Carly Pearce; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA
Carly Pearce; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA

Carly Pearce Vows To Move Past Heartbreak On New Album: “I Just Don’t Think I Can Be 29 & Divorced Forever”

Grand Ole Opry member Carly Pearce is about to close the 29 chapter of her career, with two shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on October 26 and 27.

“That’ll be kind of my last hurrah of the year,” Pearce tells Everything Nash. “And it feels a little bit like I’m getting to end my 29 journey — obviously, I’ll be singing these songs until I’m dead — but just as a whole album, as a cycle of life, I’m getting to end it on such a prestigious event. So it feels really awesome.”

Pearce released her album 29: Written In Stone in February of 2021, which detailed the heartbreak she experienced following her divorce from Michael Ray.

“I just don’t think I can be 29 and divorced forever,” she says, revealing that she is already writing for her next project. “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.”

Now, the 32 year-old “What He Didn’t Do” singer is working on new music and focusing on the joy of her new love, boyfriend Riley King. She hinted at what fans can expect to hear on her 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.”

In a separate interview with Taste Of Country, Pearce admitted that the upcoming project will be “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 tells 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,” Pearce adds, “and I think fans will meet me there.”

Although the chapter of her 29 album is coming to a close, Pearce is continuing to earn accolades for her vulnerable collection of songs. She will be celebrated as a CMT Artist of the Year honoree during the 2022 awards special, which will air on Friday, October 14 at 9/8c on CMT.

Sharing the announcement on Instagram, Pearce expressed her gratitude for the recognition.

“The last year of my life has been something out of a country music fairy tale. All of the dreams I’ve had since I was a little girl have made their way to my reality. Thank you, @CMT, for naming me one of their Artists of the Year. What a year it’s been for a girl who always wanted to sing country music 🥲♥️”

The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year is also nominated for five CMA Awards this year, including Single of the Year, Song of the Year, Musical Event of the Year, Music Video of the Year, and Female Vocalist of the Year. The CMA Awards air Wednesday, November 9 at 8/7c on ABC.

Pearce already has big plans for 2023, when she’ll be opening for Blake Shelton on his Back to the Honky Tonk Tour. You can find tour dates and more at

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