Pearce mixes country and pop for strong 13 track debut
When I first heard Carly Pearce’s “Every Little Thing” on the radio, I heard an alluring voice that captured my attention. While I tend to shy away from most pop-sounding country artists, Pearce grew on me more and more as the song gained traction. It was her songbird-like voice that kept me listening and wanting more, and Every Little Thing — the album — will give country pop fans just that.
Since the album’s release on October 13th via Big Machine, Pearce has made history as the 12th woman whose debut single topped the charts — the first since Kelsea Ballerini did it with “Love Me Like You Mean It” in 2015 — and fourth woman to do so in the past fifteen years. The 26-year-old singer/songwriter is also the only solo female with a charting country debut single to achieve gold certification in 2017 with over 500,000 in consumption sales of the single alone.
From the opening number “Hide The Wine” to the fan favorite “Dare Ya,” the album is full of country pop gems. “Hide The Wine,” “If My Name Was Whiskey” and “Doin’ It Right” are among my favorites on Every Little Thing. Pearce co-wrote much of the project, but also enlisted help from Nashville heavyweight songwriters like Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, busbee and Hillary Lindsey to have a strong 13 track debut.
The production is modern with some loops, but also contains classic country instrumentation including steel guitar, dobro, banjo and mandolin. Yes, these instruments still exist and get used in modern country music and are used excessively throughout the album.
Pearce is a force to be reckon with, and, along with Ballerini, is breaking down barriers for new women in country. Currently out on Brett Young’s Caliville Tour, Pearce will join the lineup for Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville alongside Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Cheap Trick, Jonny P and the Fisk Jubilee Singers at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. In early 2018, she heads out with both Blake Shelton’s Country Music Freaks and Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes Tour. Go see her on tour and pick up Every Little Thing.