Carly Pearce has teamed with Ashley McBryde on her new song, Never Wanted To Be That Girl, from her upcoming album, 29: Written In Stone.
The track, co-written with Shane McAnally, leans into pain and confusion as they come to terms with the fact that they’re the other woman, albeit unintentionally, reflected through such lyrics as “thought this kind of lonely only happens to somebody else,” and “thought I knew who I was, but it’s getting hard to tell.”
Pearce says, “This is the story of how a bad man happened to two good women.”
McBryde adds, “You won’t want to miss this story.”
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Pearce’s third studio album, 29: Written In Stone – an expansion of her successful 29 EP – produced by Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, will be released on September 17. The 15-song project will include the EP’s original seven tracks with an addition eight cuts, including her latest single, Dear Miss Loretta, which features country singer, Patty Loveless.
Pearce began her career professionally at age 11, performing regularly with a bluegrass band. At 16, she dropped out of high school to work at the Dollywood theme park as part of the ‘Country Crossroads’ stage show, before moving to Nashville three years later with sights set on pursuing a solo country music career.
After featuring on the track Wasn’t That Drunk by country group, Josh Abbott Band, she released her platinum-certified, debut single Every Little Thing in 2017. The song peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and #1 the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Every Little Thing featured on her debut studio album of the same name, and debuted at #4 shortly after release. Her follow-up, self-titled album came out last year, and featured Closer To You and the platinum-certified, #1 single I Hope You’re Happy Now with Lee Brice.
Following a tumultuous 2020, her current EP, 29 is a documentation of her baring her soul in a personal, vulnerable and raw seven-track collection of songs. Pearce co-wrote every song on the project, collaborating with writer/producers McAnally and Osborne, who helped create her previous single Next Girl, and other writers including Emily Shackelton, Jordan Reynolds, Sarah Buxton, and Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey. Pearce recently teamed with five-time Grammy nominated, Christian singer-songwriter, Matthew West for a duet version of his number one radio single, Truth Be Told.
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