Interview with Carly Pearce

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Hi Carly, I’m sure you won’t mind me saying that your new single “Every Little Thing” is just brilliant. Can you give us a little bit of background about the song? Oh my goodness, thank you so much! Wellllll, if you can’t tell– I definitely went through a pretty massive break up, ha! This song was a therapy session for me. In life, we don’t control when our hearts are ready to let someone go. This song takes you through the snapshots of very real moments that I lived of dealing with the ghost.

You’ve received some great comments about the song on social media from the likes of Cam, Kelsea Ballerini and Lucy Hale. That must have felt pretty special? Something I love so much is the fact that other female artists and people in the entertainment industry having hearts as big as these girls. Their support means the world to me, because I respect each of them and what they do so much.

With the single being so successful already, what can we expect on the back of it? A further single, an EP or an album? My producer, Busbee, and I have been hard at work over the last year working on material. I am so excited to see where “Every Little Thing” takes me and cannot wait for country music fans to learn everything about me. So yes, more music is coming!

Tell us how you got into country music in the first place – and has it always been country music? I truly can say I’ve never known a day that I didn’t want to be a country music artists. There are videos of me as young as 5 years old telling my parents I was going to sing on the Grand Ole Opry someday. I guess you could say I was born with it.

Last year you were named one of the ‘Top 10 Country Artists You Need To Know” by Rolling Stone magazine – and I did notice that you were the first named on that list. That must have been a great endorsement! Oh gosh, does it get any bigger than Rolling Stone?! To be recognized like that was so flattering. Definitely seeing my name on that list was a highlight.

You’ve toured with the likes of Florida Georgia Line and Lucy Hale. This must have given you a great insight into what it takes to become a successful country artist? Absolutely. I feel so fortunate that I’ve had almost a “side line” course that many new artists don’t get before they are put out onto the playing field. I feel like I’ve been a sponge over the last 8 years of living in Nashville, soaking in all the experiences I’ve been given to prepare me for the time when my shot came.

So which artists would you say have influenced your career the most? I am such a fan of tone in voices. Trisha Yearwood is a huge vocal influence, as well as Sonya Isaacs. I grew up loving bluegrass music, which I think the “haunting” element of this song shows, so Alison Krauss and Union Station are big influences. I also love Dolly… I convinced my parents when I was 16 years old to let me quit high school and homeschool because I wanted to audition to sing in a country show at Dollywood. They were crazy enough to let me do it and I ended up moving there and getting a job. So, I really can say I worked “9 to 5” for Dolly! 😉

You’ve already played at the Grand Ole Opry, so tell us all about that – which other iconic venues would you like to perform at? And if you could perform a duet with anyone, who would you choose? Man, like I said before… the Grand Ole Opry was the ultimate for me. I have dreamt of that moment my entire life. I hope to continue to represent the Opry as one of the new artists, because I respect and cherish it so much. Other than the Opry, I’d love to sing in an arena… I’ve been to so many concerts over the years and have fantasized about what it would be like to hear my voice in a room that size!
My dream duet partner would be a bluegrass artist named Dan Tyminski. Many of you know him as the voice of George Clooney in “O Brother Where Art Tho?” He’s incredible. That tone!!

Let’s have a bit of fun. You’re hosting a fantasy dinner party – which three guests do you invite? Oh gosh, only three?! Hmm.. I’d say Dolly, because who wouldn’t want to have dinner with Dolly?! Two, my girl Kelsea Ballerini– because I just love her so much. Three, Meryl Streep because everything about her screams Ah-mazing.

To finish, tell us what plans Carly Pearce has for the rest of 2016, moving into 2017 I am about to join up with Kelsea on her first headlining tour in a couple of weeks which I am SUPER excited about, and I am just getting things ready to go for 2017. I am excited to see where “every little thing” goes, excited to get out and play more shows and am excited for country music fans to get to know me. I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship 😉

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