Carly Pearce and Michael Ray's relationship is flourishing, and they've already gotten a thumbs up from Mom and Dad.

“I’m definitely a mama’s girl," Pearce tells Taste of Country while recalling the day that her new boyfriend got the stamp of approval from her parents. "She knew I had a crush on him.”

The crush between the country hitmakers began earlier this year, while both participated in the CRS New Faces of Country Music Show in Nashville. After Pearce shared some hints on Instagram that she had her eyes on Ray (she "slid into his DMs"), the "Hide the Wine" singer decided to invite him via text to her No. 1 party for "Every Little Thing."

"It took me a few days to press send," Pearce admits with a laugh. "It was one of those things that once I put it out there, I couldn’t go back."

Carly Pearce Spills All on Dating Michael Ray

Ray did end up attending the event, which Pearce says "was a very good sign." But next thing she knew, her mom was walking toward him.

“She went up to him and said, ‘Hi Michael,’” the singer recalls, “She tells him that, ‘My daughter would kill me if she knew I was talking to you.' My dad even told me to date him. My family definitely gave him the stamp of approval that night."

Since officially revealing their relationship in July of this year, Pearce says that she feels that meeting and dating Ray came at just the right time.

“I know that at 30 years old, I had kept my personal life pretty private,” she shares. “I used to wonder why some of my past relationships didn’t work out. They just weren’t my person. (Ray) came into my life very much right on time.”

Both Pearce's personal and professional lives are in a good place. This week, she shared on her social media channels that she has started working on new music:

Pearce says she is loving her time out with Luke Bryan on the What Makes You Country Tour alongside fellow opener Jon Pardi.

“Jon just ran by my tour bus,” laughs Pearce during our phone interview. “But yep, I’m having a blast. (Luke) is the sweetest person. He is so kind. It’s still unbelievable that I am out on the road with him."

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