Carly Pearce has been in the music business since she was a teenager, moving to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, when she was just 16 to play shows at Dolly Parton’s theme park, Dollywood.
She’s grinded it out, experienced tons of highs and lows along the way, and finally she’s been invited to join the most exclusive and prolific club in all of country music:
The Grand Ole Opry.
She was inducted last night by no other than Trisha Yearwood, and the full show will be aired on Saturday, August 14th.
At the beginning of the show, Pearce was led by Opry member Jeannie Seely on the stage, who put in a great word for her:
“Carly has all the obvious wonderful traits, but she has that one extra thing, determination. She has the sincerest dedication and the strongest work ethic of anyone I’ve ever known in my life. And she never strayed from her path of wanting to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry.”
Carly then performed her hit song, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” then sang a duet with Trisha, “How Do I Live.”
Then, Trisha delivered the big news:
“This is a very special place, and when you are invited it’s an invitation to the family. So, with much pride and joy, Carly you are now an official member of the Grand Ole Opry.”
As she was taking it all in, Carly said this in response:
“What makes this family something special to be a part of is that you can have hit records and sell out shows, but all of that can fade and this is something I will have forever. It’s a stage to sing on, a circle to stand in and a forever family. This is super special to me.
All I ever wanted to do was to sing country music. This isn’t another accolade or feather in my cap but a promise that I will do my due diligence to make sure the circle is never broken.”
So congratulations, you love to see hard working country singers get the recognition they deserve.