Born and bred in a small town in Kentucky, at the age of just 16 Carly Pearce dropped out of high school and moved to Tennessee. To many it might seem like an overtly daring move, but for Carly it was just the first step in following her dream.

“I honestly knew I wanted to be a country artist when I was about six. I know that sounds so funny,” laughs Carly. “I was lucky enough to have parents who listened to me when I saw an audition to sing at the country show in Dollywood, which is Dolly Parton’s theme park here in Tennessee. They let me quit high school and do that show. That was kind of my first real major jump in pursuit of doing this full time.”