The Band Perry is an American music group composed of siblings Kimberly Perry (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Reid Perry (bass guitar, background vocals), and Neil Perry (mandolin, drums, accordion, background vocals). They signed to Republic Nashville in August 2009 and released their self-titled debut album on October 12, 2010. From this album, "If I Die Young" reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts and has been certified 6x multi-platinum.[43][44] Their second album, Pioneer, was released April 2, 2013. It produced additional number one singles in "Better Dig Two" and "Done", plus the top 10 hits "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" and "Chainsaw". In the spring of 2016, the trio parted ways with the Big Machine Label Group and later signed to Interscope Records. In July 2016, Neil, Reid, and Kimberly appeared on Celebrity Family Feud.


2005–09: Formation and early career

Kimberly Perry sang in her own band as a teenager with her brothers Neil and Reid working as roadies.[45] At ages 8 and 10, the brothers began performing as an opening act, the Mobile Music Machines, for Kimberly.[45] Once they had united to form as "The Band Perry", they joined a New Faces of Country tour in 2005.[45][8] In 2008, they were discovered by Garth Brooks' manager Bob Doyle, who helped them make recordings that were sent to Scott Borchetta, head of the newly established Republic Nashville label. They signed to Republic Nashville in August 2009 and released their debut single "Hip to My Heart".[45][4] All three members wrote it with Brett Beavers. The song peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot Country chart.[43] A self-titled extended play followed in April.[10]

2010–14: The Band Perry and Pioneer

After "Hip to My Heart" fell from the charts, the Band Perry released their second single, "If I Die Young", written by Kimberly. "If I Die Young" and "Hip to My Heart" are on the band's self-titled debut album, released on October 12, 2010. The album was produced by Paul Worley and Nathan Chapman.[4] "If I Die Young" reached No. 1 on the country music chart, and No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.[43] The album's third single, "You Lie", was written by Brian Henningsen, Aaron Henningsen, and Clara Henningsen. It debuted in December 2010 and hit No. 2 in 2011. After it, "All Your Life" reached number 1 in February 2012, and "Postcard from Paris" reached number 6. The album sold 1.6 million copies.[3]

In mid-2012, the band began working with producer Rick Rubin on their second album, Pioneer,[12] which was released on April 2, 2013.[46][47] The album's first single, "Better Dig Two", was released to country radio on October 30, 2012. The album's second single, "Done", charted in March 2013 ahead of its release date, reaching number 8 on the Hot Country chart.[43] It reached number 1 on the Country Airplay chart in August 2013.[43] Pioneer ended up being produced by Dann Huff and became the group's first number one on the Top Country Albums chart in addition to reaching the number two spot on the all-genre Billboard 200.[43] The album's third single, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely", was released to country radio on August 26, 2013. It reached number 2 on the Country Airplay chart in February 2014.[43] The album's fourth single, "Chainsaw", which was originally recorded by the group Old Dominion, was released to country radio on March 3, 2014. The song peaked at number 10 on Country Airplay.[43] Later that year, they recorded a cover of the Glen Campbell hit, "Gentle on My Mind", for the documentary about the singer titled Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, which was released as a standalone single. The band performed in the pre-game show of Super Bowl XLVIII, on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

2015–present: Label change, My Bad Imagination and transition to pop

On August 14, 2015, the band released their new single called "Live Forever", the first single off their upcoming third studio album. One of the musicians they collaborated with on "Live Forever" is pop producer RedOne (Lady Gaga, Enrique Iglesias). The music video for it premiered on August 15, 2015 on CMT. On March 1, 2016, the Band Perry parted ways with their record label, Republic Nashville.[37] Billboard announced on May 12, 2016, that the band had signed with Interscope Records.[3] According to the magazine, the Band Perry is transitioning to pop music but will continue releasing select singles to the country format through sister label UMG Nashville.[15] Their third studio album, tentatively titled Heart + Beat, was to have included material recorded while the trio was signed to Republic Nashville (including "Live Forever") as well as new songs.[15] The band later shot down rumors that they were "going pop". The Band Perry stated that the main reason they signed with Interscope was so that their music could be distributed to other formats of radio, besides country.[48] The Band Perry released their next single, "Comeback Kid", to country radio on August 1, 2016, through Mercury Nashville.[33]

On February 2, 2017, the band announced the title of their third album, My Bad Imagination. Unlike their previous two albums, this one will be pop. They said, "Creating it has been the most exciting thing we've ever done."[49] Another Mercury single, "Stay in the Dark", followed in 2017.

