WATCH: Carly Pearce Performs ‘What He Didn’t Do’ On ‘Good Morning America’

Carly Pearce made her way to the Big Apple for a special appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 16, 2022


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Carly Pearce made her way to the Big Apple for a special appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday (Aug. 16). 

The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year was on hand to perform her latest single, “What He Didn’t Do.”

Sporting a fuchsia fringe dress and white cowboy boots, Pearce confidently performed the heartbreak anthem while backed by her band. 

“What He Didn’t Do” is featured on Pearce’s latest album, 29: Written In Stone. The fan-favorite track was co-written by Pearce, Ashley Gorley and Emily Shackleton. 

The deeply personal tune finds the songstress detailing everything her ex didn’t do throughout the relationship, rather than revealing what he officially did to end things. 

“So I ain’t gonna go and tell you what he did/ But I’ll tell you what he didn’t do/ / 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. 

“What He Didn’t Do” was the most-added song at country radio upon its official add date in mid-June. 

Upon hearing the news, Pearce shared, “What a special day!!! THANK YOU to my country radio family for supporting this song that I love so much. #1 MOST ADDED!!!!”  

As the song continues to climb the charts at country radio, Pearce shared a clip of fans singing every lyric back to her at the top of their lungs. The moment made the songstress quite emotional. 

“ARE YOU KIDDING ME? This song just went to radio & y’all sing it like this?! I couldn’t even sing through all the tears,” she shared. 

“I wrote ‘What He Didn’t Do’ at the end of 2020 with Ashley Gorley and Emily Shackleton. And it was actually the second song that we wrote in the day, which sometimes that’s the one that really hits,” Pearce recently recalled of the day they wrote the song. “And I remember driving away and thinking, wow, I think this song is special. And again, I did what I always do, and I go test out songs against my team‘s will, and went and was playing a writers round in Nashville, and played this song.” 

Carly Pearce - Written In Stone Cover Art; Courtesy Big Machine Records
Carly Pearce – Written In Stone Cover Art; Courtesy Big Machine Records

When a video of her performance hit the internet, it was clear that she had a hit on her hands. 

“And from that moment – somebody put this video up on YouTube – and I’ve never had a song that just organically, socially, people ask for it in everything I do, whether it’s online or in a tweet or in a DM or if I’m doing an interview, or radio stations have asked about it. And people may think that I write too much of my story, but for me that’s my duty. And I feel like when I am writing my story I am writing other people’s story, and this song proves it.”

Pearce is gearing up to host the 15th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors (ACM Honors). 

ACM Honors will recognize several special honorees, including ACM Triple Crown Award recipient Miranda Lambert, ACM Spirit Award recipient Chris Stapleton, ACM Poet’s Award recipient Shania Twain, ACM Milestone Award recipient Morgan Wallen and ACM Film Award recipient Yellowstone

The event will be held on Wednesday, August 24, at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. It will later air on Fox on Tuesday, September 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). 

Pearce is currently on tour with Kenny Chesney and will embark on a headlining European tour this 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.