Carly Pearce won the CMA Award for Female Vocalist of the Year on November 10, 2021. Pearce was sobbing as she accepted her award, and said:
“I’ve had just like a crazy year, and I just want you guys to know that this means everything to me. Country music saved me at a time that I needed it, and I just want you guys to know that this is all I’ve ever wanted in the entire world, and I just hope you know that country music is all I love, so thank you so much.”
2021 was indeed a “crazy year” for Pearce. On top of winning her CMA Award, she was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. She also released an EP titled 29, then expanded on that EP by releasing a new album, 29: Written in Stone.
Both projects were created following Pearce’s split from fellow country artist Michael Ray after eight months of marriage.
Pearce co-wrote the records’ title track, “29,” which chronicles the heartache she felt after the end of her marriage. As some of the lyrics go, “Twenty-nine. By now I thought I’d have it figured out. But I’ve never felt as lost as I do now.”
Pearce was invited to sing “29” as a guest on The Voice. Her performance resonated with coach Kelly Clarkson, who knows exactly where she’s coming from.
In 2020, Clarkson and her husband Brandon Blackstock split after nearly seven years of marriage. Clarkson has opened up about the divorce, telling Sunday Today, “…it is the worst thing ever for everyone involved.”
After everything she’s been through, it’s no wonder why Clarkson was moved by Pearce’s performance of “29” on The Voice. Cameras caught Clarkson wiping tears away from her eyes after Pearce finished singing.
If you missed Pearce’s emotional performance on The Voice, look no further than the video below. You’ll want to keep a few tissues close, because like Clarkson, you may find yourself tearing up as you listen to Pearce sing.