Taking the stage in a stunning pink lace ruffle dress last night (August 3rd), Pearce was introduced to the Opry crowd by country music icon Jeannie Seely before formally being inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
The dress and the moment overall were certainly not ones to disappoint. Pearce told Celeb Secrets Country that this outfit of choice was one she has had planned for a while, amongst other preparations for the exciting evening.
“Oh gosh! I mean, I feel like I’m getting to plan the best day of my life,” said Pearce. “I’m planning the biggest party of my life. Just trying to make a few special moments and working on that. It feels surreal a little bit. I’d be lying if I said I don’t already have my dress.. because I do.”
Pearce also shared with us what is to come for this next chapter of her career.
“I’ve been working really hard on more stuff, and I actually get to, without saying too much, I get to almost marry some of those people I talk about from the Opry with my current music in some of the extensions of 29 that I’ve been working on. I’m just excited to get to play shows… I just am so excited to get to say, ‘thank you’ in person..”
Pearce performed her undeniable hit “I Hope You’re Happy Now” to kick off the milestone night. Pearce then called in Trisha Yearwood to join her on stage for a duet of Yearwood’s “How Do I Live” and after seeing this performance, we wonder how we ever lived without it!
But the special on stage moments between the two did not stop there. In fact, they were just beginning. Yearwood then presented Pearce with a miniature Opry mic statue in honor of Pearce’s new membership.
“This is a very special place, and when you are invited it’s an invitation to the family. So, with much pride and joy, Carly you are now an official member of the Grand Ole Opry,” said Yearwood.
The value of the Opry family is not something that has gone unnoticed by the woman of the hour. Pearce went on to highlight just how much it all meant to her in her acceptance speech.
“What makes this family something special to be a part of is you can have hit records and sell out shows, but all of that can fade and this is something I will have forever,” said Pearce. “It’s a stage to sing on, a circle to stand in and a forever family. This is super special to me. All I ever wanted to do was sing country music. This isn’t another accolade or feather in my cap but a promise that I will do my due diligence to make sure the circle is never broken.”
Holding up the honor of being a legacy for women in country music, Pearce has continued to transcend in her career both on and off the Opry stage.
Pearce has not only announced a soon-to-be-released extended version of her critically-acclaimed album 29, but has paid tribute to the women in country music before her on the way.
Fans of Pearce know all too well that this formal Opry induction is a well deserved milestone for the songstress.
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