This past Friday night, New York’s Country 94.7 celebrated their first Up Close & Country of the decade with a special Radio.com event at Chelsea Music Hall. Winning your way in was the only way to catch this special performance from superstars Carly Pearce, Michael Ray, and Jake Owen.
Pearce is gearing up to release her sophomore, self-titled album next month but took the time to perform some fan favorites from her debut album, including “Doin It Right”, and “Every Little Thing”. She also performed two previously released songs including “Heart’s Going Out Of Its Mind” and her current single, a duet with Lee Brice, “Hope Your Happy Now”. The former, Pearce explained that she wrote just a few days after her first date with Michael Ray and she told her cowriters that she was “totally going to marry him”. The latter is currently climbing up the country radio charts and fans were singing along with the songstress.
It was such a treat for fans to get to see the newlyweds on the same bill. Michael Ray took the stage next, so grateful for the chance to perform during this special night thanks to the radio station and thanked each member of their team. Ray who has a ton of hits in his career so far sang “Kiss You In The Morning”, and his number one song, “One That Got Away”. He also welcomed his beautiful wife back to the stage for a stirring duet of Alison Krauss’ “When You Say Nothing At All”. Watching their chemistry on stage was spectacular. His current single, “Her World Or Mine” had the audience singing along as he emoted true heartbreak.
Finally, Jake Owen took the stage to perform some of his biggest songs, including the past decade’s most-played country song “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”. Owen took time out during his set to talk to the small group of fans, ask them what they wanted to hear and even sang “Happy Birthday” to one lucky audience member. He threw it back to one of his earlier albums with “Alone With You”, and “The One That Got Away”. He also performed a few songs from his most recent album, “Down To The Honky Tonk”, “Drink All Day”, and his current single “Home Made” which he explained was written about his grandparents who are 97 and 95 years old and have been married for 72 years.
Owen even performed the impromptu song he wrote after watching The Bachelor “Alabama Hannah” which went viral on social media after he posted it. His energy, honesty when explaining each song and his banter with the audience made for a great night and the perfect way to kick off the radio station’s events for 2020.
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