Carly Pearce Says Country Music “Saved My Soul” During Hard Year

Carly Pearce picked up four nominations at the upcoming CMA Awards on Nov. 11. In addition to earning a nomination for New Artist of the Year, Carly’s duet with Lee Brice, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” is nominated for Song, Musical Event and Video of the Year. The tune topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart in June.

Carly’s new single, “Next Girl,” is currently No. 48 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart after six weeks. Penned by Carly, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, the single represent Carly’s first new music without producer busbee—who passed away in September 2019—by her side. It also represents Carly’s first new music since her divorce from Michael Ray after less than a year of marriage.

“2020’s been interesting, but I think that there are beautiful moments,” says Carly. “And for me, something that’s been a beautiful constant thing for me during this hard year has been music. It’s been country music and getting to create country music and then to be recognized in such a huge way. I love country music and it has saved my soul, and [the CMA Awards]is just another way that it continues to save me and make me realize who I’m supposed to be and what I want to do in life.”

Tune in to the CMA Awards on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. CT on ABC.

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