For just the third time in almost 12 years, a woman’s debut single tops Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. Carly Pearce Every Little Thing is #1 this week on CISN Country’s American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.
“Thing” marks the first career-opening Country Airplay No. 1 by a solo woman since Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It,” which topped the July 4 2015 chart. Prior to Ballerini, nine years had passed since Carrie Underwood arrived with her first single, “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” which began a six-week reign on Jan. 21, 2006.
The 27-year-old Pearce knew that she wanted to write and perform music by age 5. Raised in Kentucky, her roots are steeped in bluegrass and traditional country. She honed her chops playing six shows or more a day at Dollywood and releasing music independently by the time she was 14.
“You work so hard, dreaming and praying you’ll be able to do this professionally in any capacity,” Pearce tells Billboard. “To have “Thing” come from such a real place in my life and to have done what it’s done is indescribable. To be alongside Carrie and Kelsea is the greatest honor. All I’ve ever wanted to do is sing country music. Every dream is coming true.”
I am an artist that watches the charts. I honestly look every week, so there are times when I am watching it and worrying, but I also had faith that everything would work out. Also, I visited a lot of radio stations and talked to a lot of programmers who were supportive. The whole trip has been a major whirlwind because on those radio tours, you might not want to show it, but in reality, you’re campaigning for your song and your music.
— Lindsay Ell (@lindsayell) November 14, 2017