Carly Pearce's "What He Didn't Do" from her Stone" from her album "29: written in Stone," goes to country radio today.
Pearce went highly personal with "Written in Stone," a disc focusing on her short-lived marriage to singer Michael Rya
"Truth is the one thing I think country music fans want more than any other kind of music's fan," Pearce said. "They can tell the difference, and they want that difference. In what was a tough year, they not only showed me that, but they also really stood by me, shared their stories with me – and gave me the inspiration to just keep moving forward."
"What He Didn't Do," a Dobro-tinged midtempo song, is a reflective take on the end of a relationship. Knowing it's time to move on, Pearce and co-writers Ashley Gorley and Emily Shackleton looked for what was missing as a compass for where to head.
By the second verse, she's aware of the healing taking place. "I'm already halfway over him and I ain't taking time to turn around/ So I'ma take the high road...That's just dirty laundry, I don't need to air the truth," the lyrics say.
"Life goes on," said Pearce. "You know that when you're reeling, feeling the fool and so hurt... But then there's a moment when those emotions start to clear. That's when you look in the mirror and you ask yourself what happened and try to learn from your mistakes. That's where 'What He Didn't Do' came from. To me, it's really a song of hope and trying to get smarter before moving forward."
Recently filming "Carly Pearce Inside 29: Written In Stone – Live from Music City" with director Shaun Silva at Nashville's Marathon Music Works, Pearce's summer is on Kenny Chesney's Here and Now 2022 Tour of both stadiums and amphitheaters, as well as filling in her own dates.
"It's good to be taking the music out to the people. It lets me close the circle of this entire experience with the people I love the most: the fans, especially the ones going through it."