Carly Pearce has made her mark in country music following the release of her EP “29” on February 19th. Pearce appeared at the 56th ACM Awards, winning not one but two awards for her number 1 hit “I Hope You’re Happy Now” with Lee Brice. The duo won the Single of the Year and Music Event of the Year categories. Now Pearce is stepping into a new role as the host of ACM Honors on August 25th from The Ryman. She also appeared at the CMT Awards bringing her dog June Jolene Pearce to the show.
Back on the road again, Pearce is on Lady A’s “What A Song Can Do Tour” with Tenille Arts and Niko Moon. She also performed at the Faster Horses Festival, CMA Summer Jam, and Hood River County Fair earlier this summer. You can find her full tour schedule here.
Invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry by Dolly Parton herself, the Kentucky native will be inducted tonight, August 3rd alongside Trisha Yearwood, Clay Walker, and Jeannie Seely. In anticipation, Pearce announced "29: Written In Stone" to be released September 17th. Pre-save here.
You can read our full interview with Carly Pearce below.
You brought your dog June to the CMT Awards, how has June helped to comfort you this year?
Last summer was a really difficult time in my life and I can remember a time where I was upset, and she just came right over and curled up in my lap. She has so much unconditional love and is always there for me when I need her the most.
Tell us about the making behind the “Next Girl” music video.
I had so much fun making that music video! I feel like most of us have either witnessed those ridiculous advances or have been on the receiving end at some point in time. Even though I truly hope the lyrics help the 'next girl' know that a jerk's actions are not her fault, I also wanted to mix some of the often-experienced pick-up techniques with a little humor.
You have previously noted that the Grand Ole Opry is your favorite venue to perform at, now you’re the newest member of it. Tell us about that experience.
The Opry has so much history woven into it and every time I’m there I get chills thinking about all of the iconic artists that have performed in the circle. When Dolly shared the news with me, my heart exploded! I am so looking forward to being a part of the most prestigious family in country music and being heavily involved with the Opry in the years to come.
You won not one, but two ACM Awards this year and now you’re hosting ACM Honors. What can we expect to see on August 25th?
Taking home those ACM Awards was a night I will never forget. I was so flattered when I was asked to host the ACM Honors. It’s such a special night in country music and we are going to be honoring some of the most deserving people in the industry including my idol Loretta Lynn. Fans should expect to see some killer performances and fun outfit changes from me throughout the night. I’m extremely excited to put on a new hat for the night and try out hosting.
Festivals are returning this summer, what is your favorite part of performing? Favorite festival food or activity?
The crowds at festivals are unlike any other. I love to hear the fans singing along at the top of their lungs and dancing and having a good time. One of the best things to do after I finish up a festival set is head out to the seats and take in the final sets of the night and just enjoy being a fan of the amazing artists, I get to share the stage with.
You are going on tour with Lady A, Niko Moon, and Tenille Arts. How excited are you?
It’s been such a long time coming to get back on the road. We are so excited; it’s been amazing to play a few one-off shows with my band and feel that energy again. It’s the first time I’m getting to play these songs and hear them sung back to me and it’s been unbelievable. It’s made even more special that Lady A are great friends of mine, all of us are ready to make some great memories with all the fans.