Carly Pearce Finds Inspiration For New Music From A Nightmare: “It’s Not Just Sunshine And Rainbows”

“It ended being one of my favorite songs,” Pearce said.


Christine Sellers


Posted on April 4, 2023

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Carly Pearce; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT

Now that Carly Pearce has officially closed the 29 chapter of her career, the “What He Didn’t Do” singer is back in the studio working on new music.

Pearce, who is known for writing songs based on her real-life experiences, recently shared how she found inspiration for her next project from an unlikely source: a nightmare.

Pearce revealed she wrote a song after dreaming that her boyfriend, former MLB player-turned-realtor, Riley King left her when she joined Audacy’s Katie Neal of Katie & Company on a Mar. 24 episode of Superstar Power Hour.

“I Just Had A Dream That You Left Me

Pearce prefaced the conversation by saying even though she’s happy with King, her songwriting vibe is not “sunshine and rainbows.” The 32-year-old country singer also admitted she felt pressure to top 29 when beginning work on her latest project.

“I think a lot of people think that just because I’m happy [and in] a relationship that I’m just going to come out with a bunch of love songs and that’s just not my vibe. It’s not sunshine and rainbows,” she explained.

“I felt a lot of pressure to top 29 and I was like, ‘Well, I don’t have a lot of chaos in my life right now. Things are pretty stable.’ I would look at my boyfriend sometimes and be like, ‘Can you just yell at me?,’” she joked.

“There is a song, I haven’t cut it, but I definitely will cut it. I had a dream, a very vivid dream, about my current relationship that was very negative [and] I woke up and [told my boyfriend] ‘I just had a dream that you left me and he was like, ‘That’s not a dream, that’s awful [and] I would not call that a dream… would call that a nightmare.’”

“[So] I went to this writing session, and I wrote this whole song about what if he really did leave me? It ended up being one of my favorite songs and it has elements in there that sound like him and he was like, ‘What is THIS?’ I was like, ‘Sorry, welcome to dating a songwriter,’” she said.

New Music Is Coming “Sooner Than You Think

In discussing the writing process behind her latest project, Pearce also revealed that her fans can expect to hear new music from her “sooner than [they] think.”

“You’re going to get new music sooner than you think,” the “What He Didn’t Do” singer teased. “I have to say this next single, I think I am the most excited that I’ve ever been to put out a new song.”

While Pearce hasn’t yet announced a name or release date for her next single, she did give her listeners a preview of what’s on the horizon back in November at The Listening Room Café in Nashville.

At an event dubbed “Carly Pearce & Friends,” the country singer played a new, unreleased song called, “Trust Issues,” which is inspired by her relationship with King.

To ever think I’d have trust issues / In the matter of one kiss you / Got me turning one night into / Maybe the rest of my life / I haven’t even said ‘I love you’ / But I’m thinkin’ that I want to / ‘Cause you’re making me forget whoever gave me these trust issues,” Pearce can be seen singing the chorus of the song in a video shared to YouTube.

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“You’re Gonna See This New Season Of Life For Me

Prior to teasing her unreleased song, “Trust Issues” at The Listening Room Café, Pearce said her latest project will be reflective of the current season of life she’s in.

“I just don’t think I can be 29 and divorced forever,” the country singer told Everything Nash, adding that she was hard at work on her next album.

“I’m really excited about it. I write from where I am in my life. So I think that you’re gonna see this new season of life for me, and more confidence in the kind of country music that I make, and really just waving my flag in that.”

“I think you’ll see the beauty of falling in love again, but also the hardships that come with trusting somebody again, and that push and pull of what that looks like,” she continued. “So I think it’s gonna be just, you’ll know exactly where I’m at in my life.”

Carly Pearce; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT
Carly Pearce; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT

In a separate interview with Taste of Country, Pearce described the project as “100 percent vulnerable.”

“Yes, it’s an exciting time for me with my career. My love life is flourishing and it’s wonderful. But also, life is a push and pull,” Pearce told the outlet. “Trying to love again? That’s kind of hard. Trying to navigate your life? That’s kind of hard, but also beautiful and crazy.”

“[I’m] just going into it with the mindset of being 100 percent vulnerable with where I am in my life, and I think [my] fans will meet me there,” she said.

Working on new music aside, Pearce recently performed “Just A Girl” with pop icon Gwen Stefani Sunday at the 2023 CMT Awards.

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