Carly Pearce Reveals The Genius Strategy She Used To Snag Chris Stapleton For ‘We Don’t Fight Anymore’

Pearce shared how Chris Stapleton’s wife, Morgane, played a role in getting the song to the eight-time GRAMMY winner.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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June 20, 2023

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Carly Pearce; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Morgane Stapleton; Photo by Christopher Polk for PMC, ACM

Carly Pearce has revealed the clever way she secured Chris Stapleton as a featured guest on her newest release, “We Don’t Fight Anymore.”

During an interview with SiriusXM’s The Highway, the country star explained that before going directly to Stapleton with the request, she reached out to his wife, Morgane Stapleton. 

“I think the best thing that you can do is go to somebody’s wife. So I DM’d Morgane on Instagram,” Pearce shared. “I said, ‘Hey, I know this is super weird, but I have this song that I really want Chris to hear. Do you mind if I send it?’ And she was like, ‘girl, call me tomorrow.’ So I call her and she was like, ‘you know, we get asked to do a lot of stuff and we’ll listen, but can we be honest if it’s not the right fit?’ or whatever, right timing. I was like, ‘of course, just let him hear it.’”

When she finally heard back with the good news that Stapleton was interested in being part of the song, Pearce was already in the midst of experiencing a career milestone. 

“Literally, the night before I won my first Grammy, I got a text from her saying that he would love to do it. And so it was just like the most mind blowing weekend of my life,” said Pearce.

The “What He Didn’t Do” singer went on to graciously say that with the addition of Stapleton’s angelic vocals, the powerful recording ended up far exceeding her initial expectations. 

“He called me and asked me what I wanted him to do on it. And I said, ‘I want you to go do whatever you feel,’” she continued. “And I think as the song progresses, you’re gonna see why Chris is like, one of the most special vocalists ever because he added such an element to this song and such a perspective that when we were writing it, we didn’t even know it needed. But now, that song could not be without him.”

Co-written by the GRAMMY, CMA and ACM-Award winning singer-songwriter alongside frequent collaborators Shane McAnally and Pete Good, the song is further elevated through Stapleton’s captivating talent as it intertwines with Pearce in a set of dreamy harmonies. 

Together, they bring to life the story of a couple who longs for a way to reconnect before loneliness and distance ultimately tear their relationship down. 

“I hope this song meets you wherever you are on your journey. Whether that’s in the middle of needing to call it quits, remembering someone from the past or deciding you want to work it out. I’ve never been more proud of a song,” she wrote on Instagram.

Throughout Pearce’s honest lyrics and striking vocals, she explains that even though nothing has gone terribly awry between the pair, the relationship cannot survive on the lack of connection at play.

“We don’t yell ’cause what the hell difference would it make?/ We don’t cuss and we don’t care enough to even hate/ We could tear up the house, we could burn the whole thing down/ But boy what for? ‘Cause we don’t even fight anymore,” Pearce and Stapleton sing on the chorus.

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“We Don’t Fight Anymore” marks Pearce’s debut as a co-producer alongside McAnally and Josh Osborne.

The new song dropped June 16 via Big Machine Records and officially impacted Country radio on June 20. Additionally, it serves as the first release since Pearce’s critically-acclaimed third studio album 29: Written In Stone. This vulnerable project, which she has now officially closed the chapter on, evolved from her divorce with fellow country star, Michael Ray in 2020.

“Obviously, I learned a lot sonically about where I want to continue to push myself into the rootsier side of my music,” she said in a statement to her label. “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.”

Pearce continued, “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.”

Carly Pearce; Photo by Allister Ann
Carly Pearce; Photo by Allister Ann

Following her recent CMA Fest performance in Nashville, TN on June 15, Carly Pearce has plans to appear at several more festivals throughout the year. She will hit the stage at Cedar County Fair, Country Thunder, Watershed Festival, and more.

She’s next scheduled to perform on June 24 at South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, MA. 

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.