For virtually every single country artist, being invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry is the highest possible honour. Yet, for many, that invitation also serves as the peak of their career, due to the relentless turnover of artists emerging in the genre.
For Carly Pearce, however, her Opry invitation back in June 2021 seems to have been the first in a long line of successes and accolades, with Pearce only recently taking home the 2023 Grammy for ‘Best Country Duo / Group Performance’ with Ashley McBryde.
This meteoric career trajectory is being celebrated on April 11, when Carly Pearce will play her 100th Opry set. The country star made her debut on May 30 2015, before she had even signed her first record deal with Big Machine Records.
Speaking ahead of the milestone, Pearce underlined her sense of both excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to step into the hallowed circle for the 100th time, “When I made my Grand Ole Opry debut in 2015, I had hopes and dreams that I would be able to align with them in a much larger way as my career progressed. To now be at my 100th performance and to think about everything that has happened in the years that followed my debut, I am so proud to be a member of the Opry and know that they are a true partner of mine”.
In honour of Pearce's achievement, the Opry have teamed up with the Kentucky native to launch a special line of artist-curated, retro-inspired merchandise.
Pearce is currently gearing up to release her new live album, 29: Written In Stone (Live From Music City), which will revamp her widely acclaimed 2021 record of the same name, on March 24.
For the full Grand Ole Opry 2023 schedule so far, see below: