Taylor Mill's Carly Pearce breaks through with 'Every Little Thing'

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Taylor Mill's Carly Pearce breaks through with
'Every Little Thing'

Carly Pearce credits Northern Kentucky and Covington
nightclubs for her now-hot singing career

For Carly Pearce, "Every Little Thing" has turned into a pretty big deal.

The Northern Kentucky native began a gradual but assured assault on country radio last spring with the breakup ballad “Every Little Thing,” a pensive song that showcases a hushed, glowing vocal presence.

Now, with summer over and the song entering the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, Pearce is preparing for the release of her debut album, also called “Every Little Thing,” Oct. 13.

“I moved to Nashville eight years ago. I’ve had a lot of opportunities before that, for whatever reason, didn’t work out the way that I thought they should have, so I am so thankful to have this opportunity.

“I didn’t sign a record deal just to have a record deal. I signed a record deal because I knew I would have a team behind me that is passionate about who I was as an artist and the role I was carving out. I made this album, from the songs to the production, exactly the way I wanted to," Carly told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Pearce grew up Taylor Mill, the Kenton County town near the northernmost point of the state. Most Kentucky-reared country stars hail from the east, so where did she find inspiration when her backyard was, essentially, Cincinnati?

“I had really good schools that let me do talent shows,” she said. “I performed in a bluegrass band and played all over Northern Kentucky and, honestly, throughout all of Kentucky for quite a few years," she told the paper.

"I played down in Covington for open-mic nights, bluegrass nights and all different types of things.

The only thing I did that was outside of country music was getting cast in a musical theater production of ‘The 1940s Radio Hour’ when I was 13. Everyone else was so in their 20s and 30s, so I did that in Cincinnati just to find a way to perform. But I’ve always been country, country, country.

“I just tried to make as many opportunities for myself while I was in Taylor Mill. Then, when I was 16, I was out of there.”