WATCH: Carly Pearce Performs ‘Next Girl’ On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Just days before the release of her full-length project, 29: Written In Stone, Carly Pearce made an appearance on ABC’s…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 16, 2021


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Just days before the release of her full-length project, 29: Written In Stone, Carly Pearce made an appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform her hit single, “Next Girl.”

Sporting big hair, leather shorts, a satin shirt and a blinged-out belt buckle, Pearce confidently belted out the lyrics to the fierce breakup anthem while backed by her four-piece band.

Co-written by Pearce alongside Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, “Next Girl” serves as a warning to the “Next Girl” who ends up with a womanizing man. 

The track appears on Pearce’s CMA Album of the Year nominated project 29, as well as the extended version, which will be available everywhere on Friday (Sept. 17). 

29: Written In Stone was produced by Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne and includes a total of 15 tracks. The expanded project encompasses the emotional rollercoaster Pearce has endured while working through the loss of her producer and friend, Busbee, and the tough ending to her marriage. Channeling her feelings of disappointment and grief into her songs allowed the singer to realize she was wiser and better from the experience as she heals from the events of the last 12 months.

“So much has happened to me in the last year,” Pearce shared as she reflects on the inspiration for her new music. “The more my life unraveled, the more the songs lifted me up. As the smoke cleared, and some unbelievable things started happening, I was writing even more truth and getting lifted up even higher – and I realized, as much as 29 captured a moment, I wasn’t done with the story.”

Fans can catch Pearce on Lady A’s What A Song Can Do Tour throughout the fall. 

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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 and her work being featured on 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.