If you thought Carly Pearce was an overnight success, you thought wrong. The “Every Little Thing” singer has been paying her dues for the past 9 years in Nashville and giving it everything she’s got to finally get her big break and score her first No. 1 single.
Earlier this month, Carly was also chosen as one of the promising new artists to be a part of the New Faces show held during Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar. She joined fellow country artists Lauren Alaina, Michael Ray, Luke Combs and Midland to perform in front of country radio programmers from across the country.
The New Faces show—a make or break moment in each young performers career—closes out the three-day radio seminar where country’s brightest newcomers are chosen to show their stuff in front of industry gatekeepers. To say that nerves factor into the performance would be an understatement.
“As a new artist this is the show that you want to be a part of—it’s country radio’s picks for who they believe are the next phase of country music and that’s a huge honor but also comes with a lot of responsibility and nerves,” Carly tells with One Country.
Carly kicked off the show, singing four cuts off of her Every Little Thing album, including “Careless,” “If My Name Was Whiskey,” a passionate rendition of the album’s title track and her current single “Hide The Wine.”
With one of the biggest performances of a new artists career behind her, Carly set the tone for the night, proving to the crowd that the Kentucky native is the future of country music.
“My entire life I wanted to sing country music and move to Nashville and pursue this. When I was 16 I left high school. I’ve been here for nine years, I’ve done everything in my power to make this happen and it’s been a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get here,” Carly said. ” I don’t know that it’s going to feel real for a while. I think when you chase something for so long and you want it so bad and then you start to feel like maybe it’s happening, it’s really hard to believe. But it’s the best thing.”
The 27-year-old singer had such a great night, she posted a photo of her performance during the show with a caption that read, “Country radio, you changed my whole life over the last year & I will love you forever for it. Thank you for making me a “New Face” last night.”
One Country’s Kelly Sutton caught up with the rising star backstage to get her feelings on the big night.