Carly Pearce’s “Country Music Dreams” Come True As She Celebrates Major Opry Milestone

Pearce’s 100th performance at the Grand Ole Opry was full of special guests and memorable moments.


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Posted on April 12, 2023

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Carly Pearce; Photo by Alexa Campbell

Carly Pearce notched another career milestone on Tuesday evening (April 11) as she delivered her 100th performance on the iconic Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville, Tennessee.

The country hitmaker celebrated the monumental evening with a star-studded performance that concluded the evening and included some of her longtime friends and special guests, including Ashley McBryde, Ricky Skaggs, The Isaacs, and Charles Kelley.

Ashley McBryde & Ricky Skaggs Performed With Pearce

McBryde was on hand to join Pearce for a performance of their GRAMMY award-winning duet, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” while fellow Kentucky native Skaggs – who inducted Pearce into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame last year – performed a rendition of Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”

Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde; Photo by Alexa Campbell
Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde; Photo by Alexa Campbell
Carly Pearce, Ricky Skaggs; Photo by Alexa Campbell
Carly Pearce, Ricky Skaggs; Photo by Alexa Campbell

The Isaacs’ Performed “Easy Going” With Pearce

The Isaacs’ Ben and Sonja Isaacs teamed up with Pearce for a performance of “Easy Going,” a tune from the reigning ACM Female Artist Of The Year’s latest album, 29: Written In Stone.

Carly Pearce, The Issacs; Photo by Alexa Campbell
Carly Pearce, The Issacs; Photo by Alexa Campbell

Charles Kelley Filled In For Lee Brice For “I Hope You’re Happy Now”

Lady A’s Charles Kelley joined Carly Pearce for an epic performance of “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” the 3X Platinum, chart-topping hit that originally features Lee Brice. Kelley and Pearce first performed the tune together at the 54th Annual CMA Awards in November of 2020.

Carly Pearce, Charles Kelley; Photo by Alexa Campbell
Carly Pearce, Charles Kelley; Photo by Alexa Campbell

The GRAMMY-winning superstar also delivered a stunning performance of her fourth No. 1 hit, “What He Didn’t Do,” a tune that was co-written by Pearce alongside Ashley Gorley and Emily Shackleton. The tune, which appears on her 2021 project, 29: Written In Stone, hit the No. 1 spot on the Mediabase Country Airplay chart in late March of 2023.

Surprised With Two Plaques Celebrating Her Achievements

Prior to taking to the iconic Opry stage, Pearce was surprised with multiple plaques backstage from her label, Big Machine Label Group, as well as Opry Entertainment and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Of the two plaques she received, the first commemorated the RIAA Platinum certification of “What He Didn’t Do” while the second plaque celebrated Pearce’s impressive accomplishments including her 4 ACM Awards, 3 CMA Awards, 2022 CMT honor for Artist of the Year, 4 No. 1 Country radio singles, multiple RIAA certifications, 2+ billion global streams, and more.

Celebrated Backstage With Her Parents

Pearce’s mom Jackie Slusser and dad Todd Slusser were also in attendance to celebrate their daughter’s achievements and to witness her make history with her 100th Opry performance.

“My parents devoted their lives to my country music dreams from the time I was in elementary school, always believing I could reach for the stars. So thankful they got to celebrate so many milestone moments with me last night, 🥲🤍” Pearce wrote alongside a photo of her and her parents.

Exclusive Carly Pearce Opry Merchandise

In tandem with her momentous Opry milestone, Pearce launched a personally-curated exclusive merchandise line with Opry Entertainment that included t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other giftable items that are available for purchase on Opry Entertainment websites ( and and in Opry Entertainment retail stores in Nashville, TN. To view the collection, visit

“I am also so excited to have a new merchandise line launching with the Grand Ole Opry,” Pearce previously shared in a press release. “It will forever be a huge part of my story & a huge passion in my life to continue to keep the Opry at the forefront of our genre.”

“As Carly steps into the circle for the 100th time, we are thrilled to partner with her to design this unique co-branded merchandise collection to celebrate the milestone performance. Our exclusive co-branded merchandise is specially created with the fans of Carly and the Grand Ole Opry in mind,” said Jim Decker, Opry Entertainment Vice President, retail.

Made Her Opry Debut In 2015, Became An Opry Member In 2021

Pearce made her Grand Ole Opry debut on May 15, 2015, and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry when her childhood hero, Trisha Yearwood, inducted her on August 3, 2021.

“When I made my Grand Ole Opry debut in 2015, I had hopes and dreams that I would be able to align with them in a much larger way as my career progressed,” Pearce said. “To now be at my 100th performance and to think about everything that has happened in the years that followed my debut, I am so proud to be a member of the Opry and know that they are a true partner of mine.”

Carly Pearce; Photo Courtesy of Chris Hollo/Opry
Carly Pearce; Photo Courtesy of Chris Hollo/Opry

Carly Pearce’s 100th Opry performance was filmed and will air on Opry Live via Circle Network on Saturday, April 22 at 9/8c.

Recently Wrapped Tour With Blake Shelton, Released Live Album

The Kentucky native recently wrapped up her supporting role on Blake Shelton’s Back To The Honky Tonk Tour.

Additionally, Pearce released a live version of her latest album on Friday, March 24. Produced by Pearce alongside David Clauss, 29: WRITTEN IN STONE (LIVE FROM MUSIC CITY) was filmed at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works during her intimate acoustic concert that took place in 2022.

The album features special guests including Lee Brice (“I Hope You’re Happy Now), The Isaacs (“Easy Going”), Matthew West (“Truth Be Told”), Jenee Fleenor (“29″) and Ashley McBryde (“Never Wanted To Be That Girl”).

2023 CMA Fest

Pearce will also perform at several music festivals throughout the year, including 2023 Outlaws and Legends Music Festival, Tortuga Music Festival 2023, North Carolina Azalea Fest, Country Thunder, CMA Fest and many others.

For a full list of Carly Pearce’s upcoming tour dates, visit her official website HERE.

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