Siblings Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry of The Band Perry grew up dreaming of playing music together as a family band. “We just had to wait for the right time to come,” says Kimberly. “And that moment was five years ago in the Carolinas.” Kimberly and her brothers share their story of a tight-knit family evolving into one of country music’s hottest new acts in Introducing: The Band Perry, Tuesday, October 12 at 9:30 p.m./Eastern on GAC. Viewers will get a glimpse of life on the road, in the studio and on the set of their music video as well as a look at their Greeneville, Tenn., hometown.
The Perry’s earliest musical memory is of listening to “A Prairie Home Companion” at home each Saturday night followed by a two hour bluegrass radio show. “We always knew we would be a family band at some point and we grew up playing with each other in churches and around the house,” says youngest brother, Neil. “It was just a matter of time until we were as tall as Kimberly!” Fans will be treated to classic home movies and photographs of the siblings as small children, images that reflect a very happy childhood. “Our parents always taught us to be gracious to one another,” Kimberly notes.
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The group began working on what would become their debut album, recording seven tracks long before they got a record deal. “We recorded the first seven tracks so that we could go in and show them (labels) who we wanted to be.” Republic Nashville President Jimmy Harnen recalls the label’s first meeting with The Band Perry. “They came in to play and just lighted up. I said to Scott (Borchetta, label founder), ‘We’ve got to offer these guys a deal and he’s like, ‘Oh, yeah!’”
Aside from tight harmonies and adept skills on acoustic guitar, mandolin and bass, The Band Perry also wrote or co-wrote all but two of the 11 tracks on their debut disc, The Band Perry, which hits streets October 12. “My favorite part about writing the album together was because it belongs to each one of the three of us,” Kimberly says.
Younger brother Reid adds, “We like to write a lot in our basement and those writing sessions evolve from practices where one of us will start playing an idea and then the other two will fall inline and start adding their parts.” The trio agrees that lyrically, they’re influenced by literature, especially southern gothic and writers like William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor.
Describing their music as a modern throwback with traditional instrumentation and 3-part harmonies, the band’s current hit, “If I Die Young,” is also their favorite track on the album. “It was a statement of contentment and a reminder to us and our fans that whether you’re on the planet for two years or 20 or 200, if you’re living big and loving big, it will be just enough.”
While the band continues to adjust to life as a touring act, they’re enjoying every step of the way. “I think any time you’re faced with such a demanding schedule and are in such close quarters, you learn a whole heck of a lot about yourself,” Kimberly says. “It’s our desire to be better people and better musicians; when both of those things unite, that’s the next place of arrival.”