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29: Written in Stone is the third studio album by American country music artist Carly Pearce. It was released on September 17, 2021, via Big Machine Records and contained 15 tracks. The album is a continuation of Pearce's 2021 EP, which chronicled her divorce from Michael Ray and the death of her former producer Busbee. It was the third studio album released in Pearce's career and third released on the Big Machine label. Three singles have since been spawned from the project, including the top 20 charting song "Next Girl," as well as the number 1 hit "Never Wanted to Be That Girl." The album has since received positive reviews from critics.


Pearce made two commercially-successful albums with producer busbee, who died in 2019.[2] Following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pearce divorced country artist Michael Ray.[3] These experiences shaped a seven-song extended play (EP) released in February 2021 titled 29. In the wake of its release, Pearce mentioned that she was not finished releasing new music.[4] "I’ve realized over the last few weeks that I wasn’t entirely finished writing my 29 chapter..." she commented in April 2021.[5]

She ultimately wanted to finish what the 29 EP music journey had started. "What you hear in this project is every stage of a relationship ending, the realization, the grief, the anger, the soon as I could see all of these songs, I saw the pieces that they represented, and I felt like it was finished," she told People.[6] In August 2021, Pearce announced the release of the final project titled 29: Written in Stone.[7]

Recording and content

29: Written in Stone was recorded at six separate studios all located in Nashville, Tennessee: Evan's Place, Maverick Recordings, The Robbins Nest, Santa's Workspace, Sound Stage Studios and The Sound Emporium. Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Jimmy Robbins served as Pearce's producers on the project.[8] All three producers also crafted the original 29 EP.[9] Pearce and her producers continued the EP's "'90s country" sound, which went back to a more traditional approach inspired by country artists of her youth. "What I found was Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne loved '90s country like I did. It opened this understanding of the same way that we listened to music growing up that I had never experienced with busbee, [since] he was a pop producer," she explained.[10]

The album contained a total of 15 tracks, all of which were co-written by Pearce. Five songs included writing credits from Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.[8] Many of the album's material was composed by female writers, including country artists Kelsea Ballerini and Ashley McBryde. "These women were the first to message me as soon as my divorce came out, and really care about me as a person. I was able to be brutally honest in those rooms because I felt safe with them," she explained.[10] Forbes described the project's opening track, "Diamondback", as "a twisted fairy tale with memorable fiddle accompaniment".[11] People magazine described "What He Didn't Do" as "a ballad that walks the difficult line between cautious discretion and righteous indignation."[6] The bluegrass-inspired "Easy Going" featured background vocals from Sonya Isaacs of The Isaacs.[8][6]

Other tracks on the album included fellow country artists. "Dear Miss Loretta" features harmony and duet vocals from Patty Loveless. The song also pays homage to country singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn.[6] The song's description of rural Appalachia is also representative of Pearce and Loveless's backgrounds, since both artists come from Kentucky.[12] Pearce explained her appreciated for Loveless to Taste of Country: "To hear Patty Loveless sing your words, there’s no way to describe that sensation".[4] Also included is a duet with Ashley McBryde titled "Never Wanted to Be That Girl". In the song, Pearce plays the wife of a cheating husband while McBryde plays the mistress. Rolling Stone compared the track to Linda Davis and Reba McEntire's duet "Does He Love You", which had a similar theme.[13]

The album's title is derived from the track "Mean It This Time", which features the lyrics "I'm gonna write it in stone". Pearce explained to Forbes the song's overall message: "For me, it truly means that your words and your actions and your truth should be written in stone, and I really, truly feel like that's what the last year has taught me."[11] "Your Drinkin' My Problem" and "All the Whiskey in the World" were also new songs included on the collection.[8] The remaining seven songs included on 29: Written in Stone were first released on Pearce's 2021 EP.[14]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Entertainment Focus[15]

