Carly Pearce Wasn't Afraid To Be Vulnerable With Luke Combs
By Chandler Reeves
October 16, 2019
Carly Pearce co-wrote her new duet with Lee Brice, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” with Luke Combs, Jonathan Singleton and Randy Montana, but she says it wasn’t hard to open up to a bunch of guys about her very personal story that inspired the song. “Luke knew my story. Luke was kind of around playing shows with me as it was going down,” explains Carly. Plus, she says, “I’m a girl’s guy so it was actually not that hard for me to be like, ‘Hey, so I really did some bad exiting, very abrupt to this person.’”
Carly was able to be vulnerable and honest and sort of confess her story. She says, “So I just started to tell them like, ‘I’m so in love right now. But I totally, for 6 months to a year, knew I wasn’t happy in this other relationship, but blamed – oh, my schedule. I’ll do it eventually I’ll do it eventually and I just kind of ran away from it as my career was taking off.”
Luke Combs listened to Carly’s story and thought about the song title, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” he had saved in his phone for a while, and Carly says, “Luke immediately just was able to kind of get there with me. I’m not sure if he’s felt something on one side or not but we very much talked about relationships. And he had the idea of, ‘Man it would be so crazy to have a guy, like, let me play this role of this guy that’s mad at you.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, alright, okay.’ And literally they just started playing that groove and my first verse just fell out of my mouth, like in under a minute. Like it just happened.”
Once the song was written, Carly enlisted Lee Brice to sing the guy’s part, and now the song is making its way up the charts, and will be featured on Carly’s next album, which will be released in early 2020.
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