WATCH: Carly Pearce Shares Emotional Duet With Young Fan At The Appalachian Fair

Carly Pearce knows what it’s like to chase her musical dreams so when she heard about an aspiring young singer…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 23, 2022


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Carly Pearce, Paisley; Photos via Twitter

Carly Pearce knows what it’s like to chase her musical dreams so when she heard about an aspiring young singer named Paisley in the audience at her show on Monday evening (Aug. 22), Pearce decided to offer her an unforgettable experience to perform in front of a festival crowd.  

In the midst of Pearce’s headlining performance at Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tennessee, the Kentucky native stopped the show to tell the story of a young fan who finds inspiration in her and her music. 

Carly Pearce; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Carly Pearce; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

“Do you mind if I tell you a story that happened today?” Pearce said from the stage. ”I used to work at Dollywood, but even before I worked at Dollywood, when I was a little girl probably like 6, 7, or 8, my mom convinced a vocal coach to take me on as a student and I would make these CDs of LeAnn Rimes, The Chicks, and more.”

Peace admitted that Paisley’s story reminded her of her own. 

“My assistant today, she brought a CD to us and she said ‘There’s a little girl out here named Paisley and she wanted you to have this CD,’” Pearce explained. “So, Paisley we listened to it while we had dinner and Paisley sang two of my songs and then she also wrote her own song that had my name in it and I’ve met Paisley before on tour at one of my 29 shows and Paisley reminds me a lot of me. She looks a lot like me when I was her age. She reminds me of just that child-like faith of having a dream and wanting to sing.

The two-time ACM Honors host then invited Paisley to sing with her. 

“Paisley, somebody told me tonight that your favorite song is ‘What He Didn’t Do,’ would you like to come and sing it with me?” Pearce said, before welcoming her to stage. ”Y’all please make welcome Paisley. You ready? We’re just going to sing it together,” Pearce added.

Following their memorable performance together, Pearce took to social media to share a clip of their duet.

“Y’all meet Paisley. She handed my band a CD she recorded of some original songs and also my songs,” Pearce wrote. ”It instantly took me back to when my mom first took me to a recording studio when I was about her age. She told me ‘What He Didn’t Do’ was her favorite song, so I had to invite her up… as I cried thinking of me at that age 🥲♥”

In the clip, Pearce is seen singing the first verse before passing the microphone to the young fan, who sang the chorus of the tune as Pearce held back tears. 

Pearce will wrap up her time on Kenny Chesney’s Here And Now Tour close this week with back-to-back shows at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on August 26 and 27. She’ll then head overseas for a run of shows in Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom and more. 

The chart-topping songstress is currently preparing to host the 15th Annual ACM Honors, which airs on Tuesday, September 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

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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.