Hailing from the bluegrass state of Kentucky, Carly Pearce set up camp in Nashville seven short years ago to pursue a dream in music. The country singer has worked relentlessly to amp her career step by step, and it seems now is her time to shine with the release of her song, “Every Little Thing.”
While Pearce admits that every time she enters the studio, she sticks to being true to herself in her sound and lyric, she has never felt an emotional connection as strong as to the one with her latest release. Revolved around a critical breakup that shook her whole world down, Pearce decided to let vulnerability take the lead throughout the project in order to mirror the heartbreak she was fighting every day to cope with.
“‘As a songwriter, you write all different kinds of songs, but this one came from I lost what I call ‘the big love’ and this was more like therapy of wanting to write something super real, kind of like a snapshot of what I was feeling in the moment, feeling like I couldn’t take another breath. Because when you’re in those moments, you can’t let your heart get over something faster than it can. I had to deal with that, and I think when people lose a heartbreak and this is why it’s translating so much. It is that uncomfortable desperation of just feeling like you’ve lost something so big. That is exactly what ‘Every Little Thing’ was for me is just losing that love that in the moment you don’t think you can live without,” she said during an exclusive phone interview with Sounds Like Nashville.
Keeping with the authenticity to her feelings, Pearce wanted the sound of the track to match that of the music she surrounded herself with throughout her Southern upbringing.
“I think what makes this tracking that Busbee [her producer] did is it’s almost uncomfortably stripped-down and I think in those moments, you’re left with the silence and I kinda wanted the space of the song to just carry the vocal,” Pearce added. “So we went in knowing that we wanted to do something a little bit haunting and also pay tribute to my background, which was a lot of bluegrass with the Dobro and the three-part harmonies. But it feels like the ghost is there. I don’t even know how to explain that, but just how bare the track is.”
Pearce knew that putting such a solid voice to a universal topic would not be an easy task, but thanks to the eclectic influences that embody the sound she strives toward, everyone who is anyone gave the country artist a shoutout in their own rights. People like Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves and Cam all expressed their love of her song, which validated the fear of putting Pearce’s heart on the line for the sake of her sound.
Ultimately though, Pearce just wants her music—whether it be “Every Little Thing” or future recordings—to project the empowerment within female country voices, inspired by the women in country back during the early 2000s.
“I just feel like I’m trying to make…I love country music and I’m just really trying to be a country singer and do country music, if that makes sense,” she said to SLN. “Not really trying to step out and be anything crazy. I just, I feel like there’s a void for just the female voice with that character tone to their voice that’s still so traditional to country and there’s no questioning that I’m a country singer.”
“Every Little Thing” is available for purchase through digital music retailers now.
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