Carly Pearce Teamed with Luke Combs to Write New Single, "I Hope You're Happy Now"

"Luke immediately just was able to kind of get there with me."

October 17, 2019
Luke Combs & Carly Pearce

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When it came time to write her new duet with Lee Brice, "I Hope You're Happy Now," Carly Pearce did not hesitate to open up to her co-writers, one of which was Luke Combs (with whom she shared the stage at the New Faces Show at the Country Radio Seminar last year).

“Luke knew my story. Luke was kind of around playing shows with me as it was going down," she shares in a statement from her label, as she recalls realizing she had feelings for her now-husband Michael Ray while she was still in a relationship with someone else. "I’m a girl’s guy so it was actually not that hard for me to be like, ‘Hey, so I really did some bad exiting, very abrupt to this person.’ 

"So I just started to tell them like, ‘I’m so in love right now. But I totally, for 6 months to a year, knew I wasn’t happy in this other relationship but blamed – oh, my schedule. I’ll do it eventually, I’ll do it eventually,' and I just kind of ran away from it as my career was taking off. 

"And Luke immediately just was able to kind of get there with me. I’m not sure if he’s felt something on one side or not, but we very much talked about relationships. And he had the idea of, ‘Man it would be so crazy to have a guy, like let me play this role of this guy that’s mad at you.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, alright, okay.’

"And literally they just started playing that groove, and my first verse just fell out of my mouth, like in under a minute. Like it just happened.”

Watch the lyric video for "I Hope You're Happy Now" here: