‘The Voice’: Carly Pearce Talks Singing in Front of Kelly Clarkson on Debut Performance

by Jacklyn Krol

Carly Pearce and Kelly Clarkson shared a special moment on The Voice.

On December 7, Pearce performed on The Voice Season 21 semifinals episode. Host Carson Daly introduced her performance. She gave a stunning rendition of her title track “29” alongside a living room production. Following her performance, the four coaches gave her a standing ovation. But one coach was feeling the song more than the others.

On the Christmas episode of Hillary Scott’s Country Faith Radio on Apple Music Country podcast, Pearce spoke candidly about the special moment. Pearce told the Lady A singer that she wasn’t sure if Clarkson would listen to the lyrics of her song. The song tells the story of Pearce’s divorce from Michael Ray. They broke up after eight months of marriage. During the same time, Clarkson filed for divorce from her husband, Brandon Blackstock, after seven years of marriage.

Pearce noted that she believes only a few people truly understood her situation with being in the public eye and going through something so personal. But Clarkson would be one of those select people that could relate. Pearce revealed that she and Clarkson locked eyes quite a few times during her performance. She even had to look elsewhere because Clarkson was paying attention to the lyrics. After she got off stage, Clarkson greeted her and gave her a hug. The American Idol alum told her that they needed to chat.

‘The Voice’ Winner and Their Family Struggle

The Voice crowned their latest champion, family trio Girl Named Tom. While most winners take media interviews and spend time in Los Angeles, the brothers and sister had to fly home. Their father has been battling cancer; they revealed this during The Battle Rounds. They even performed Glen Campbell’s hit song, “Wichita Lineman,” which was inspired by Campbell’s own tough time.

The  Liechty family released statements both before and after their wins. They explained that no matter the outcome that they would fly home to Ohio to see their father. He was experiencing extreme pain following his latest surgery. But in true father fashion, he wanted them to relish in the win and not come home.

“We cannot wait to finally be in the same room. No matter the result on Tuesday night, we will be flying back to them as soon as possible,” they said.

Josh, Caleb, and Bekah added, “Some might think that this is the worst timing – our father taking such a downward spiral at the exact moment of our success on national TV. In truth, we feel fortunate and blessed by his joyful distraction. The Voice has given our family opportunities to connect, reflect, and marvel at the love we have for each other.”

Girl Named Tom made history as the first trio to win The Voice, congrats to them and coach Kelly Clarkson.