The Band Perry
Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers Neil and Reid, the band has amassed over 10.9 million tracks sold from their platinum debut and gold sophomore release Pioneer, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and No. 2 All Genre. In addition to acclaim from top critics across the country, Pioneer has produced two consecutive No. 1 Country smashes - the platinum "Better Dig Two" and gold "Done.," which earned Neil and Reid their first chart-topper as songwriters.
The Perry kids moved to Mobile, Alabama with their parents after a childhood spent in Jackson, Mississippi. Kimberly started her first band at age 15, with 10-year-old Reid and eight-year-old Neil observing every rehearsal from the sidelines. “When the drummer and bassist would take a water break, they would jump on their instruments,” Kimberly recalls with a laugh. “They caught the fever immediately.” Reid and Neil started their own band, traveling with their family in a 36-foot motor home, playing modest shows in malls, campgrounds, and fairs.
“Sometimes there’d be more people onstage than there were in out in the crowd,” Kimberly says. “But our parents, who had no legitimate experience in the music industry, said, ‘We’re not going to allow you to have a fallback plan. You were born to do music. We’ll support you, we’ll help you figure it out. This is what you need to do with your life.’ That was really the moment the three of us joined forces as The Band Perry. All the friends I had been playing with become interested in other things. I needed a band and Reid and Neil needed a lead singer.”
Kimberly, Reid, and Neil spent the next 10 years traveling, performing, and honing their skills before signing with Universal Republic in 2009 and being catapulted into the spotlight with “If I Die Young.”
To this day, they are most comfortable onstage. “Just learning that craft made us feel comfortable when we started to book shows at the big arenas that we’re now getting to play,” Neil says.
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