Carly Pearce, the effervescent rising star of the Big Machine Label Group, has a new song out, Closer to You, with a new album expected in 2019, as well as her inaugural C2C appearance next March. See, I told you she was moving on up.
And what a difference a little over a year makes, since I reviewed Carly’s debut album, Every Little Thing in October 2017.
Closer to You is a pop-country radio hit waiting to happen.
Mirroring new love with country star Michael Ray, the song penned by Nashville stalwarts Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson and Troy Verges had Pearce all excited when she first heard it play, because it resembled her experiences of a long-distance relationship.
The up-tempo track is testament to her wide vocal range, and possibly the euphoria of new love, as Closer to You hits higher notes than the gorgeous, and gold certified, Every Little Thing. Expressing herself with ease through a combination of fast-paced lyrics – “wanna feel you feel me/feel you breathing – and a radio-friendly soprano chorus of ooo I miss you baby/ooo I’m going crazy.” The song hints at both romance and chemistry, with images of moons, diamond skies and leather seats, as closeness is sought.
I imagine Pearce will be mesmerising to hear live, much like Carrie. And I can’t help but sense there’s a comparison to be found between the two women (that goes beyond album-friendly long, blonde waves); incredible talents that need to hear their own voice on the page as well as the stage.
As with all first albums, the story often changes during the return to the studio for the sequel, so it’ll be interesting to see how her new experiences have impacted on her music, and how the storytelling unfolds.