29: Written in Stone received critical acclaim from journalists and writers. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave the album a three and a half star rating. Erlewine praised the album's self-reflection in its lyrics and vocal performance in songs like "Dear Miss Loretta". Erlewine concluded the review by commenting, "While Pearce's lyrics can occasionally be a bit too on-the-nose -- it's not that she delves into personal details, it's that she ties up her messy emotions with a tidy bow -- her vulnerability is endearing, and the craftsmanship, aided by producers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, is sturdy, so the music retains its appeal even after the stories become familiar."[1]

Chris Willman of Variety compared the album's style to that of classic country artists: "She's picking up the pieces — of her life, and of old Conway and Loretta records, too." Willman found that the album's divorce-inspired lyrics helped created a better record: "For now, anyway, it's our fortune that she's back to being a miss [instead of misses], and that her musical giftedness in getting it all off her chest is right up there with her level of grievance. If you've got a hankering for some sad-ass country music, happy days are here again."[16]

Entertainment Focus gave the record a five-star review, calling it "the finest record of her career and one of the finest Country albums of the past 20 years."[15]

Release and chart performance

The release of 29: Written in Stone was preceded by two songs released as promotional singles. The first was "Dear Miss Loretta", which was released the day of the album's announcement on August 3, 2021.[12] "Never Wanted to Be That Girl" was released on September 15, 2021, two days prior to the album's official release date.[13] It was also preceded by the radio single, "Next Girl", which was first included on the original 29 EP.[14] The single reached the top 20 of the Billboard Country Airplay chart, peaking at number 15 in 2021.[17] The album was officially released on September 17, 2021 on Big Machine Records, becoming Pearce's third studio record. It was originally offered as a compact disc,[8] digitally[18] and as a vinyl LP.[19][20] "Never Wanted to Be That Girl" was announced as the project's second single and was released on September 17, 2021. The song received 142 adds to country radio stations in its first week.[21]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Carly Pearce, with additional co-writers as noted

29: Written in Stone (CD and digital versions)[8]
2."What He Didn't Do"
3."Easy Going"4:46
4."Dear Miss Loretta" (featuring Patty Loveless)
5."Next Girl"
  • McAnally
  • Osborne
6."Should've Known Better"
  • Jordan Reynolds
  • Shackelton
  • McAnally
  • Osborne
8."Never Wanted to Be That Girl" (with Ashley McBryde)3:34
9."Your Drinkin', My Problem"3:34
  • McAnally
  • Osborne
12."Show Me Around"
  • Shackelton
  • West
13."Day One"
14."All the Whiskey in the World"
  • Jordan Terry Minton
  • Reynolds
  • Shackelton
15."Mean It This Time"
  • Minton
  • Reynolds
  • Shackelton
Total length:51:38


All credits are adapted from the liner notes of 29: Written in Stone[8] and AllMusic.[22]


Release history

Release history and formats for 29: Written in Stone
North AmericaSeptember 17, 2021
  • Compact disc
  • music download
  • streaming
  • vinyl
Big Machine[8][19]


