Carly Pearce, Photo by Andrew Wendowski; Loretta Lynn, Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for Americana Music
Carly Pearce, Photo by Andrew Wendowski; Loretta Lynn, Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for Americana Music

Carly Pearce Reveals Loretta Lynn’s Reaction To Her Song “Dear Miss Loretta”

Carly Pearce revealed Loretta Lynn’s reaction to her song, “Dear Miss Loretta,” which honors the country singer in a recent interview with radio hosts, Big D and Bubba.

After Big D and Bubba praised the song as “fantastic,” Pearce shared how the song came to be and whether its namesake had ever heard it.

“That song is funny to me, I don’t really get to share this story very often, but I wrote that song over Zoom during my divorce,” Pearce said in the interview. “And, um, wrote it with Brandy Clark, and I was like, ‘wow, this is such a great song, it is so country, like, it’ll never see the light of day, cool.’ And then I just got like a wild hair to sing it on the Opry one night, and it like, kind of became the next phase of writing the second half of 29: Written In Stone. So it’s just funny, and then to get to sing it with Patty [Loveless], who is one of the greatest vocalists of all time in our genre,” she gushed.

Much to Big D and Bubba’s disappointment, Pearce revealed that “Dear Miss Loretta” will not be the next single from her third studio album, 29: Written In Stone. However, she did share that Lynn has heard the song and called her to tell her what she thought of it.

“I got a voice text. My manager sent me a message and he said, ‘are you sitting down?’ and I was like, ‘okay, this is either going to be good or bad,’ and then I just got a voice memo, like a recording, and I clicked on it, and it was Loretta [Lynn],” Pearce explained.

“She was like, ‘hey Carly.’ I wish I had my phone because I would play it for you. And she’s like, ‘Hey Carly, I’m just in the bed. I need to get up and wash my face but I don’t know, I’m not gonna see anybody so I don’t know that it matters, anyway…,’ I’m not kidding, it reminded me, of like my grandmother, who really was a coal miner’s daughter–that’s not just for the song–she used to talk in real time like that, so it just made me laugh so much, but she was like, ‘I love your song. I love you. Come and see me sometime,’ Pearce shared, adding that she needs to take Lynn up on her offer and go see her.

Pearce debuted her song, “Dear Miss Loretta” at the Grand Ole Opry back in March 2021.

She hasn’t been shy about her love for the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” singer at all, crediting her grandmother with introducing her to Lynn’s music. In addition, Pearce said that listening to Lynn’s music has given her the “courage to write [her truth].”

Pearce released her EP, 29, before turning the work into her full-length album, 29: Written In Stone. She has received a variety of accolades since embarking on the 29 chapter of her career, including being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry as well as winning the 2021 CMA for Female Vocalist of the Year and the 2022 ACM for Female Artist of the Year.

Pearce also recently claimed the honor of having the No.1 song at country radio with her Ashley McBryde collaboration, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” which also appears on 29: Written In Stone.

Pearce is currently serving as support on Kenny Chesney’s Here And Now tour and just sent her new single “What He Didn’t Do” to Country radio.

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