Personal lives

Kimberly Marie Perry was born on July 12, 1983, in Jackson, Mississippi.[50] On September 30, 2013, Kimberly became engaged to J.P. Arencibia, at that time a catcher with the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball.[51] They were married on June 12, 2014 in Greeneville, Tennessee.[19] Reid Hogan Perry was born on November 17, 1988.[52] Kimberly and her brothers are the niece and nephews of baseball author and journalist Dayn Perry.


The Band Perry started their November tour in September by putting on a concert to benefit Heifer International and their fight to end global hunger.

They gained positive publicity after offering to cover the burial expenses for the funerals of nine people (a mother and eight of her children) killed in an accidental house fire in the Greenville, Kentucky area, in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. The band is also paying the costs of family members' hotel expenses while the father and the surviving daughter are being treated for burns at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. They've also volunteered their time to support Alzheimer's research [21]



  • We Are Pioneers World Tour with Lindsay Ell & Easton Corbin (2013-14).[53]
  • My Bad Imagination Pop-Up Shows (2017). The tour, announced early 2017, is meant to be a special glimpse into the band's new direction as a pop group, breaking away from their country roots. The venues were chosen to be small and intimate, a thank you to fans for their patience and dedication as the band worked out their new sound. As of February 2017, the band has plans to "show it to the rest of the world next." The album My Bad Imagination is expected to be released sometime in 2017.[54]

Awards and nominations

2010Country Music Association AwardsVocal Group of the Year[22]Nominated
American Country AwardsNew/Breakthrough Artist of the Year[25]Nominated
Duo/Group of the Year[25]Nominated
201153rd Grammy AwardsBest Country Song — "If I Die Young"[33]Nominated
Academy of Country Music AwardsTop New Vocal Duo or Group[29]Won
Top New Artist[59]Won
Top Vocal Group[14]Nominated
Single Record of the Year — "If I Die Young"[14]Nominated
Song of the Year — "If I Die Young"[14]Nominated
2011 Billboard Music AwardsTop Country Song — "If I Die Young"[19]Nominated
CMT Music AwardsVideo of the Year — "If I Die Young"[60]Nominated
Group Video of the Year — "If I Die Young"[60]Nominated
USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year — "If I Die Young"[60]Won
Nationwide Insurance On Your Side Award[60]Won
2011 Teen Choice AwardsChoice Music: Country Single — "If I Die Young"[32]Nominated
Choice Music: Country Group[32]Nominated
Inspirational Country Music AwardsInspirational Video — "If I Die Young"[52]Nominated
Country Music Association AwardsNew Artist of the Year[33]Won
Vocal Group of the Year[33]Nominated
Single of the Year — "If I Die Young"[33]Won
Song of the Year — "If I Die Young"[33]Won
Music Video of the Year — "If I Die Young"[33]Nominated
American Music AwardsSprint New Artist of the Year[44]Nominated
Country Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group[203]Nominated
Country Music: Favorite Album — The Band Perry[203]Nominated
American Country AwardsArtist of the Year: Duo or Group[38]Nominated
Artist of the Year: New Artist[38]Nominated
Single of the Year: Duo or Group — "You Lie"[38]Nominated
Single of the Year: New Artist — "You Lie"[38]Nominated
Music Video: Duo, Group or Collaboration — "You Lie"[38]Nominated
Music Video: New Artist — "You Lie"[38]Nominated
201254th Grammy AwardsBest New Artist[44]Nominated
Academy of Country Music AwardsVocal Group of The Year[61]Nominated
2012 Billboard Music AwardsTop Country Album: The Band PerryNominated
CMT Music AwardsGroup Video of The Year – "All Your Life"[44]Nominated
2012 Teen Choice AwardsCountry Group[44]Nominated
Country Music Association AwardsVocal Group of the YearNominated
American Country AwardsArtist of the Year: GroupNominated
Single of the Year: Group- "All Your Life"Nominated
Music Video of the Year: Group- "All Your Life"Nominated
2013British Country Music Association AwardsInternational Act of the YearNominated
Academy of Country Music AwardsTop Vocal GroupWon
CMT Music AwardsGroup Video of the Year - "Better Dig Two"Nominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Music: Break-Up Song- "DONE."Nominated
Choice Music: Country GroupNominated
2014ACM AwardsVocal Group of the YearWon
CMT AwardsGroup Video of the Year - "DONE."Won
CMT Performance Video of the Year - "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light 'Em Up)" w/(Fall Out Boy)Nominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Music: Country GroupNominated
CMA AwardsVocal Group of the YearNominated
2015People's Choice AwardsFavorite Country GroupNominated
57th Grammy AwardsBest Country Duo/Group Performance – "Gentle on My Mind"Won
ACM AwardsVocal Group of the YearNominated
CMA AwardsNominated
2016People's Choice AwardsFavorite Country GroupNominated
2017People's Choice AwardsFavorite Country Group[44]Nominated