The lyrics of "Dear Miss Loretta" tell Pearce's fellow Kentucky native that "Your songs were all fun 'til I lived them myself ... Now I know why you sing that way."
Pearce sings that while she's not a coal miner's daughter, "my grandmother was" and "I've sung it all my life."
The trying times that inform Pearce's recent EP, 29, also brought more meaning to the Lynn songs she's heard since childhood.
"My grandma introduced to me to her music when I was a little girl, and made sure I understood that if I was going to sing country music being from Kentucky-- I had to know the importance of Miss Loretta Lynn," Pearce wrote on Instagram. "I've always loved her, but it wasn't until the last year that I really FELT what she's sang about all these years-- and just how much we really do have in common."
Lynn since Tweeted that she loves the song and hopes to someday collaborate with Pearce.
Wow! @carlypearce this song means the world to me and you sang it on my favorite stage in the world @opry . I loved it and I love you! Maybe one of these days we can sing one together! #girlpower #westicktogether #fromtheheart #thankyou https://t.co/cCWkL5Uvxj
— Loretta Lynn (@LorettaLynn) March 23, 2021
Lynn's 46th career studio album, Still Woman Enough, was released the day before Pearce debuted "Dear Miss Loretta." It teams the country music icon with four women she inspired: Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Tanya Tucker and Margo Price.
Pearce and Lee Brice's hit duet "I Hope You're Happy Now" is up for Single of the Year and Musical Event of the Year at the 2021 ACM Awards, which air Sun., April 18 on CBS. The "Next Girl" singer will also vie for Female Artist of the Year against Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde and Maren Morris.
It'll be the second time in a row that Nashville hosts the ceremony.