Carly Pearce talks first arena tour, writing debut album and what its like touring with Blake Shelton


For Kentucky native, Carly Pearce, country music is all she has ever known.

Equipped with a voice and a dream, Carly set out to make it happen, but the road ahead was not always easy.

From performing at Dollywood at age 16, to cleaning AirBnBs in her twenties, Carly said the struggles of stardom were tough, but she never gave up.

The hard work and perseverance finally paid off. The singer said this past year has been a whirlwind, and the year her dreams started coming true.

“Crazy! One year ago, I was on my radio tour just playing in conference rooms and trying to introduce myself to country radio,” the 27-year-old country singer said.

On Friday, Carly joined the stage with Blake Shelton, along with Brett Eldredge and special guest, Trace Adkins, in Greenville for the Country Music Freaks Tour.

“The fact that in a year I’m playing in arenas with arguably one of the biggest superstars of the last couple of decades, Blake Shelton, I just feel really honored,” Carly said.

“He’s been so gracious to let me get on stage every night and sing with him and he’s just very normal, which I think is what I expected, but it’s also cool to see,” Carly said.

Carly performed songs from her debut album, Every Little Thing.

According to the album bio, the 13-tracks chronicle Carly’s life, “Getting close, falling apart, being in love, bad boyfriends, crummy jobs, finding your way, second chances, enduring tenacity and people who understand are the essence of Every Little Thing.”

Carly said this past year has been full of firsts, but the best moment was when her first single, Every Little Thing, hit No. 1.

“My song going number one. My debut single, Every Little Thing. That’s something as an artist you dream of having. You certainly as a new artist don’t expect that to happen so that was an evening I will never forget,” Carly said.

Another first, Carly said, is performing in front of sold out crowds.

“It’s a much bigger stage and a lot more people, but it’s really, really fun, Carly said, “Obviously it’s a dream come true for me. I’ve always dreamt of playing in an arena.”

Carly is currently nominated for New Female Vocalist of the Year, her first ACM Award nomination, which will broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15 at 8:00 PM.

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