Carly Pearce Readies Live Version Of ’29: Written In Stone’

The country star shares that she is ready to move on from the difficult chapter in her life that is “29.”


Madeleine O’Connell

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February 3, 2023


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Carly Pearce; Photo Courtesy Big Machine Records

As Carly Pearce enters a new chapter filled with far more joy than what she felt while writing her critically acclaimed 29 album, she’s decided to officially close the book on this time in her life with the release of 29: WRITTEN IN STONE (LIVE FROM MUSIC CITY).

The new version of this project was produced by Pearce alongside David Clauss and recorded during an intimate concert event at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. The female country star was also joined by a number of special guests including Lee Brice on “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” The Isaacs on “Easy Going,” Matthew West on “Truth Be Told,” Jenee Fleenor on “29,” and Ashley McBryde on “Never Wanted To Be That Girl.”

Fans will get to hear the entire live album on March 24, but until then, the GRAMMY-nominated artist shared a taste of what’s to come with the release of “What he Didn’t Do,” and her duet with McBryde. Cheers can be heard from the crowd throughout the recording of the emotional track. Together, the two artists give a soaring performance as they let their guards down and allow the vulnerable lyrics to take the lead. 

Pearce took to social media on Friday (Feb. 3) the announce the news of her latest creation. In doing so, she also reflected on some of the ways this album has impacted her thus far. 

Her caption read, “29: Written In Stone changed my whole life in every way. To those of you who got to experience it on the road with me, those moments were some of my favorite of my entire life. For those of you who didn’t… I have a surprise for you. 29: Written In Stone (Live From Music City) will be out March 24th AND you can listen to the live versions of “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” and “What He Didn’t Do” from the album TODAY.”

Amassing over 200 million streams to date, “What He Didn’t Do” serves as Pearce’s current GOLD-certified Top-10-and-soaring hit. This fan-favorite track was co-written by Pearce, Ashley Gorley and Emily Shackleton. It finds the Kentucky native detailing everything her ex didn’t do throughout their relationship, rather than revealing what he officially did to bring their love story to an end. 

“What He Didn’t Do” was also named Favorite Breakup Song in the 2021 fan-voted Country Now Awards. 

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This Sunday (2/5), she will vie for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Never Wanted To Be That Girl”) during the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Hosted by Trevor Noah, the 2023 ceremony will air live on CBS and stream on Paramount+ at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Sunday, Feb. 5.

“Well… I really don’t have any words. My first GRAMMY nomination?! Wow. Wow. Wow. Thank you @recordingacademy for this moment I’ll never forget ♥️” Pearce shared when the exciting news was first announced.

Then, beginning February 16, Carly Pearce will join Blake Shelton’s BACK TO THE HONKY TONK TOUR. This stint of shows follows last year’s sold-out headlining trek, THE 29 TOUR, along with her summer on the road in support of Kenny Chesney. 

Once her run with Shelton comes to an end on March 25, Pearce will make appearances at several major music festivals including 2023 Outlaws and Legends Music Festival, Tortuga Music Festival 2023, North Carolina Azalea Fest, Country Thunder, and more. 

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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.