The Band Perry celebrated their very first #1 Hit “If I Die Young” yesterday, at their very first #1 party on Music Row…and I got to help them celebrate it! I enjoyed spending time with them…and was so impressed by each of them! Even though Kimberly wrote the song by herself, it was a celebration for Neil and Reid, too...and the entire Perry family, for their 10 years of hard work and support for their career. Their mom was at the #1 party...I didn't get a chance to speak to her, and I'm bummed about that. I know that those three talented kids are a product of some incredible parents.
A couple of hours before the party yesterday, I got an email, telling me that Kimberly was sick and having some trouble with her voice. I was expecting to read “the party’s been cancelled”…but nope…Kimberly wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of the fun. And this wasn’t just her moment…it was a big deal for all 3 of them.
When talking to them…first of all Kimberly didn’t act sick at all...and I thought this would be a chance for Neil and Reid to get their 2 cents in while Kimberly wasn’t able to talk! : ) But Kimberly was just as spunky as ever! And theirs isn't the typical sibling relationship...at least they don't bicker and fight like I did with my brother and sister....Kimberly, Neil and Reid are a great combination and balance for each other. They all get along.
But what impressed me most about The Band Perry is the relationship they have with their fans. That proved to be true when watching the fans' reaction to their song, "If I Die Young"...when they performed it last week at the ACM Showcase taping at the Ryman. Fans sang along with tears in their eyes. Clearly, that song connects on an emotional level with their fans....
"If I Die Young" has also just been nominated for a Grammy for Country Song of the Year. So it's also connecting with their peers...AND like Neil says, "The Grammys is like the Super Bowl of Awards Shows"....It's a big deal! : )
Congratulations Kimberly, Neil and Reid...for an incredible debut year for The Band Perry!!