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Country musician Carly Pearce to perform Azalea Festival

Carly Pearce will perform at Live Oak Bank Pavilion on Apr. 13. (Courtesy Azalea Festival)

WILMINGTON — The first show of the Azalea Festival 2023 season has been announced. A Kentucky musician who takes on the traditional sounds of country with pop influence will be performing in April as part of the five-day spring soiree.

Carly Pearce first garnered recognition five years ago with her debut “Every Little Thing.” The title track — written with Emily Shackelton and now-deceased producer and songwriter Busbee — went platinum certified. Pearce also won the 2020 CMA and 2021 ACM Awards Music for “I Hope You’re Happy Now” with Lee Brice, featured on the album “Carly Pearce.”

“29: Written in Stone” was released in 2021 on Big Machine Records. This year Pearce won the ACM Music Event of the Year and CMA Musical Event of the Year with her Ashley McBryde duet, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” from the “29” record. She also is up for her first Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

Pearce’s “The 29 Tour” sold out over the summer; she also joined Kenny Chesney for his “Here And Now 2022 Tour.” She will be hitting the road with Blake Shelton in 2023 as part of his “Back to the Honky Tonk Tour.”

Pearce has taken home honors for CMT’s 2022 Artists of The Year, the 2021 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and ACM Female Artist of the Year. The country music singer will be hosting the CMA Country Christmas special on 
Thursday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. on ABC.

Tickets to the Apr. 13 show at Live Oak Bank Pavilion go on sale Friday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m., here. The 76th North Carolina Azalea Festival will take place April 12 through 16.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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