Carly Pearce Reveals Plans To Commemorate 100th Opry Performance
This will mark a milestone performance for the country star.
Carly Pearce; Photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry
Carly Pearce has been performing on the coveted Opry stage since her debut in 2015, and on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, she will return for her 100th performance in the historic circle.
“When I made my Grand Ole Opry debut in 2015, I had hopes and dreams that I would be able to align with them in a much larger way as my career progressed,” said Pearce. “To now be at my 100th performance and to think about everything that has happened in the years that followed my debut, I am so proud to be a member of the Opry and know that they are a true partner of mine.”
The country star announced the news of her milestone night during a recent appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. In doing so, she also revealed that she has teamed up with Opry Entertainment to launch a personally-curated exclusive merchandise line that includes tee shirts, sweatshirts, and other giftable items.
“I am also so excited to have a new merchandise line launching with the Grand Ole Opry,” Pearce shared in a press release. “It will forever be a huge part of my story & a huge passion in my life to continue to keep the Opry at the forefront of our genre.”
The new line features an assortment of retro-inspired “music tour” graphic tees that reflect the same comfort and appearance of the beloved vintage tees. According to a recent press release, it was confirmed that fans can expect even more collections inspired by Pearce’s music to drop throughout the year.
“As Carly steps into the circle for the 100th time, we are thrilled to partner with her to design this unique co-branded merchandise collection to celebrate the milestone performance. Our exclusive co-branded merchandise is specially created with the fans of Carly and the Grand Ole Opry in mind.,” said Jim Decker, Opry Entertainment vice president, retail.
Starting Wednesday (Mar. 22), the Pearce merchandise collection will be available exclusively on Opry Entertainment websites (ryman.com and opry.com) and in Opry Entertainment retail stores in Nashville, TN.
100th Opry Performance
The “What He Didn’t Do” singer’s 100th Opry show will feature special guests including fellow Opry members The Isaacs, Ricky Skaggs, and more to be announced. This star-studded event will be captured and aired on Circle Television as a special “Opry Live” on Saturday, April 22. It will also be broadcast on April 11 on the airwaves of WSM Radio, wsmonline.com, and SiriusXM, Willie’s Roadhouse.
Pearce’s first performance at the Opry took place about two years before landing her Big Machine Records deal in 2017. Since then, she has built her career on being vulnerable and open with her fanbase through a slew of heartbreak ballads and hopeful anthems.
Now a GRAMMY-award-winning artist, Pearce is preparing to close one door of her career and open another with the release of her new album, 29: Written In Stone (Live From Music City), out March 24. This collection was recorded during an intimate concert event at Marathon Music Works in Nashville as a live retelling of her critically-acclaimed album 29.
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.”
Pearce has previewed her first live album by unveiling several tracks off the collection – “What he Didn’t Do,” “Should’ve Known Better” and her duet with Ashley McBryde, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl.”
The news of this project was announced through a social media post that found Pearce reflecting on some of the ways 29 has impacted her life.
“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.”
Last year, Pearce brought her music to the stage through her sold-out headlining trek, THE 29 TOUR. Now, she is in the midst of opening for Blake Shelton’s BACK TO THE HONKY TONK TOUR, which kicked off in February and will wrap up on March 25.
Pearce is also scheduled to appear at several major music festivals including 2023 Outlaws and Legends Music Festival, Tortuga Music Festival 2023, North Carolina Azalea Fest, Country Thunder, and more.
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.