The Band Perry Celebrates First No. 1

From left: Jimmy Harnen, President of Republic Nashville; Reid Perry, Kimberly Perry, Neil Perry; and Scott Borchetta, CEO of Big Machine Label Group photo by KENDRA GENE MOTYCKA

Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry, better known as the sibling trio The Band Perry, celebrated the success of their first No. 1 song, "If I Die Young," with a party at Nashville's BMI offices yesterday (Jan. 24). The past year has been a whirlwind of ace opportunities and accolades for the trio, including touring slots with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, and several award nominations.

"I feel like it feels like solid ground beneath our feet," Kimberly told reporters of their first No. 1 song.  "I know that it's just one No. 1 under our belts at this point, but it is something. Artists recognize us more now, everybody at radio and fans, and it is a boost of confidence." In addition to accolades from BMI, the trio received trophies from the Country Music Association and the Country Radio Broadcasters. Scott Borchetta, CEO of the trio's record label home, Republic Nashville, was also on hand to congratulate the the group on its success.

"If I Die Young" also garnered a Grammy nomination for Kimberly, who wrote the song solo. "One thing that we never thought we'd get to say out loud in the same sentence is 'The Band Perry' and 'Grammy nomination.' We are headed out so we're pulling together wardrobe right now," said Kimberly. "I think one thing we're most excited about is to represent country music and Nashville, because of course it's an all-genre show, and it's wonderful to be ambassadors for our little piece of the world in music, and we're really excited to be part of that. It's an honor."

The trio won't have much time to contemplate their song success. They are gearing up for a 2011 tour with Tim, which is especially rewarding for the trio. "We met him in the middle of the CMA Awards," said Kimberly. "He and Faith [Hill] were hanging out backstage, and I have to say this... we've gotten to meet so many of our heroes over the last year, but I was speechless and starstruck when I met Tim McGraw. Maybe it was that moment, that night or his presence as an artist, but the whole moment, I was speechless."

For Kimberly, Reid and Neil, their success marks the culmination of years of hard work for the siblings. "In some respects I don't know that we know anything other than that," Kimberly told reporters. "We've been on the road together since I was 15 and Neil was 8, and they were this tall with their little bowl cuts. We've worked really hard together and it's an interesting dynamic to be both business partners and family. In one respect, we say we know each other like the back of our hands and we can help each other make decisions and speak for each other when the others are not around, which is a beautiful part of it, and if Reid is out of hand, we can use the back of our hands on him," she joked. "Our family poured a lot of financial support, spiritual support and financial support into the last decade, so truly today is like the pinnacle moment, a celebration of a lot of hard work as a family."

All that hard work hasn't completely prevented them from keeping up with their favorite sports team in hopes of seeing the team win the Super Bowl. "Go Steelers!" said Neil excitedly when asked about the upcoming game. "We actually got to sing the national anthem at a Steelers game this year," said Kimberly. "It happened to be one that they lost, so I'm not sure The Band Perry is a good luck charm. I don't think it helped them out at all. But we're going to go for the Steelers, 'cause we got to meet a lot of those guys, so that's where we're casting our lot," said Kimberly. So far this trio's gambles have been mostly right, so we'll see if that holds true in Dallas.

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