbeat, there are still struggles that come with that, and I think I’m just really excited.”

Pearce has always made it a point to be her most authentic and raw self through her music. While fans might assume that she has been writing love songs as a result of her relationship with her boyfriend, Riley King, she went on to foreshadow her next set of music, she claimed that fans may not even know what to expect.

She continued, “I feel like in a lot of ways I’ve become a little bit more private with my personal life, to the point that maybe people don’t even know what this music is gonna be like, and that’s kind of fun for me. I like the mysterious side of that.”

The “I Hope You’re Happy Now” singer told Audacy‘s Katie Neal that it might not be too long before a new set of music starts to come to light.

“Weeks,” she said. “I don’t want to give anything away, but this is the most excited I’ve ever been to put out a song.”

Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde; Photo by Kevin Winter, Getty Images for ACM
Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde; Photo by Kevin Winter, Getty Images for ACM

She also teased that her next collection could include a brand-new duet, or feature, with a male artist. Pearce saw great success with her duet with Ashley McBryde titled, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl.” This stunning song solidified her first GRAMMY for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, topped both the Billboard and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts in May of 2022, and marked Pearce’s third No. 1 single. 

100th Opry Performance

The pair have had the chance to perform this song together on a number of occasions including their most recent appearance at Pearce’s 100th performance on the Grand Ole Opry stage. During this milestone night, she was also joined by Ricky Skaggs, The Isaacs’ Ben and Sonja Isaacs and Lady A’s Charles Kelley. 

Taking to social media to commemorate the celebration, Pearce penned a heartfelt caption that read, “so grateful to be a member of the family I dreamt of being a part of since I was a little girl. Thank you to everyone who joined me in celebrating on and off stage!”

Carly Pearce’s 100th Opry performance took place on Tuesday, April 11, and is set to air on Opry Live on Circle Network Saturday, April 22 at 9/8c pm.

Since wrapping up her time on Blake Shelton’s Back To The Honky Tonk Tour, Pearce has continued to hit the road on headlining dates. Additionally, she has several festival appearances on the books for the year, including iHeart Country Festival, CMA Fest, Watershed Festival, and more.

Her next scheduled appearance is slated for April 21 at the turning stone resort casino in Verona, NY. 

Click HERE to view a complete list of Carly Pearce’s upcoming tour dates.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.