Credit: Harper Smith
Carly Pearce is making a name for herself in the country genre as a powerful songwriter and artist. Her debut single, “Every Little Thing,” became her first No. 1 last year, making Pearce the only solo female with a charting country debut single certified Gold in 2017 and the highest charting solo female debut since July 2015. The song’s success had Pearce in a distinguished class as she joined Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini as one of only three women to achieve this feat in the past 12 years.
I chatted with Pearce for a cover story for Sounds Like Nashville and the recent ACM nominated New Female Vocal Artist of the Year says that she hopes to be remembered as a female who helped mold this era of country music. Meanwhile, “Every Little Thing” is breaking the mold for women on country radio and she admits the song’s success still amazes her.
“Never in a million years did I think that song would have broke the records and done what it’s done,” she marvels. “In Nashville, it’s hard enough to break through as a female artist in general, but then with a heartbreak ballad as your debut. That’s kind of the kiss of death. To see what it’s done and maybe start to be one of the females in that line of girls that help to change the mold for new females is really, really exciting, and truly is all I’ve ever wanted to do. I’ve dreamt of singing country music on a mass level since I was a little girl.”
Pearce’s new single, “Hide the Wine,” shows a different side to the singer. An upbeat track, she admits she’s excited to be happy on country radio. Listen to her new single below and catch her on tour this year with Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett and Rascal Flatts.