Carly Pearce will sing the national anthem at the 149th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve on Saturday, May 6, 2023.
Carly is the thirteenth major artist to perform the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the iconic horse race. Expected to reach more than 16 million fans worldwide, the performance will take place just after 5:00 p.m. EDT and be broadcast live as part of NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage.
Pearce posted to Instagram, “Being from Kentucky, this is a major bucket list moment for me! I’m so excited to announce I will be performing the National Anthem at the 149th @kentuckyderby. Tune in to NBC on May 6 to catch my performance ahead of the Run for the Roses. @churchilldowns #KentuckyDerby #ChurchillDowns #KD149 #KentuckyDerby149 #NationalAnthem #KyDerby.”
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Pearce recently made her 100th performance at the Grand Ole Opry (4/11) since making her debut in 2015.
The special set from Carly closed out the night at the Opry and featured many surprise special guest performances. Ashley McBryde joined Pearce to perform their GRAMMY Award-winning hit “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” while fellow Kentucky native Ricky Skaggs performed a rendition of Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”
The Isaacs’ Ben and Sonja Isaacs lent their voices on her “Easy Going” performance while Lady A’s Charles Kelley joined Carly for her second No. 1 “I Hope You’re Happy Now.” The two first performed the song together at the 54th Annual CMA Awards in November 2020 when Lee Brice, who originally sang on the song, was sick and could not perform.
Pearce performed her most recent No. 1 song, “What He Didn’t Do,” solo and was also honored with plaques backstage before her set by executives from Big Machine Label Group, Opry Entertainment, and RIAA commemorating the song’s RIAA platinum certification.