Carly Pearce

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About Carly Pearce

Country music runs deep in Carly Pearce’s blood, and it’s easy to hear that in her songs, which blend subtle, modern pop sensibilities with rootsy, traditional-sounding arrangements. Born Carly Slusser in Kentucky in 1990, Pearce has been making music since she was a kid. She was touring bluegrass tunes at the age of 11, and left Kentucky at 16 to play relentlessly as a Dollywood performer. With a lifetime of music already behind her when she hit Nashville at 19, Pearce worked through the ups and downs for years before stirring up some attention with her appearance on the Josh Abbott Band’s 2016 duet “Wasn’t That Drunk.” Her work with the late, supremely talented producer busbee—especially 2017’s pensive “Every Little Thing”—led to a deal with Big Machine, which is where she’s been making waves ever since. Pearce’s earthy, powerful vocal delivery lends a compelling gravitas to her songs, as heard on tunes like 2017’s devastating “If My Name Was Whiskey” and 2020’s fiery duet “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” with Lee Brice. But she doesn’t only trade in sad songs—on the lusty ”Hide the Wine,” she splashes some figurative cold water on herself to avoid getting seduced by an old flame, and the 2020 track “Next Girl” serves as an upbeat warning to the woman her ex is charming next.

Taylor Mill, KY, United States
April 24, 1990
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