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Soon after she dropped her seven-song collection, "29," in February 2021, Carly Pearce began hinting that she wasn't done with that musical chapter. now she has dropped the expanded project into a 15-song full-length album called "29: Written in Stone." The fleshed-out collection, sees Pearce continuing to document a weighty, challenging life stage marked by the unexpected death of her friend and producer, Busbee, as well as her June 2020 divorce from Michael Ray, who was at the time her husband of just eight months. But, as Pearce wrote, in the wake of the heartbreak, "Some unbelievable things started happening." Just days before her divorce went public, Pearce landed her second No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart with the apologetic Lee Brice collaboration "I Hope You're Happy Now," which went on to win Pearce her first Country Music Award and Academy of Country Music Award (she took home two ACMs, including Single of the Year). Pearce makes it a point to spotlight her admiration for and friendship with the women of contemporary country music on the project, Her latest single is the confessional story-song "Never Wanted to Be That Girl," that is with Ashley McBryde which documents a woman's heartache as she uncovers fundamental dishonesty at the root of her relationship with the man she loves.

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