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NASHVILLE, TN / PITTSBURGH, PA (June 16, 2022) – It was like something from The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night.” Locked in for all dates on Kenny Chesney’s wildly successful HERE AND NOW 2022 Tour, for record-breaking stadium shows and amphitheaters, the ACM and CMA Awards Female Artist/Vocalist of the Year’s commitment to the fans saw Pearce roll straight offstage from their nightly “You & Tequila” duet at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH to Nashville for a non-stop CMA Fest experience!
Appearing on the CMA Close Up Stage for a brief performance and interview with revered journalist Marissa Moss, she then hit the Big Machine Store & Distillery for a fan Q&A before jetting over to SiriusXM’s Happy Hour at Margaritaville. Next up, the impossibly chic Noelle hosted Carly’s Closet pop-up store to benefit the Music Health Alliance. With items from Opry appearances, her “Next Girl” music video, and even the pink shoes Pearce wore when she won her very first ACM Award, she humbly greeted fans as they purchased accessories, dresses and other articles worn during significant milestones. Several bursting into tears as they shared their own stories, Pearce hugged and posed for pictures during the special afternoon. WithTalkShopLive providing an online opportunity for fans not in Nashville, Pearce raised $10,356 dollars for the Music Health Alliance, which fills in gaps and solves healthcare-related issues for the people who make music happen.
“I wanted to keep the prices to where people could buy the things and not be afraid to wear them,” Pearce said. “But I also wanted those shoes, clothes and things that were part of my journey to create something more. Music Health Alliance has changed the fate of so many people onstage and behind the scenes, who better to give back to?”
“Carly Pearce has been one of classic country music’s strongest allies, from the Opry to the Hall of Fame,” says Music Health Alliance Founder & CEO TATUM ALLSEP. “But her commitment to the people who make the music, their health and ability to care for their loved ones makes us even prouder to call her our ally, because it’s artists like Carly who make Music Health Alliance strong.”
As celebrations and memories piled on throughout the day, the biggest moment for the recent Grand Ole Opry inductee and Kentucky Music Hall of Fame electee was to come with her own fan experience at Nissan Stadium. For a girl who left home at 16 to pursue her Country music dream, Pearce was elated to invite fellow Kentuckian Wynonna to the stage for an unannounced performance of “Why Not Me?” Clad in a pink mini dress, Pearce told the sold-out crowd how much the iconic vocalist meant to hear – and then Judd emerged from the wings for a performance picked up around the world.
“Wynonna freaking Judd!” Pearce marveled. “If you’d told my little 12-, 13-year old self that one day I’d stand onstage with one of the sheroes of my childhood and sing one of The Judds songs with her, I’d’ve fallen over. I mean, not only is she one of the greatest singers who ever lived, but those songs!”
Pearce finished and boarded her tour bus, racing to make her load-in for at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field.
Having performed “What He Didn’t Do” during the set, telling the 53,000+ fans her song was going to radio on Monday, her latest slice of truth ended up being the week’s #1 Most Added song at stations nationwide. With her third No. 1 “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” recently topping the charts, Country radio’s response after such a whirlwind weekend moved her.
“There’s real hope in seeing the things you deserve,” Pearce said. “We all need these reminders. It’s why I wanted this to be the last single from 29: Written in Stone. But for country radio to embrace it this way, I am so grateful for their support – and recognizing what this emotion means to people listening.”