  1. ^ a b c d Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "29: Written in Stone: Carly Pearce". AllMusic. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. "Carly Pearce: Biography & History". Allmusic. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  3. ^ Mizoguchi, Karen. "Carly Pearce Announces EP 29, Honors Late Producer Busbee and Reflects on Michael Ray Divorce". People. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Liptak, Carena (August 3, 2021). "Carly Pearce Fills Out 29' with full-length Written in Stone". Taste of Country. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  5. ^ "Carly Pearce hints that she's not "entirely finished" releasing music off of '29' just yet". WIN Country 98.5. Retrieved September 25, 2021.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b c d Kruh, Nancy (September 17, 2021). "With Full-Length Album, Carly Pearce Finishes Her Story of Heartbreak: 'I've Accepted What Has Happened'". People. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  7. ^ Dowling, Marcus K. (August 3, 2021). "Carly Pearce Announces New Album, '29: Written In Stone'". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Pearce, Carly (September 17, 2021). "29: Written in Stone (CD Liner Notes and Album Information)". Big Machine Records. 3006705.
  9. ^ Stefano, Angela (February 4, 2021). "Carly Pearce Centers Herself with 29". Taste of Country. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  10. ^ a b Weatherby, Taylor. "Carly Pearce on '29: Written In Stone,' Relating to Kacey Musgraves & Becoming The Country Artist She's Always Wanted To Be". Grammy Awards. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  11. ^ a b Reuter, Annie (September 17, 2021). "Carly Pearce Turns Pain Into Purpose On '29: Written In Stone'". Forbes. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  12. ^ a b Freeman, Jon (August 3, 2021). "Carly Pearce Drops New Patty Loveless Duet 'Dear Miss Loretta,' Expands '29' EP". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  13. ^ a b Freeman, Jon (September 15, 2021). "Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde's 'Never Wanted to Be That Girl' Is a Top-Flight Cheating Song". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  14. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "29: Carly Pearce: Songs, reviews, credits". AllMusic. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  15. ^ a b Ellwood-Hughes, Pip (September 14, 2021). "Carly Pearce -- 29: Written in Stone -- Review". Entertainment Focus. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  16. ^ Willman, Chris (September 17, 2021). "Carly Pearce Loses a Wedding Ring and Picks Up a Classic Country Sensibility in '29: Written in Stone': Album Review". Variety. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  17. ^ ""Next Girl" chart history". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  18. ^ "29: Written in Stone: Carly Pearce: Download". AllMusic. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  19. ^ a b Pearce, Carly (September 18, 2021). "29: Written in Stone (LP Liner Notes and Album Information)". Big Machine Records. 300.
  20. ^ "29: Written in Stone by Carly Pearce". Apple Music. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  21. ^ Parry, Alex (September 24, 2021). "Chart Action: Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde Earn Most Added Milestone". Music Row. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  22. ^ "29: Written in Stone: Carly Pearce: Songs, reviews, credits". AllMusic. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  23. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  24. ^ "Official Country Artists Albums Chart Top 20". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  25. ^ "Official Album Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  26. ^ "Carly Pearce Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  27. ^ "Carly Pearce Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  28. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 2022". Billboard. Retrieved March 4, 2023.


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Carly Pearce (* 24. April 1990 in Taylor Mill, Kentucky) ist eine US-amerikanische Countrysängerin. Mit ihrem Debütalbum Every Little Thing und dem gleichnamigen Song hatte sie 2017 ihren Durchbruch.


Carly Pearce wuchs mit Musik auf und gehörte schon mit 11 Jahren einer Bluegrass-Band an. Mit 16 Jahren beendete sie die Schule und ging nach Pigeon Forge in Tennessee, wo sie als Sängerin im Dollywood-Freizeitpark arbeitete. Ihre eigene Karriere und eigene Musik entwickelte sie nebenher. Sie machte Aufnahmen für Country-Sampler und spielte Weihnachtslieder ein. Mit 19 ging sie nach Nashville, wo sie sich erst einmal als Songwriterin ins Gespräch brachte. Nach 3 Jahren wurde sie von Sony Music als Musikerin unter Vertrag genommen, ihre Soloanstrengungen blieben aber erfolglos.

2016 brachte ihr dann ein Duett mit Josh Abbott erstmals größere Aufmerksamkeit als Sängerin. Der Song Wasn’t That Drunk wurde öfter im Radio gespielt und schaffte es auch in die US-Countrycharts. Sie unternahm einen weiteren Anlauf als Musikerin und nahm eine Reihe neuer Songs auf. Mit Every Little Thing hatte sie Ende 2016 einen eigenen kleineren Radiohit und nachdem das Label Big Machine (u. a. Taylor Swift) sie unter Vertrag genommen und das Lied 2017 erneut veröffentlicht hatte, erreichte sie die Spitze der Radiocharts. Im Oktober erschien zudem ihr nach dem Song benanntes Debütalbum. Song und Album kamen in die Top 5 der jeweiligen Countrycharts und platzierten sich in den offiziellen US-Charts auf Platz 50 bzw. 32. Der Song wurde zudem mit Platin ausgezeichnet, mit Hide the Wine erreichte ein zweites Lied Goldstatus.

