In a recent Tweet, Carly Pearce shared a video of what looks like a four-page spread in “People” Magazine. She shared her excitement with her fans, picking up the magazine for the first time. “Kinda surreal to see this and buy this today,” she told the Twittersphere. “Thank you People for sharing my truth– I hope it helps anyone who needs to hear it.”
The feature titled “Surviving Heartbreak and Finding Strength” likely discussed a few recent events in her life. On June 22, People broke the news that Carly Pearce and her husband, Michael Ray were calling it quits. After only eight months of marriage, Pearce filed for divorce.
“This was a hard decision. It wasn’t something she wanted to have to do,” a source told People. “This hasn’t been a quarantine realization — it was a last resort.”
The other tragic event of Pearce’s life happened in September of last year when her long-time friend and mentor, Busbee, died of brain cancer. He had lived only 43 years when he passed away, and the blow to Pearce was a hard one. Busbee produced both of Carly Pearce’s first two albums. His west coast pop background really rubbed off on her, influencing the pop-infused sound of her number one hit song, “Every Little Thing.”
Carly Pearce Finds Success in the Face of Adversity
Pearce’s story is truly inspiring. Despite the divorce and the tragic death of her mentor, Carly Pearce has turned out one of the best musical years of her life. After Busbee’s death, Pearce returned to more of a pure country sound, the same sound that inspired her in the first place.
“I think it’s ultimately the music that I always wanted to make,” Pearce said. “The nineties was where my heart was when I first moved to town.”
The return to that sound certainly worked out for her. In the 2020 CMA Awards, Carly Pearce received nominations for four awards, winning one of them. The Country Music Association nominated her for the New Artist, Song, and Music Video of the Year Award, and won the Musical Event of the Year Award.