Carly Pearce Surprises Fans With Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox At Headlining Ryman Show
Carly Pearce officially kicked off her back-to-back headlining run last at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Notable musicians in the industry, Bill Anderson, Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox, and Kentucky native Ricky Skaggs flocked to the mother church to honor Pearce's award-winning catalog and well-deserved success.
The powerhouse vocalist began the highly anticipated show strong with her sassy single "Diamondback." Pearce not only performed tracks from her chart-topping album "29: Written In Stone," but honored her heroes and mentors throughout the spectacular evening.
"This is everything that's happened to me in the last six years. That's what this embodies, and to be able to celebrate the career that I've had so far, it's really exciting," the songstress told Forbes ahead of the show. "I think it's important to showcase every album, not just the latest, and we definitely have some special guests on both nights. I really wanted this to be something that's just mine."
Before Peace joined Anderson on stage to tackle his Dolly Parton duet "Some Day It Will All Make Sense," he dubbed her the "future of country music." To pay homage to her humble beginnings, she expressed her love for bluegrass with a passionate rendition of "Blue Moon of Kentucky" with Skaggs.
It wasn't until the encore that Pearce surprised the respectful sold-out crowd of friends, family, and loyal fans with LeVox. The two delivered his early 2000s smash hit, "What Hurts The Most."
The hitmaker, who has recently pursued a country solo career with "Get Down Like That," exploded into the recognizable introduction. Pearce displayed her powerful pipes in the sing-along-worthy chorus, creating a chilling harmony that is too astonishing to overlook.
While the vocalist confidently jumped into the second verse – LeVox pointed at his Carly Pearce T-shirt, which was exclusively made for the Ryman.
"It's hard to deal with the pain of losing you everywhere I go | But I'm doin' It| It's hard to force that smile when I see our old friends | And I'm alone |Still harder| Gettin' up, gettin' dressed, livin' with this regret," belts Pearce. "But I know if I could do it over |I would trade, give away all the words that I saved in my heart |That I left unspoken."
Following the jaw-dropping performance, LeVox turned to social media to reflect on the collaboration and to share his gratitude.
"Thank you for having me out to help close the show last night at @theryman @carlypearce," he wrote alongside a video. "Watching you grow in your career has been one for the books, and dang are your fans LOUD. Congratulations, girl," he added.
While many country music fans praised the memorable act, Pearce said she would "never recover." LeVox played a vital role in Pearce's journey, as he provided her with the opening slot on the Rascal Flatts' Back to Us Tour in 2018.
The country crooner recently honored Pearce at the CMT Artists of The Year ceremony, where she stunned with a stripped-down version of her vulnerable hit "29." Pearce's first headlining show at the sacred venue was the icing on the cake, as the last two years have been a whirlwind.
The 32-year-old became a Grand Ole Opry member, secured her third No.1 single with "Never Wanted To Be That Girl" with Ashley McBryde, and received Female Vocalist of the Year at both the 2021 CMA Awards and 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards.
Pearce is predicted to finish 2022 with a bang, with five CMA Award nominations. After Pearce wraps at the Ryman Auditorium, she is slated to be inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Friday, Oct. 28.