People’s One to Watch Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard Country Albums Chart + No. 3 on All-Genre Emerging Artists Chart
When SiriusXM’s The Highway gave “Every Little Thing” its first spin in December 2016, Carly Pearce was cautiously optimistic after several career false starts. Now, the song she co-penned alongside producer busbee and songwriter Emily Shackleton is validating the dream Pearce has been working towards since she was just five years old. Pearce is the only solo female currently in the Top 5 at country radio as the haunting lead single soars on the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart this week while she moves up to No. 3 on Billboard’s all-genre Emerging Artists chart. Dubbed “the best country debut of 2017” (Uproxx), Every Little Thing (Big Machine Records) launched at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart while the title track reigns as the No. 1 selling country song for the past last week, according to Nielsen.
Last week People’s Ones To Watch “new voice of country” spent a packed 72 hours in NYC that included, performing the blockbuster ballad on NBC’s Today Show, chatting with The Bachelorette (Season 11) for Podcast One’s Off The Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe, going live on The Morning Breath with hosts Jackie and Claudia Oshry before jetting off to Toronto to continue promoting her widely-acclaimed new tunes. A mere 24 hours later she was back in Nashville singing for her 45th time at the Grand Ole Opry.
Taking the newfound success in stride, Pearce reflected on her journey telling the New York Post, “I worked at a mall, I cleaned Airbnbs. I learned humility — and that you’re never guaranteed anything.” The Kentucky native honed her traditional vocal stylings touring with Bluegrass band at age 11, leaving high school at 16 to perform six shows a day in the country show at Dollywood and has spent the last eight years in Nashville making ends meet between writers’ rounds and recording.
Already scoring a three-week No. 1 on SiriusXM’s The Highway with “Every Little Thing,” Pearce recently earned her second chart-topper on the platform with “If My Name Was Whiskey.” Her present standing at terrestrial radio solidifies Pearce as one of only four women to crack the Top 10 in the format this year. Additionally, she was previously selected for iHeart On The Verge and as Cox Media’s first Plugged In artist. The momentum has resulted in over 10,000 downloads each week and excess of 30 million on-demand streams to date.
Pearce is on the road providing direct support for Brett Young’s Caliville Tour with dates already sold-out throughout the fall. She has also been tapped for Country Rising: Downtown Jam benefit concert at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater on November 12th as well as 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.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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