The song, titled “Trust Issues,” was a touching surprise for fans at The Listening Room Café as Pearce shared her vulnerability from the past and gratefulness for the future with her current boyfriend, Riley King, former MLB player turned Realtor.
The event, dubbed Carly Pearce & Friends, also featured performances from Emily Shackelton, Nick Wayne and his wife Hannah Grey Ellis.
Pearce sang the verse and chorus as follows:
“Getting back to never asking / where you’re going or where you’ve been / I don’t have to be holding your hand when / some other girls around / I didn’t think twice about calling you mine / and baby it blows my mind / 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 your making me forget whoever gave me these trust issues / I look in yours eyes and it’s almost like my heart’s never been broke before / my only issue’s now that I miss you every time you walk out that door / 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 your making me forget whoever gave me these trust issues / yeah, you’re making me forget whoever gave me these trust issues.”
The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year put on a spectacular acoustic performance sporting her black cowgirl boots and stirring a laugh out of the audience with some spontaneous ad lib to the song.
“I don’t have to be holding your hand when / some other girls around,” she added, “Yes I do.”
During the show, Pearce also performed her fan-favorite tunes like “Every Little Thing,” her current single “What He Didn’t Do,” “Should’ve Known Better,” “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” “Never Wanted To Be That Girl (w/ Hannah Grey Ellis),” “Dear Miss Loretta” and more.
The couple met through mutual friends a little over a year ago. King accompanied Pearce to the 2021 CMA Awards, where he planted a kiss on the superstar after her name was called to the stage.
He posted a photo on Instagram capturing the moment.
“Your dedication and work ethic is unmatched. Grateful and fortunate to have a front row seat watching all of your dreams coming true! Incredible night at the @cma awards celebrating this babe, THE FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR!”
The song is Pearce’s first love song in quite some time as her previous record, 29: Written In Stone, was written and released in the wake of her divorce from country star Michael Ray.
She recently vowed to move past heartbreak on her new album as her “love life is flourishing,” and she can’t be “29 and divorced forever.” With new light and inspiration from King, the country star is ready to take her fans on the next part of her journey — one far from suffering and closer to joy.
The Kentucky native gave her listeners an idea of what to look forward to in the next album.
“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,” Pearce says. “So I think it’s gonna be just, you’ll know exactly where I’m at in my life.”
She admitted that her next album will be “100 percent vulnerable” in an interview with Taste of Country back in September— which was certainly displayed at her performance this weekend in Nashville as she showed off her polished songwriting skills.