Carly Pearce Answers Her Calling

CMT Next Women of Country Singer-Songwriter Chases a Dream

Kentucky-born Carly Pearce always knew her calling was to sing country music.

Early years spent singing bluegrass introduced her to influences like Allison Krauss and Dan Tyminski. Women like Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Patty Loveless also made a lasting impression.

“I love real, true female voices with a lot of tone and a lot of texture,” she said while taping a performance for CMT Next Women of Country Live. “I come from the mountain sound. I love true singers and stylists.”

She grew up dreaming of performing on the Grand Ole Opry and didn’t waste any time in her pursuit. Pearce began homeschooling at the age of 16 to work at Dollywood and another theater, Country Tonight, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Six shows a day, five days a week — a schedule Pearce calls “performance boot camp.”

It prepared her for a move to Nashville at 19, where she buckled down, more determined than ever to make her dreams come true.

And all those dreams are now becoming reality. When she’s not touring with artists like Kelsea Ballerini or duet partner Josh Abbott (“Wasn’t That Drunk”), Pearce can often be found onstage at the Opry or in the studio working on her new music.

“I’ve had a crazy ride here and had the chance to meet a lot of amazing people.” Pearce said. “I’ve always known that this is what I was meant to do.”

Enjoy her CMT Next Women of Country Live performance of “Every Little Thing” and learn more about the talented newcomer.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.