Carly Pearce is poised to do big things, and this performance at the Grand Ole Opry proves it. The Kentucky native sang her song “Things Change” to a rousing reception back in March. And viewers quickly found some great company to place her in.
“Beautiful! She kind of sounds like Martina McBride,” one YouTube commenter says. “I’m in love with her beautiful voice,” says another.
“Things Change” is a melancholy ode to the ever-changing nature of the world we live in. In the first verse, Pearce sings of how an old one lane road by her house is now four. “And where my front yard used to be is just a stop for gasoline,” she laments. “Things change.”
And of course, that hook comes back to the old reliable saying. “I swear the only thing that stays the same is things change,” Pearce sings. Then she transitions to talk of her best friend who now has a kid. And that kid is already getting older.
Watch the emotional, pitch-perfect Carly Pearce Opry performance below.
Pearce moved to Nashville in 2009 after spending her teenage years singing at Dollywood. She sang a feature part on Josh Abbott’s recent tune “Wasn’t That Drunk,” which reached No. 37 on the Country Airplay chart.
She also has experience as a backup singer for Lucy Hale, and has shared the stage with artists like Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Gary Allan. CMT announced her as one of their “Next Women of Country” for 2016.
Carly then released her own single, “Every Little Thing” later in the year. That tune eventually climbed all the way to No. 1 on SiriusXM’s “The Highway” station. At one point, Pearce was selling 4,000 downloads of the song per week.
Pearce also appeared alongside Abbott on several notable TV performances and even opened for artists such as Kelsea Ballerini. Earlier this week, she announced a record deal with Big Machine Label Group.