Carly Pearce Explains How Heartache Helped Strengthen Her As An Artist

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Carly Pearce is no stranger to heartbreak, but the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year opened up about what she’s learned from it. Pearce lost her close friend and producer to cancer. She also got married and divorced in the same year, and she relived all of it when she recorded her latest album, 29: Written in Stone. Pearce explained, in a statement shared by her record label, how she became stronger:

“I think life experience and the twists and turns of your life really can shape you to be better. I know for me, this season in my life I didn’t understand why I was going through it at the time, but I chose to dive in and really go there. And I think ultimately it has made me a better artist and a better writer and a better woman.”

29: Written in Stone extended Pearce’s “transformative” EP. Pearce, 31, told iHeartRadio last year: “Twenty-nine was huge for me… I think that we have to understand that life is always going to be this kind of ever-evolving thing. And sometimes things that maybe we thought would turn out one way, turn out another. And if you can just learn the lessons, I think that's been the biggest thing for me is like, I feel wiser because of the really hard stuff that I went through. And I feel like I chose to let it refine me instead of define me. And there'll be things that I take with me forever.”

Pearce delved into painful memories as she recorded 29: Written in Stone, but it seemed to pay off. The album is ons of many highlights of what she deemed was “TRULY the best year of my life” last year. “2022, let’s top it! ♥️”