The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year was on hand to perform her latest single, “What He Didn’t Do.” Sporting a fuchsia fringe dress and white cowboy boots, Pearce confidently performed the heartbreak anthem while backed by her band.
“What He Didn’t Do” is featured on Pearce’s latest album, 29: Written In Stone. The fan-favorite track was co-written by Pearce, Ashley Gorley and Emily Shackleton.
The deeply personal tune finds the songstress detailing everything her ex didn’t do throughout the relationship, rather than revealing what he officially did to end things.
“So I ain’t gonna go and tell you what he did/ But I’ll tell you what he didn’t do/ / Treat me right, put me first, be a man of his word/ Stay home ’cause he wanted to/ always fight for my love, hold on tight like it’s something/ That he couldn’t stand to lose/ The devil’s in the details, I won’t tell the hell that he put me through/ All I know is in the end, it wasn’t what he did, no/ It was what he didn’t do,” she sings.
“What He Didn’t Do” was the most-added song at country radio upon its official add date in mid-June.
Upon hearing the news, Pearce shared, “What a special day!!! THANK YOU to my country radio family for supporting this song that I love so much. #1 MOST ADDED!!!!”
As the song continues to climb the charts at country radio, Pearce shared a clip of fans singing every lyric back to her at the top of their lungs. The moment made the songstress quite emotional.
“ARE YOU KIDDING ME? This song just went to radio & y’all sing it like this?! I couldn’t even sing through all the tears,” she shared.
“I wrote ‘What He Didn’t Do’ at the end of 2020 with Ashley Gorley and Emily Shackleton. And it was actually the second song that we wrote in the day, which sometimes that’s the one that really hits,” Pearce recalled. “And I remember driving away and thinking, wow, I think this song is special. And again, I did what I always do, and I go test out songs against my team’s will, and went and was playing a writer’s round in Nashville, and played this song.”
When a video of her performance hit the internet, it was clear that she had a hit on her hands.
“And from that moment – somebody put this video up on YouTube – and I’ve never had a song that just organically, socially, people ask for it in everything I do, whether it’s online or in a tweet or in a DM or if I’m doing an interview, or radio stations have asked about it. And people may think that I write too much of my story, but for me that’s my duty. And I feel like when I am writing my story I am writing other people’s story, and this song proves it.”
Pearce is gearing up to host the 15th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors (ACM Honors).
ACM Honors will recognize several special honorees, including ACM Triple Crown Award recipient Miranda Lambert, ACM Spirit Award recipient Chris Stapleton, ACM Poet’s Award recipient Shania Twain, ACM Milestone Award recipient Morgan Wallen and ACM Film Award recipient Yellowstone.
The event will be held on Wednesday, August 24, at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. It will later air on Fox on Tuesday, September 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
Pearce is currently on tour with Kenny Chesney and will embark on a headlining European tour this fall.