What is Carly Pearce’s net worth?
Carly Pearce is a famous country singer who hails from Kentucky.
She’s the brains, the vocal talent, and the beauty behind the hit singles Every Little Thing, I Hope You’re Happy Now, and Next Girl.
From her albums to her producer and mentor, Busbee, to her short-lived marriage to a fellow country artist, there’s a lot to process with this award-winning songstress.
Here’s what we know.
The Origin Story
Carly Cristyne Slusser was born in Taylor Mill, Kentucky, on April 24, 1990.
Her parents are Todd and Jackie Slusser.
Carly’s family always encouraged her love of music and signing—a passion she said she gets from her grandparents.
Growing up, Slusser’s grandparents always had country music playing.
It was a comfort for Carly as a kid, and as an adult, she’d take her grandfather’s last name—Pearce—as a stage name.
Carly’s family always had a video camera going at family events.
At one of those events—which her parents saved—she declared that her goal was to perform at the iconic live music venue Grand Ole Opry, in Tennessee.
A Vision and a Dream
Those who knew Carly at the time wouldn’t be surprised, either.
By age 11 the outgoing young songstress was performing with a bluegrass band.
At 14 she was performing at tent revival shows, churches, and even prisons.
At just 16 years old, Carly auditioned at Dollywood theme park for the Country Crossroads show.
She won a spot, and convinced her parents—eventually—to let her drop out of high school and move closer to Dollywood.
Dollywood—the famed theme park founded by beloved Country icon Dolly Parton—is in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, so the move was a big one for the Kentucky family.
It was fortunate that Todd and Jackie were willing to take the risk, because Carly credits that time at Dollywood as a “key part of [her] journey to finding” herself and her path.
Carly agreed to complete her high school education via homeschooling.
Love and Marriage
Carly Pearce started dating country singer Michael Ray in July of 2018.
The couple made things Instagram official after talking back and forth through the social media platform.
Ray initially thought Pearce wanted to work together, but eventually, he figured it out.
The pair got engaged in December of that year in Tulum, Mexico.
They married on October 6, 2019, in Tennessee, and eight months later Pearce filed for divorce.
“It still makes me quite emotional to think about how lost I felt in the beginning,” she told Grammy in September 2021.
She began dating former MLB player Riley King in 2020.
Welcome to the World
When her time at Dollywood ended—Carly was doing 5 shows a week until the end of her time there—Pearce packed up and headed for the bright lights of Nashville, Tennessee.
She was 19 years old and eager to pursue a real career as a country music artist. Carly describes the time as a “roller coaster ride”.
She was snapped up by Sony Music Nashville in the summer of 2012, but the deal fell through when her producer was fired from the label.
This was a harsh blow for the young singer, but it taught her that showbiz really is a business.
She took part-time jobs waitressing and doing housekeeping but stayed the course by networking with other local performers and working to get her name out there.
Eager for another deal, she connected with Grand Ole Opry vice president, Pete Fisher.
Fisher would allow Carly the opportunity to perform—fulfilling the vow she made to her family in that little home video—in 2015.
He also introduced her to Busbee.
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Busbee, who was a well-known record producer in Tennessee, signed Carly as a developing artist that same year, and then secured her a feature on the Josh Abbott Band’s 2016 single, Wasn’t That Drunk.
The single got to #37 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, got exposure at country radio stations around the US, and won her—alongside the Josh Abbott Band—a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
This was the big break Carly needed, and she made the most of it.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing, though.
Pearce recalls being told by several record label execs to give up—but she couldn’t.
Fortunately, Busbee didn’t give up on her, either.
He produced Every Little Thing, and released it as an indie endeavor.
It was picked up by The Highway, and Pearce signed with Big Machine Records—one of many labels that offered her a contract.
From the official release of Every Little Thing in 2017, Carly has enjoyed a top 5 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, sold 500,000 copies of the single, had her debut album hit #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums list, and reached #32 on Billboard 200.
In 2021 and 2022, she won female vocalist of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Carly Pearce – Net Worth
Pearce earned most of her wealth from selling copies of her albums (29: Written in Stone, Carly Pearce, and Every Little Thing) and EP (29), ads on YouTube, and concerts.
In 2017, Carly signed with Big Machine Label Group. “It’s a dream come true,” she said at the time.
Therefore, Carly Pearce has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
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