2019 hielt sie sich mit dem Duett I Hope You’re Happy Now in Erinnerung, das sie zusammen mit Lee Brice aufnahm. Es war ihr zweiter Nummer-1-Radiohit und ihr zweiter Platinsong. In den offiziellen Singlecharts kam es bis auf Platz 27. Im Jahr darauf folgte ihr zweites Album mit ihrem Namen als Titel. Carly Pearce kam allerdings nicht über Platz 73 hinaus und brachte außer bereits vorab veröffentlichten Songs keinen weiteren Singlehit. Auch die EP 29 ein Jahr später konnte an den Debüterfolg nicht anknüpfen und war außerhalb des Countrybereichs kaum erfolgreich.



JahrTitelHöchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[1]
(Jahr, Titel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
 US Coun­try
2017Every Little ThingUS32
(2 Wo.)US
(5 Wo.)Coun­try
Erstveröffentlichung: 13. Oktober 2017
2020Carly PearceUS73
(5 Wo.)US
(20 Wo.)Coun­try
Erstveröffentlichung: 14. Februar 2020
(2 Wo.)US
(35 Wo.)Coun­try
Erstveröffentlichung: 19. Februar 2021
29: Written In StoneCoun­try46
(1 Wo.)Coun­try
Erstveröffentlichung: 17. September 2021


Höchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[1]
(Jahr, Titel, Album, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
 US Coun­try
2016Wasn’t That Drunk
Front Row Seat
(14 Wo.)Coun­try
mit Josh Abbott Band
2017Every Little Thing
Every Little Thing

(17 Wo.)US
(30 Wo.)Coun­try
Erstveröffentlichung: 22. Februar 2017
Hide the Wine
Every Little Thing
(33 Wo.)Coun­try
Erstveröffentlichung: 4. Dezember 2017
2018Closer to You
Carly Pearce
(26 Wo.)Coun­try
Erstveröffentlichung: 2. November 2018
2019I Hope You’re Happy Now
Carly Pearce

(25 Wo.)US
(37 Wo.)Coun­try
Erstveröffentlichung: 27. September 2019
mit Lee Brice
2020Next Girl

(4 Wo.)US
(35 Wo.)Coun­try
Erstveröffentlichung: 4. September 2020
2021Never Wanted to Be That Girl
29: Written In Stone

(20 Wo.)US
(33 Wo.)Coun­try
Erstveröffentlichung: 20. September 2021
mit Ashley McBryde
2022What He Didn’t Do
29: Written In Stone

(17 Wo.)US
(43 Wo.)Coun­try
Erstveröffentlichung: 13. Juni 2022
2023We Don’t Fight Anymore

(11 Wo.)US
(… Wo.)Template:Charttabelle/Wartung/vorläufig/2023Coun­try
Erstveröffentlichung: 16. Juni 2023
feat. Chris Stapleton

Auszeichnungen für Musikverkäufe

Goldene Schallplatte

  • Kanada Kanada
    • 2023: für die Single Hide the Wine


  • Kanada Kanada
    • 2022: für die Single Next Girl
    • 2023: für die Single Every Little Thing
    • 2023: für die Single What He Didn’t Do
    • 2023: für die Single Never Wanted to Be That Girl

3× Platin-Schallplatte

  • Kanada Kanada
    • 2023: für die Single I Hope You’re Happy Now

Anmerkung: Auszeichnungen in Ländern aus den Charttabellen bzw. Chartboxen sind in ebendiesen zu finden.

Land/RegionAus­zeich­nung­en für Mu­sik­ver­käu­fe
(Land/Region, Auszeichnungen, Verkäufe, Quellen)
Gold PlatinVer­käu­feQuel­len
 Kanada (MC) Gold1 7×
 Vereinigte Staaten (RIAA) 3× Gold3 4×
Insgesamt 4× Gold4 11× Platin11


  1. a b Carly Pearce in den US-Charts (Billboard)


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