VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 4 - Carly Pearce
January 9, 2020
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Carly Pearce was destined for a life in country music. After her debut single “Every Little Thing” reached #1 and put her in the rare company of only three women in the last decade to have accomplished that feat, Pearce is now in the vanguard of top women in country music. We spoke with her on the eve of the 2019 ASCAP Country Music Awards in Nashville, where she celebrated the success of her single "Hide the Wine" onstage, alongside collaborators Ashley Gorley and Hillary Lindsey. Pearce talked to ASCAP’s Beth Brinker about her long journey to “overnight” success, her career challenges and triumphs, how she stays mentally and physically fit and her highly anticipated new album, coming out this Valentine's Day. Beth also offers #SoundAdvice on how and why you should join ASCAP as both a writer and a publisher.
EP. 4 FEATURED INTERVIEW: CARLY PEARCE
Carly Pearce’s kind of country transcends the moment. Fiercely rooted in the classics, the girl who left her Kentucky home and high school at 16 to take a job at Dollywood has grown into a woman who embraces the genre’s forward progression. Defying odds, her #1 debut “Every Little Thing” designated Carly as the highest-charting solo female debut since July 2015 and one of only three women to accomplish the feat the last decade. Her PLATINUM-certified, blockbuster ballad steered a chart-topping trifecta on SiriusXM’s The Highway as “If My Name Was Whiskey” and “Hide the Wine” followed. Beyond her 2019 CMA Awards New Artist of the Year, iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Country Artist, ACM Awards New Female Artist of the Year, CMT Music Awards Female Video of the Year nominations, the diversity of Carly’s connection saw her win CMT Music Awards’ Breakthrough Video of the Year and Radio Disney Music Award for The Freshest! – Radio Disney Country Best New Artist. A loyal advocate of country music’s legacy and future, it’s no surprise an institution like the Grand Ole Opry has invited her for more than 75 performances since her debut while the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum® partnered on Unbroken Circle: Exploring Country Music History with Carly Pearce, connecting the genre’s eras. Adding slots on major tours with Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean, Carly has become “Country’s ‘it’ girl” (ABC Radio) while in pursuit of her childhood dream. Her eagerly anticipated sophomore album, CARLY PEARCE, is slated for Valentine’s Day (2/14/20) on Big Machine Records with E! News and CMT already touting the release. Working again – and unknowingly, for the last time – with busbee, the pair maintained her roots and his contemporary sense. The down-to-earth female vocalist has quickly carved out her own highly honest, emotionally-compelling place in a very pop-country world. Carly seeks to maintain the feel good without surrendering the get real, evident on “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” a duet with Lee Brice she penned alongside Luke Combs, Jonathan Singleton and Randy Montana.
Nashville Membership Associate Director Beth Brinker maintains ASCAP’s relationships with high-profile country songwriters and artists, and plays a major role in the ongoing success of monthly showcases and workshops. She coordinates ASCAP’s involvement in events such as the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, Luck Reunion, CMA Music Festival, Folk Alliance International and more. Prior to ASCAP, Beth worked in publishing and held roles as on-air talent with Spike TV, Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour, The Marty Stuart Show, and stints at GAC-TV and RFD-TV.