PHOTOS: See Inside Carly Pearce’s Milestone 100th Opry Performance

The evening included several surprises.

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Lauren Jo Black

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April 12, 2023

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Carly Pearce; Photo by Alexa Campbell

Carly Pearce returned to the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday evening for her milestone 100th performance on the iconic stage. 

Pearce’s set closed out the night at the Opry and featured several surprise guest performances. Ashley McBryde joined Pearce to perform their GRAMMY-winning duet, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” while Ricky Skaggs, a fellow Kentucky native, made a special appearance to perform a rendition of Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”

Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde; Photo by Alexa Campbell
Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde; Photo by Alexa Campbell
Carly Pearce, Ricky Skaggs; Photo by Alexa Campbell
Carly Pearce, Ricky Skaggs; Photo by Alexa Campbell

For her performance of “Easy Going,” a track from her critically acclaimed album, 29: Written In Stone, Pearce was joined by The Isaacs’ Ben and Sonja Isaacs. Another surprise came when Lady A’s Charles Kelley filled in for Lee Brice on the chart-topping hit, “I Hope You’re Happy Now.” 

Carly Pearce, The Issacs; Photo by Alexa Campbell
Carly Pearce, The Issacs; Photo by Alexa Campbell
Carly Pearce, Charles Kelley; Photo by Alexa Campbell
Carly Pearce, Charles Kelley; Photo by Alexa Campbell

The reigning ACM Awards Female Artist of the Year also performed her most recent No.1 single, “What He Didn’t Do,” solo on the Opry stage. 

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

Carly Pearce; Photo by Alexa Campbell
Carly Pearce; Photo by Alexa Campbell

While backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, Pearce was honored with multiple plaques from her label, Big Machine Label Group, as well as Opry Entertainment and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). She received one to commemorate the RIAA PLATINUM certification for “What He Didn’t Do” as well as a second plaque in celebration of Pearce’s impressive career-to-date accomplishments including her four ACM Awards, three CMA Awards, 2022 CMT honor for Artist of the Year, four No. 1 Country radio singles, multiple RIAA certifications, 2+ billion global streams, and more.

Ahead of her 100th Opry performance, Pearce unveiled a line of exclusive, personally-curated merch with Opry Entertainment. The collection includes t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other giftable items that are available for purchase on Opry Entertainment websites (ryman.com and opry.com) and in Opry Entertainment retail stores in Nashville, TN. To view the collection, visit shop.opry.com.

“I am also so excited to have a new merchandise line launching with the Grand Ole Opry,” Pearce previously 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.”

Additionally, Pearce recently shared 29: Written In Stone (Live From Music City). The collection was recorded during an intimate concert event at Marathon Music Works in Nashville and featured appearances from special guests Ashley McBryde (“Never Wanted To Be That Girl”), Lee Brice (“I Hope You’re Happy Now”), The Isaacs (“Easy Going”), Matthew West (“Truth Be Told”), and Jenee Fleenor (“29”).   

The release comes after Pearce wrapped her time on Blake Shelton’s Back To The Honky Tonk Tour.  

Next, Pearce will continue to tour with a mix of headlining dates and festival appearances. Her next scheduled appearance is slated for April 13 at the North Carolina Azalea Fest in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

In the coming weeks, fans can catch her at Tortuga Music Festival, iHeart Country Festival, CMA Fest, Watershed Festival, and more. 

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

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Lauren Jo Black

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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.