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Carly Pearce has been writing and working on new music during the pandemic and after her divorce from Michael Ray; they had been married for less than a year.

Pearce shared the new song she’s been working on via social media last night (9/3) posting, “I’ve spent much of quarantine thinking about where I wanted my music to go. This was not easy for me, especially without having @busbee by my side this time around,” refrencing the producer who died last year.

“The only thing I knew to do was to get lost in all of my old records. I needed to re-discover the music that captured my heart as a teenager: Dolly. Loretta. Patty. Faith. Trisha. The Chicks.”

She continued, “Through all the listening, I was reminded how Country music always had these straight-talking women who were so strong and sassy. They were flirty, funny and feisty. And they weren’t afraid of banjos, fiddles, mandolins and dobro.”

Pearce added, “I used that inspiration, both lyrically and musically, to create “Next Girl.” This is the music that flows through my blood, that comes out of my pores. It’s everything I love– and loved — all in one song, and when it’s rushing by, it just feels good… #nextgirl.”

Carly Pearce - Next Girl (Lyric Video)

Music video by Carly Pearce performing Next Girl (Lyric Video). © 2020 Big Machine Label Group, LLC