WATCH: Carly Pearce Emphasizes ‘Rebirth’ In Breathtaking Music Video For ‘What He Didn’t Do’

Carly Pearce is saying “out with the old, in with the new” as she closes one chapter and opens another…


Madeleine O’Connell

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October 12, 2022


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Carly Pearce; Photo by Preston Leatherman

Carly Pearce is saying “out with the old, in with the new” as she closes one chapter and opens another in the new music video for her current single, “What He Didn’t Do.”

The singer released the defining video exclusively on Thursday (Oct. 12). Produced by Ryan Byrd and directed by Alexa Campbell, this release symbolizes her desire to move on from her 15-song collection, “29: Written In Stone.”

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“Bringing #whathedidntdo to life this way feels like the perfect way to end my chapter of 29. Sometimes we weather the storms that life gives us and come out on the other side better than ever. ♥️,” she wrote in a clip on social media previewing the full product. 

In the opening footage, Pearce is seen walking along a scenic beach while wearing an elegant wedding gown. As the song progresses, she finds herself gaining a new perspective on life and slowly makes her way into the glistening water.

By the time the empowering chorus hits for the second time, Pearce has almost fully emerged herself.

Carly Pearce; Photo by Preston Leatherman
Carly Pearce; Photo by Preston Leatherman

“Treat me right, put me first, be a man of his word / Stay home ’cause he wanted to / Always fight for my love, hold on tight like it’s something / That he couldn’t stand to lose / The devil’s in the details, I won’t tell the hell that he put me through / All I know is in the end, it wasn’t what he did, no / It was what he didn’t do,” she sings. 

She then resurfaces, cleaning herself of her past disparities and makes her way back to the beach, ready to shed the weight of the wedding gown dragging behind her. 

“For me, I wanted to show the rebirth of where I am now in my life,” she told CMT. “This is the last single on ’29.’ It kind of feels like a wash of what has happened to me and I came out on the other side.”

Carly Pearce; Photo by Preston Leatherman
Carly Pearce; Photo by Preston Leatherman

“What He Didn’t Do” is among the list of tracks on her full record that chronicles Pearce’s raw emotions from losing long-time collaborator Busbee and her fight to find herself again after her divorce from country singer-songwriter Michael Ray. 

Her resilience shines in this new music video and single penned alongside Ashley Gorley and Emily Shackleton, as she remains transparent about walking away from a toxic relationship that didn’t fulfill her heart in the way she so longed for. According to Pearce, her mom was touched by the powerful footage. 

“I watched it with my mom,” The Kentucky native shared. “She cried because she could so clearly see the imagery of what we were trying to do.”

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

The glowing ballad follows her No. 1 hit with Ashley McBryde, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl, which was recently certified GOLD by the RIAA. This song has also become the most added song at country radio.

Carly Pearce recently wrapped up her first headlining European tour and in the new year, she will be joining Blake Shelton in support of his Back To The Honky Tonk Tour. Before she kicks things off with Shelton on Feb. 16 in Lincoln, NE, Pearce will play two back-to-back nights at the Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27.

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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.