Carly Pearce Reveals How A Dream Led To Ballad About Seeing Her Ex Move On

By Kelly Fisher

April 5, 2024

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Carly Pearce opened up about a dream she woke up from that inspired her to write the heartache ballad that made its debut on Friday morning (April 5). Pearce’s “my place,” which she previously teased on her social media pages and delivered sneak peeks during performances, is the latest track to release from her upcoming hummingbird album.

“I woke up the morning I wrote this song after having a dream that the relationship I was in had ended. It was almost like my heart knew it was going to happen before I wanted to believe it. It’s hard to let people go,” Pearce shared as she announced the song’s release on Instagram on Thursday (April 4). “Your heart wrestles with the fact that someone who was once your whole world, isn’t it anymore. Social media sure doesn’t make it easy either, as we all see when our exes move on :). This song is my story of that realization and also that acceptance. That it’s not ‘my place’ anymore…”

Pearce also said of the song as she posted a previous teaser that it describes “that feeling you get after you go through a devastating break up. Where you find yourself still feeling entitled to what they’re doing, who they’re with… but realizing that those thoughts don’t belong to you anymore. This song is my realization of that very moment, and one of my favorite new songs. This is ‘My Place’ 🤍”

The Kentucky-born singer-songwriter delivered a stunning performance of “my place” during the C2C: Country to Country music festival. In a video she shared last month, she “could hear a pin drop,” when halfway through the song, the arena packed with thousands of festival goers erupted with cheers and applause. The ballad is the latest track to release from hummingbird, Pearce’s next full-length album that’s due on June 14. She announced the long-awaited release date delivered the first-ever live performance of the title track at that time, at the 2024 Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

“The last few years have been a season of loss and growth, of healing and happiness. A belief that if I did the inner work, I would rebuild myself stronger than I was before, and a knowing that I have done some living and will always be unapologetic about it,” Pearce wrote as she introduced her new era. “These 14 songs incapsulate my confidence that there is light on the other side of darkness and my true love of country music.

“When you hear this album — Wherever you are on your journey, I hope it shows you that pain can be a lesson that shows you just how strong you are and what you truly deserve,” she continued. “That we can all find the ‘hummingbird’ in the midst of whatever we’re going through.”

Pearce is set to present at the 2024 CMT Music Awards, along with Amber RileyBilly Bob Thornton (Landman), Cody AlanCody JohnsonEmily Osment (Young Sheldon), Emma RobertsGayle King (CBS Mornings), James Van Der Beek, Jane Seymour, Jelly RollMax Theriot (Fire Country), Megan MoroneyMelissa EtheridgeMickey GuytonMinnie DriverMontana Jordan (Young Sheldon), Parmalee and Paul Walter Hauser, per a press release issued Wednesday (April 3).

Performers include returning host Kelsea Ballerini, Jason AldeanDashaBailey ZimmermanCody JohnsonJelly RollKeith UrbanLainey WilsonLittle Big Town with SugarlandMegan MoroneyNEEDTOBREATHE with Jordan DavisOld Dominion with Megan MoroneyParker McCollum with Brittney SpencerSam Hunt, and Trisha Yearwood, who will also receive the first-ever June Carter Cash Humanitarian Award. The show will also include an all-star tribute to late legend Toby Keith, who died earlier this year following a battle with stomach cancer. He was 62.

See the full list of nominees here.

The 2024 CMT Music Awards will return to Moody Center in Austin, Texas, taking place on Sunday, April 7, and airing live (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT). Viewers can watch on CBS and stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Listen to “my place” here:

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