Carly Pearce’s upcoming album ‘29: Written In Stone’ is set for release today, Friday, September 17. Pearce has now released “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” a duet with Ashley McBryde, which you can take a listen to  – here.

Pearce said of the song via Instagram, “This is the story of how a bad man happened to two good women.” She wrote in another Instagram post: “My truth in 15 songs. All written in stone. I can’t wait to share them with you this Friday ❤️”

In a press release, McBryde and Pearce discussed the song’s writing process: Pearce said, “Ashley is such a great drop-into-the-moment writer, she was able to bring that reality bomb truth to what we were doing. She’s fearless, and she understands human nature in a way that let us both really write to the hurt of realizing we’ve been lied to by someone we’re intimate with.” McBryde added,  “Carly isn’t afraid to face the less potable subjects,” As a writer she’s willing to get in there and get very honest. Writing this song together with Shane strengthened our friendship and taught us more about one another and ourselves. Seriously, nobody wants to be the other woman. And when you find you are…damn. It’s such a gut punch.”

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