CP2 is finally out and the thirteen-song album encompasses all the stages of love. Following her marriage to Michael Ray, Carly wanted to include “Finish Your Sentences” a duet with her husband. A song written by Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, and Ashley Gorley, it was Carly’s label CEO Scott Borchetta who sent her the track telling her to sing with her new boyfriend.
While the majority of the songs are about love, the album also speaks of female empowerment and heartache. To show her strength and determination, Carly added “Dashboard Jesus” and “Woman Down” to her track list. Originally set to appear on her first record before she was turned down, “Dashboard Jesus” speaks to Carly never losing faith in herself. Meanwhile, “Woman Down” is inspired by the work of Shania Twain. Carly stating to Billboard, “I feel like Shania had a way [with] those empowering female songs - and as soon as I heard that song, I wanted to sing it for my mom. I wanted to sing it for my grandmother. I wanted to sing it for myself.”
It is in the final song of her sophomore album “It Won’t Always Be Like This” which speaks on heartache. Written with Sam Ellis and Natalie Hemby, the song was inspired by her grandfather and ultimately the passing of her producer busbee who died unexpectedly of brain cancer. “I just feel grateful for the time that I got with him and I feel like it’s my duty to carry on his legacy and be a small part that gets to keep these songs going and cherish these little moments of music that he created. busbee changed our lives. His heart was all over this and I will forever be grateful to busbee.”
Listen to CP2 here.