Carly Pearce will participate in an Atlanta holiday tradition. Courtesy Big Machine Records

Carly Pearce ready to spread Christmas cheer at Macy’s Atlanta Great Tree Lighting

Carly Pearce is looking forward to performing at the Macy’s Atlanta Great Tree Lighting because it helps put her in the Christmas spirit.

“It’s so fun. I don’t really get to celebrate the holidays, being on the road so much, so I love being able to be part of something so magical and special,” Pearce said on the red carpet of the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville. 

Pearce said she’ll perform a few Christmas songs that are special to her and appreciated having that flexibility.

“I got the pleasure to being able to pick (the songs), and my guys (in the band) will be with me. It’s a great lineup. I’m really excited,” she said.

Pearce will be joined by actress/singer Lea Michele - known for her work on Broadway and in “Glee” - along with gospel star CeCe Winans at the 72nd edition of the tree lighting on Nov. 24 at Lenox Square. Parking is limited, so MARTA use is encouraged. Fans can also watch live on WSB-TV.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m., with the tree lighting ceremony slated to begin at 7 p.m. The Macy’s All-Star Holiday Choir, Macy’s Children’s Choir and Macy’s Magical Stars will also perform. 

The “Every Little Thing” singer is looking forward to Christmas downtime with her husband, Michael Ray, whom she married in October.

“Supporting each other on the road has been really great,” she said.

The promo machine will kick into gear in early 2020 when Pearce releases her self-titled sophomore album on Valentine’s Day.

“I’m so proud of this record,” she said. “I put my heart and soul into it and it and I feel more like myself than ever.”

Pearce’s record was the last work produced by Busbee, who died in September at 43 after a brief battle with brain cancer.

She tears up when talking about him, but it’s also clear that the album now takes on deeper meaning.

“He was like a second father to me. He changed my life,” Pearce said. “I think it’s my duty as one of his friends and one of his collaborators to carry on his legacy with this album, which is dedicated to him.”

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.