Carly Pearce opens up about friendship with Kelsea Ballerini: ‘We’ve been through a lot separately’

Carly Pearce is thankful for her friendship with fellow singer Kelsea Ballerini.

During an interview with Fox News Digital, Pearce described how the two met before breaking into the country music industry almost “six or seven years ago, in some sort of artist therapy group”. Pearce is happy that they were able to keep their friendship even after Ballerini found success, saying “she was really good to me when she got a jump start in her career” before Pearce did.

“We’ve just seen a lot of different phases of each other’s lives and stayed close, and I think it was nice to just walk beside her since we’re both two of the females in this crazy business,” Pearce said.

“We’ve been through a lot separately but have been there for each other and just continue to go through a lot of the same life experiences, good or bad,” added Pearce, who filed for divorce from Michael Ray in 2020. Ballerini and husband Morgan Evans split earlier this year after five years of marriage.


Carly Pearce, left, said it was fun growing in the business with friend Kelsea Ballerini.

Carly Pearce, left, said it was fun growing in the business with friend Kelsea Ballerini.
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The “Dear Mrs. Loretta” singer also got candid about the time she and Ballerini went to sing karaoke after Pearce sold out two nights at the Ryman Auditorium, joking: “Nobody would ever believe we’re singers at this level because it was awful.”

Pearce looks forward to hosting the “CMA Country Christmas” for the second year in a row.

“I think what’s really special about this year is I feel like the CMA, they’ve really made sure to tailor this show a little bit, to tell my personal story of how I feel a little bit better got to know and my Christmas traditions and why these songs are important to me and all different things and just what I did as a kid around the holidays,” Pearce said. “I think as country music fans, or people who tune in to the special, if they don’t know me very well as a person, maybe beyond my music, they’ll hear a little more about me as Carly. ”

Other performers on the show this year include Maren Morris, Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, and Scotty McCreery. The “CMA Country Christmas” promises to be a great way to kick off the holiday season with a night of special performances from all the classics.

Kelly Clarkson, Kelsea Ballerini and Carly Pearce sang their song, "You're drunk, go home" at the 56th Annual CMA Awards.

Kelly Clarkson, Kelsea Ballerini and Carly Pearce performed their song “You’re Drunk, Go Home” at the 56th Annual CMA Awards.
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Aside from hosting this year’s “CMA Country Christmas,” Pearce took over the CMA Awards stage last month, performing her hit “Dear Mrs. Loretta” and “You’re Drunk, Go Home” featuring Kelly Clarkson and Ballerini . Pearce also recently performed in the semifinals of ‘The Voice’.


“This is my second time performing on ‘The Voice’ and it’s one of my favorite TV shows to be a part of simply because they care so much about the artists that come in,” she said, adding that it a “fun night.”

Pearce emerged as a woman in country music and had many women to look up to who paved the way for her.

“I think it’s singer Lee Ann Womack, Patty Loveless, Alison Krauss,” Pearce said. “I think, as businesswomen, Reba McEntire and Dolly [Parton] and Trisha Yearwood, just as they’ve built brands outside of just music, but still stay true to themselves, and still have that down-home part of what I think country music is really known for.

Carly Pearce credited Reba McEntire, left, as one of her inspirations in country music.

Carly Pearce credited Reba McEntire, left, as one of her inspirations in country music.
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The 13th annual CMA Country Christmas premieres Thursday, December 8 on ABC.

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