Michael Ray and Carly Pearce will soon add their names to the list of country music super-unions that includes lovebirds like Garth and Trisha, Tim and Faith, and Karen and Jimi.
After publicly confirming their romance last summer, Michael and Carly got engaged during their vacation in Tulum, Mexico, on Dec. 19, 2018.
Both country stars are keeping busy on the road in 2019—Carly is touring with Russell Dickerson right now, while Michael is headlining his own dates. In addition, both Michael and Carly currently have singles on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, “One That Got Away” (No. 17) and “Closer to You” (No. 40), respectively. The couple has a lot to celebrate, and, as Michael told Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown, “celebrating each other’s dreams” is an added perk of the relationship.
“Carly is beautiful in every aspect of a human being, and her heart and who she is as a person is what made me fall in love with her,” says Michael. “And when we’re together, we know, like, ‘Okay, we have two days this week, we’re gonna hang and reconnect,’ and we don’t even really talk about music. I think that the cool thing with her and I is what she does doesn’t define her. Carly Pearce, the artist, is one of the many fantastic layers that makes up who she is, and that’s kind of where we found our bond is we get to celebrate, not only being together, but we also get to celebrate each other’s dreams.”
Watch Carly and Michael perform “When You Say Nothing At All” on the Grand Ole Opry, featuring Ricky Skaggs.
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