Carly Pearce said placing her heart on the line in the award-winning album, “29: Written In Stone” was well worth it. The 30-song collection details her public divorce from Michael Ray and her personal grieving process after the death of her long-time producer, Busbee.
Pearce’s rich storytelling and vulnerability scored her prestigious accolades and have become one of her best albums to date. Now, the platinum-selling artist is figuring out how to move forward to cultivate her fourth studio album.
“What I have to remind myself is, all ‘29’ was, was how I see the world,” she exclusively told Taste of Country.
The songstress hopes she will never have to pull inspiration from heartbreak and loss again. However, she understands first-hand that the future is unpredictable, and every stage of life can easily bring new challenges or happiness. Although her music career is at an all-time high, Pearce told the outlet that she’s struggling to love again.
“Yes, it’s an exciting time for me with my career. My love life is flourishing, and it’s wonderful. But also, life is a push and pull,” declared the vocalist. “Trying to love again? That’s kind of hard. Trying to navigate your life? That’s kind of hard, but also beautiful and crazy,” she added.
The “What He Didn’t Do” singer clarified that she’s going into her next project with the same storytelling strategy, but the subject matter will thankfully be different.
“[I’m] just going into it with the mindset of being 100 percent vulnerable with where I am in my life,” Pearce confirmed. “And I think fans will meet me there.”
“29: Written In Stone” includes fan favorites such as her duet “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” with Ashley McBryde, “Dear Miss Loretta” featuring country legend Patty Loveless, the fierce anthem “Diamondback,” chart-topping single “Next Girl,” and more. Following the release of the well-rounded record, Pearce received an invitation to become a Grand Ole Opry member and became Female Artist of The Year at the ACM and CMA awards.
In the midst of climbing the country music ladder, the hitmaker began dating Riley King. Pearce got together with the former MLB player for the Kansas City Royals, just one year after her split from her ex-husband in 2020. Although the decorated musician revealed that it’s been challenging to open her heart again, she has never lost sight of her happily ever after.
“I believe in love. I want to find love. I got married because I was in love,” she shared with The Sun. “I mean that’s the whole thing. I absolutely will never let a failed relationship keep me from finding that love that I deserve,” she stressed.
Pearce has not confirmed a release date for her forthcoming LP nor mentioned if it will contain songs about her healthy relationship with King. As fans wait for the new material, they can catch her live on Blake Shelton’s Back To The Honky Tonk Tour in February. Pearce is also nominated for five CMA Awards and will be honored at the CMT’s Artists of The Year event on Friday, October 14, at 9P/8C on CMT.