Carly Pearce is in the prime of her life. Professionally, the country star-in-the-making is celebrating the continued success of her first official single, “Every Little Thing,” as the addictive song makes its way up the charts.

Yet personally, as happy as her professional life is at the moment, her heart still aches for those who aren’t here to see her success.

One of those people is her “pap.”

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“Eight years ago today I lost my best buddy,” Carly wrote alongside a series of pics shared of her dear grandfather on August 1 on her Facebook page. The man in the photos appears to be her grandfather. “I will never understand why I have to live the majority of my life without you, but I know you’re still around. Keepin’ the Pearce name alive for ya, Pap. Wish we could sit one more time at the kitchen table. I will look for a red bird today.”

Indeed, it is those that supported her and her musical dreams long before country fans knew her name that continue to remain an inspiration to Carly and her blooming career.

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“Everything is so surreal at the moment,” Carly told Rare Country during a recent interview hours before singing the national anthem at Indianapolis Motor Speedway July 23. “I guess that’s the best word to use. I moved to Nashville nine years ago and now I’m 27 and my entire life I’ve wanted to do this. I’ve had some of the loudest crowds singing back to me, so much so that I’ve had to stop because I was crying hearing them sing every word. I will never take it for granted. I hope that I can continue making an impact making real country music.”

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Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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