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The day before taking the microphone to sing the national anthem at the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 race on July 23 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, country music rising star Carly Pearce was one chill chick — literally.

“I drove up from Nashville yesterday morning with my family and sat outside and ate some frozen yogurt outside the hotel and then went to sleep,” Carly told Rare Country. “It was super fun.”

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And even a few short hours before her performance, she still seemed cool and collected.


“Any time you are singing the national anthem, there is going to be pressure to make sure you do it justice, so I definitely have a little bit of nerves, but I feel confident and I’m excited to do it,” she said. “I have practiced just about everywhere. All I gotta get is that one note because if I miss that, even just a little bit … I’ll be off.”

But oh how she was on.

In fact, shortly after her subdued yet breathtaking performance, social media went wild with accolades from old and new fans alike.

“It’s an honor to sing this song, and I’m just honored to be in this moment right here right now,” Carly said.

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