Country artist Carly Pearce will be headed back out on the road in 2022 for a second-leg extension of her headlining "29" tour, and she recently announced a portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to tornado relief efforts in her home state of Kentucky.
"There are a lot of people from my Kentucky home who are going through a really devastating time right now with their lives completely changed overnight, so having the opportunity to help with some of the rebuilding is so important to me," the 2021 CMA "Female Vocalist of the Year" said in a press release published by her record label, Big Machine Label Group.
Last Friday night, Kentucky suffered significant tornado damage across 19 counties. Gov. Andy Beshear said at least 70 people were killed but noted the death toll could eventually exceed 100. Local reports say the count currently stands at 80 deaths.
Pearce, a Taylor Mill, Kentucky, native, has partnered with nonprofit organization PLUS1 to donate $1 of every "29" tour ticket sold to support tornado recovery efforts in the Bluegrass State.
The new round of shows will kick off March 10 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and conclude April 9 in Toronto, Ontario. Pearce will then join superstar Kenny Chesney’s "Here and Now" tour this summer. Tickets went on sale Friday for Pearce's 11 additional headline dates at CarlyPearce.com.
Pearce's tour takes its name from her seven-track extended play "29" and subsequent full-length project and third studio album "29: Written in Stone," featuring eight additional tracks.
According to Taste of Country, the project highlights Pearce continuing to explore the emotions surrounding the unexpected death of her friend and producer, Busbee, as well as her June 2020 divorce from Michael Ray after an eight-month-long marriage.
Pearce teamed up with fellow country singer Ashley McBryde for her current radio single, "Never Wanted to be That Girl." As of Friday, it held the No. 17 spot on the Mediabase U.S. Country Music Chart.
"Next Girl," the lead single off Pearce's current album, was released Sept. 4, 2020, and peaked at No. 12 on the Mediabase chart this past summer. The song also earned the No. 46 spot on Billboard's year-end Country Airplay Songs chart for 2021.