Karlie Pierce opens up about friendship with Kelsey Ballerini: ‘We’ve been through a lot separately’

Carly Pierce is grateful for her friendship with singer Kelsey Ballerini.

In an interview with , Pierce detailed how the two met “six or seven years ago, in the form of an artist therapy group,” before entering the music industry. Pearce is happy to have been able to maintain a friendship with Ballerini after her success, saying before Pearce “she was very good to me when she started her career”.

“We’ve just seen a lot of different stages of each other’s lives and become close, and I think it’s been fun to go with it because we’re both women in this crazy business,” Pierce said.

Pierce, who filed for divorce from Michael Ray in 2020, added, “We’ve been through a lot separately, but we’ve been there for each other and will continue to live the same life experiences, for better or for worse.” did Ballerini and her husband. Morgan Evans split earlier this year after five years of marriage.


Carly Pierce, left, with friend Kelsey Ballerini, said growing up in the business was fun.
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The “Dear Lady Loretta” singer also opened up about the time she went out and sang karaoke with Ballerini after two sold-out nights at the Piers Ryman Auditorium, joking: “Nobody believes we’re singers like that because he . was terrible.”

Looking ahead, Pierce is excited to host “CMA Country Christmas” for the second year in a row.

“I think what’s special about this year is that I feel like the CMAs, they really made sure to tailor this show a little bit, my personal story of getting to know me a little better, my Christmas traditions and why they told me it could happen. Songs are very important to me and all kinds of things and things I did at the holidays when I was a kid,” Pierce said. “I think if country music fans or people tuning in specifically, if they’re not familiar with me as a person or if they’re going through my music, they’re going to hear a little bit more about me as Carly. ”

Other performers at this year’s show include Maren Morris, Dan + Shay, Old Dominion and Scotty McCreary. CMA Country Christmas promises to be a great way to ring in the holiday season with a night full of special performances of all the classics.

Kelly Clarkson, Kelsey Ballerini and Carly Pierce performed their song “You’re Drunk, Come Home” at the 56th Annual CMA Awards.
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In addition to hosting this year’s CMA Country Christmas, Pierce took the stage at the CMA Awards last month to perform her song “Dear Lady Loretta” and “You’re Drunk, Come Home” with Kelly Clarkson and Ballerini. performed his song. Pearce also recently performed in the semi-finals of The Voice.


“This is my second time on The Voice and it’s one of my favorite TV shows because they really care about the artists that come in,” she said. “fun night”.

Emerging as a woman in country music, Pearce had to look to the women who paved the way for her.

“I think it’s Lee Ann Womack, Patty Loveless, Alison Krauss,” Pierce said. “I think Reba McEntire and Dolly as business women [Parton] and Trisha Yearwood, who have created brands outside of music, but still stay true to themselves, and still the out-of-home part of what I feel is country music is really popular.”

Carly Pierce has named Reba McEntire, left, as one of her country music inspirations.

Carly Pierce has named Reba McEntire, left, as one of her country music inspirations.
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The 13th Annual CMA Country Christmas premieres Thursday, December 8 on ABC.

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