GRAMMY-nominated country trio the Band Perry recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. The band discussed how they discovered they had been nominated for the 2011 Best New Artist GRAMMY at "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" and performing on the special, recording their 2013 sophomore album, Pioneer, and plans for their forthcoming third studio album.
"We were kind of in the belly of the arena [at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live], [in the dressing room] doing hair and makeup," said Kimberly Perry regarding the band's first GRAMMY nomination. "And we were watching the TV feed and our name was called and we had a mini shout fest. I'm surprised they didn't hear us on TV."
Hailing from Mobile, Ala., the Band Perry comprises siblings Kimberly Perry (vocals/guitar/piano), Reid Perry (bass) and Neil Perry (drums/mandolin/accordion). After singing together and performing separately in various bands throughout their childhood, the Perry's formed the trio in summer 2005. In 2008 the Band Perry met Garth Brooks' manager Bob Doyle, with whom they worked on recordings that caught the attention of label executives Scott Borchetta and Jimmy Harnen at Republic Nashville.
In 2010 the band released their self-titled debut album, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and featured the Top 20 hit "If I Die Young," which earned Kimberly Perry a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Song. The Band Perry released Pioneer in 2013, which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of the hits "Chainsaw," "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" and "Done."
With plans underway to record their third studio album, the Band Perry are currently on tour throughout the United States, with dates scheduled through October.