Carly Pearce, the ACM Awards’ reigning female artist of the year, has signed with Narvel Blackstock’s Starstruck Management for representation.
“I have always admired the way that Narvel approaches a career from all sides. It is no secret that he knows how to make artists superstars,” Pearce told Billboard in a statement. “I’m so looking forward to working with someone who will challenge, push and help take me to the next level.”
In addition to Blake Shelton, Starstruck’s roster includes Maggie Rose, Emily Ann Roberts, Pryor Baird and Caroline Kole.
“I have been following Carly’s career from the very beginning. She has shown that she has the talent, desire and work ethic to be a superstar. I look forward to helping make that dream come true,” Blackstock said in a statement.
Grand Ole Opry member Pearce, who records for Big Machine Records, topped Billboard’s Country Airplay chart for the third time in May with “Never Wanted to Be That Girl,” her duet with Ashley McBryde. The collaboration, which took home the ACM award for music event of the year in March, became only the third duet between two women to top Country Airplay in the chart’s 32-year history.
The duet appears on Pearce’s most recent album, 29: Written in Stone, which Billboard named the top country album of 2021, writing “Whether she’s dissecting her short-lived marriage and painful divorce from Michael Ray or the death of her producer/friend busbee, Pearce has crafted a new classic that sounds thoroughly modern while still paying homage to the women pioneers she reveres, including Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn (whom she solicits for advice on ‘Dear Miss Loretta’ featuring Patty Loveless).” The album, Pearce’s third, reached No. 9 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart.
Following her own headlining theater tour this spring, Pearce, who is booked by CAA, is opening for Kenny Chesney this summer.
Pearce, who will host the ACM Honors in August, had been managed by Clint Higham and Kyle Quigley at Morris Higham since 2019. Their clients include Chesney and Old Dominion.