Carly Pearce kicked off the holidays by getting engaged to fellow country singer Michael Ray, and saying yes was easy.

In an interview with her record label, Big Machine Label Group, the "Closer to You" singer reveals how she knew Ray was 'the one' — they're so similar:

“Our grandfathers both played such key roles into our lives," Pearce tells her label. "The Pearce name is my grandfather — the red feather on my arm and my logo, all of that. Amos is his grandfather's name that he named his record after."

How'd They Get Together, Anyways? 

Pearce says she and Ray are "very old souls" and had a similar upbringing. It's the combination of these things — and others — that make their relationship work.

"Where we’re going, who we were raised by, how we were raised, what we value — we both have very old souls. I think what's important to us really lined up and what we prioritize and the kind of passions that we have," she adds. "We both are very driven people and our hearts are the same. I don't know how I explain that."

The old adage of finding someone who makes you a better person is true for Pearce now, but she admits she never fully understood the saying until she met Ray.

"That sentence of 'Find the person that makes you better,' I was always like, 'Well what does that even mean?' Because nobody I'm with, really, makes me better. I'm very independent," she explains. "So, I was always very against that statement 'cause I never understood what that meant. I get it now."

Ray proposed to Pearce on Dec. 19, 2018, while the couple was vacationing in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Pearce shared the news several days later, on Dec. 22, via social media.

"The man of my dreams got down on one knee earlier this week and asked me to be his wife," she said. "@Michaelraymusic you are the most precious example of God's timing & His love for me. WE ARE GETTIN MARRIED, BABY!"

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