Carly Pearce

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Carly Pearce
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Carly Pearce at CMA Fest 2017
Background information
Birth nameCarly Cristyne Slusser
Born (1990-04-24) April 24, 1990 (age 29)
Taylor Mill, Kentucky, U.S.
OriginNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresCountry, Bluegrass
Years active2016–present
LabelsBig Machine

Carly Cristyne Slusser[1] (born April 24, 1990), known as Carly Pearce, is an American country music singer based in Nashville. Her debut single, "Every Little Thing", peaked at number one on the US Country Airplay chart.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Pearce was born in Taylor Mill, Kentucky.[3] Her parents are Todd and Jackie Slusser.[4] She dropped out of school when she was 16 and moved to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee[5] in order to perform at Dollywood five times a week, in addition to contributing to bluegrass music compilation albums.[3] She moved to Nashville, Tennessee when she was 19.[6] She signed a developmental deal with Sony Music Nashville in 2012, which was ultimately unsuccessful.[5]

In 2016, she was a featured vocalist on Josh Abbott Band's "Wasn't That Drunk", which peaked in the top 40 of the Billboard Country Airplay chart.[3] Pearce also toured with the band to perform the song, including a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live![5]

The song's success led to her working with songwriter and producer busbee on her solo debut single "Every Little Thing". After this song received airplay on Sirius XM's "The Highway" channel, Pearce gained a contract with Big Machine Records, which released the single to country radio on February 22, 2017.[6] It went on to become a Number One hit on the Billboard Country Airplay charts. On October 13, 2017, her debut studio album, Every Little Thing, was released. "Hide the Wine" was released as its second single and reached the top 20 of the Country Airplay chart.

On June 13, 2018, she made her 50th appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.[7]

Pearce released "Closer to You" in November 2018 as the intended lead-off single to her second studio album,[8] which peaked in the top 30 of the Country Airplay chart. In October 2019, Pearce released a duet with Lee Brice titled "I Hope You're Happy Now" as the follow-up.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2018, Pearce confirmed that she was dating fellow country singer Michael Ray.[10] They became engaged on December 19, 2018.[11] The two were married on October 6, 2019 near Nashville, Tennessee.[12]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
Every Little Thing 4 32 77
Carly Pearce
  • Scheduled: February 14, 2020
  • Label: Big Machine
To be released


Year Single Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
US Country
US Country Airplay
CAN Country
2017 "Every Little Thing" 5 1 50 1 Every Little Thing
"Hide the Wine" 21 13 [A] 13
2018 "Closer to You" 33 28 43 Carly Pearce
2019 "I Hope You're Happy Now" (with Lee Brice)[9] 19 21 93 38
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ "Hide the Wine" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number seven on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[24]

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart positions Album
US Country
US Country Airplay
2016 "Wasn't That Drunk" Josh Abbott Band 46 37 Front Row Seat

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2016 "Wasn't That Drunk" (Version 1)
(with Josh Abbott Band)
Zack Morris
"Wasn't That Drunk" (Version 2)
(with Josh Abbott Band)
Evan Kaufmann
2017 "Every Little Thing" Patrick Tracy[27]
2018 "Hide the Wine" Shaun Silva
2019 "Closer to You" Mason Dixon/Roman White
"I Hope You're Happy Now"
(with Lee Brice)
Sam Siske[28]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref
2018 ACM Awards New Female Vocalist of the Year Carly Pearce Nominated [29]
CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year "Every Little Thing" Won [30]
Female Video of the Year Nominated
2019 ACM Awards New Female Vocalist of the Year Carly Pearce Nominated [31]
CMT Music Awards Female Video of the Year "Closer to You" Nominated [32]
CMA Awards New Artist of the Year Carly Pearce Nominated





  1. ^ "Since I'm 25 today, I'll be posting 25 things you may not know about me throughout the day! First, my middle name is Cristyne #cpis25". Facebook. April 24, 2015.
  2. ^ Dauphin, Chuck. "Carly Pearce Talks Breakout Hit 'Every Little Thing' and Ensuing Tour: 'I'm Living in a Dream'". Billboard. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Deming, Mark. "Carly Pearce biography". Allmusic. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Reinert, Melissa (April 6, 2015). "Taylor Mill native living her dream in Nashville". Cincinnati. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Burchard, Jeremy. "How Carly Pearce Went from Teen Dollywood Singer to Budding Country Star". Wide Open Country. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Casey, Jim (February 17, 2017). "'Every Little Thing' Singer Carly Pearce Shares 10 Little Things That Shaped Her Into Who She Is Today". Nash Country Daily. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
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  8. ^ Casey, Jim (November 5, 2018). "Listen to Carly Pearce's Spirited New Single, "Closer to You"". Nash Country Daily. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Jim Casey (September 27, 2019). "Carly Pearce and Lee Brice Team Up for Powerful New Single, "I Hope You're Happy Now" [Listen]". Nash Country Daily. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  10. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (July 19, 2018). "Carly Pearce and Michael Ray Confirm They're Dating". Taste of Country. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  11. ^ Stecker, Liv (December 22, 2018). "Carly Pearce and Michael Ray Are Engaged!". The Boot. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  12. ^ Kruh, Nancy (October 6, 2019). "They're Married! Michael Ray and Carly Pearce Tie the Knot in 'Whimsical' Wedding — All the Details". People. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  13. ^ "Carly Pearce Chart History – Top Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  14. ^ "Carly Pearce Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  15. ^ "Carly Pearce Chart History – Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  16. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 14, 2018). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: November 14, 2019". Roughstock. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Carly Pearce Chart History – Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  18. ^ a b "Carly Pearce Chart History – Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  19. ^ "Carly Pearce Chart History – Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  20. ^ "Carly Pearce Chart History – Canada Country". Billboard. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  21. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 13, 2018). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Chart: November 13, 2018". RoughStock. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  22. ^ "American single certifications – Carly Pearce – Every Little Thing". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  23. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Carly Pearce – Every Little Thing". Music Canada.
  24. ^ "Carly Pearce Chart History: Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  25. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 31, 2018). "TOP 30 Digital Country Tracks Chart: October 31, 2018". RoughStock. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  26. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 7, 2020). "Top 30 Digital Country Songs Chart: January 7, 2020". Rough Stock. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  27. ^ Stephens, Samantha (March 6, 2017). "Carly Pearce Recalls "Every Little Thing"". CMT. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  28. ^ Craig Shelburne (December 3, 2019). "This "I Hope You're Happy Now" Video Made Carly Pearce Cry". CMT. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  29. ^ "ACM Awards: Nominees". Academy of Country Music. Academy of Country Music. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  30. ^ "2018 CMT Music Awards: The Winners". Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  31. ^ "ACM Awards 2019: Full list of nominees". CBS News. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  32. ^ Freeman, Jon (June 6, 2019). "2019 CMT Music Awards: The Complete Winners List". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  33. ^ Reuter, Annie. "Carly Pearce Plots 2019 Co-Headlining Tour With Russell Dickerson". Taste of Country. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  34. ^ McDonald, Teddy. "Carly Pearce On Tour Mate Brett Young: We're A Good Package Deal". WKML 95.7 Today's Country. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  35. ^ Thompson, Gayle. "Carly Pearce Wraps Up Back to Us Tour With Rascal Flatts". Pop Culture Country. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  36. ^ Casey, Jim. "Luke Bryan Extends His "What Makes You Country Tour" With Jon Pardi, Morgan Wallen, Carly Pearce & More". Nash Country Daily. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  37. ^ "C2C 2019 – Full London lineup plus Aftershow parties announced and who we think you really won't want to miss seeing in March!". January 30, 2019.