The pair didn't become close until Kelsea invited Carly on tour and offered to share her tour bus with the opening act, and now they're close friends.
Recalling their first meeting on Storme Warren's podcast, Pearce reveals, "I hated her. I literally looked at her and was like, 'This girl is like five years younger than me. She's so happy and not jaded and, like, innocent.' "
"I remember crying in that meeting and being like, 'I have no idea what I'm doing'... She then goes on to bust down a lot of doors for people like me and she took me on tour and I didn't even have a record deal."
"She took me on as her opening act and because I was honest with her, not knowing what I was doing, she would let me ride her bus because she wanted me to be able to sleep and not drive in the 12 passenger van... I mean (there were) so many moments, so many people have given back to me or taken a chance on me or just shown me love."
Carly Pearce has since released two studio albums following her record deal with Big Machine. She released her debut album "Every Little Thing" in 2017 and it peaked at No. 4 on Billboard Top Country Albums. She then followed it up with a self-titled LP in 2020.