For the first time in her country music career, Carly Pearce is in the running for the best female vocalist of the year at the 55th annual Country Music Association awards. Apart from snatching one of the top awards of the night, she is also set to possibly walk home with another major award.
Northern Kentucky Native Carly Pearce Receives 2 CMA Nominations
Pearce, who is a native of Taylor Mill, seven miles outside of Covington, was among the nominees announced on Thursday. She is nominated for the Female Vocalist of the Year alongside Gabby Barrett, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde and Maren Morris.
Her album “29” is also in the running for Album of the Year, competing with records from the likes of Morgan Wallen, Eric Church, Brothers Osborne and Chris Stapleton.
The country singer-songwriter was recently honored in her hometown, where the Mayor, Dan Bell, declared September 2 Carly Pearce day in Taylor Mill. Her contributions to country music also earned her recognition from her hometown, where natives gathered to celebrate her success and to appreciate her for representing her small town.
In addition to getting her very own special day in her native town, she received a key to the city, a plaque that proclaims her commission as a Kentucky Colonel, and a welcome sign that is set to be installed in the northern part of the city with her name on it.
Accepting the honors and thanking her hometown for it, she remembered when she was a little girl growing up in its streets, how she had this dream to be a country star, and her journey to actually getting where she is right now.
Carly Pearce’s Past CMA History
The “29” singer was nominated for New Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Musical Event of the Year, which she won with Lee Brice for “I Hope You’re Happy Now” at the 2020 CMA.
Pearce was able to convince her parents at the age of 16 to let her leave home to perform at Dollywood in Tennessee. Following her climb to the top of the charts, she gave an interview sharing her journey to fame with WCPO Cincinnati.
To date, Carly Pearce has performed at the Grand Ole Opry venue for over 85 times. In June 2021, she was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry, and was officially inducted as a member on Aug. 3.
Carly Pearce’s songs have always focused on visual storytelling and she has drawn insights from her personal life in writing most of her songs. Most of the songs from her album “29” are inspired by her brief marriage and divorce from fellow country singer Michael Ray.
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