2019 CMA Awards: Inside Life as a Country Music Couple

The good, bad, and ugly of working with your spouse in the spotlight

Backstage at the 2019 CMA Awards, we talked with a few of Country music’s favorite couples and learned that there is a good, a bad, and an ugly side to sharing a job with your spouse. From the ones that have been doing it for over a decade like Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks and his Queen Trisha Yearwood, to newlywed stars Michael Ray and Carly Pearce, it takes a special level of support to be in the industry together.

“It’s a unique job,” Trisha Yearwood tells us in the exclusive video above. “Sometimes the only person who can really understand is someone who does the same thing you do. So I’m lucky that my best friend is also my husband.”

“The good is, you’re best friends before you ever got married,” Garth echoes when asked about his relationship with the “Every Girl in This Town” singer. “The bad is the jealousies that go on between you, because she gets to do stuff that I’m jealous of and I hope that I get to do stuff that she’s jealous of because you want to do it all, right?”

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“The bad is that you never see each other, I hate that,” smiles Carly Pearce as her new husband Michael Ray laughs beside her. The couple got married last month, but both had to quickly return to the road. “It’s really hard to balance two schedules, especially for people that are both working to get to that next point.”

“It’s really fun to love each other so much… but also to speak the same language,” Pearce points out as the benefit that outweighs the struggle. “This is a really weird industry to be a part of, and to be able to share it. I never thought, and I don’t think he ever thought, that we would marry Country artists, but also it is the best thing ever.”

“The ugly, is if we ever say anything bad about the other one’s music,” Garth adds with a smile. Sharing the same industry can mean a lot of support, but it can also be a cutting critique if not handled properly. Each of our Country couples shared the delicate dance of family feedback.

“As soon as we get a new demo, or a new cut of a music video, we’re always the first people that we show because we’re also very honest with each other” Kelsea Ballerini says of her husband Morgan Evans.

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Of all the Country couples, nobody has it quite like Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town, who have been married since 2006. “We give each other space,” Karen tells RADIO.COM about the days that they’re in the studio. “So that we don’t fuss at each other.”

It’s a tough but rewarding road being a Country music couple, and as Garth Brooks says, “a lot more good than bad and ugly.”

Make sure you check out all of our coverage of the 2019 CMA Awards.

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