The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry Makes Major Career Announcement
“I feel so seen – finally,” she says.
Kimberly Perry; Photo by Claire Schaper
Kimberly Perry is officially beginning the next chapter of her career as a solo artist.
On Monday, March 27, Perry and her siblings reveled they were splitting up their musical group, The Band Perry. Just one week later, the singer/songwriter has announced her newly inked deal with RECORDS Nashville/Columbia Records.
“From the moment I met the team at RECORDS, their appreciation for my journey and my vision for the future as a solo artist has been overwhelming,” Perry shared in a press release. “Everything came together so organically, and it felt right from the very start.”
She went on to reflect on her journey since kickstarting her career in country music and moving to Music City.
“I have wanted to live in Nashville since I was eight years old, but I only recently got to officially plant roots here. Being in this town of amazing, creative people for the past year brought me full circle to my original passions – country music and sharing meaningful stories. I am so lucky to have found such a wonderful and welcoming community here, and I feel equally lucky to have found the perfect partner in RECORDS to get my new music out to the fans.”
In delivering the news to social media, Perry received plenty of words of encouragement as she takes the next step in finding her sound as a solo artist.
“A good home nurtures you, comforts you, and helps you grow by challenging your ideas while still supporting your dreams. That’s what @recordsco is for me and my solo voice. I feel so seen – finally. 🙏,” the GRAMMY-award winner wrote in the caption.
The RECORDS team shared that they are just as excited to welcome her to the team.
RECORDS Founder and C.E.O. Barry Weiss said, “We’re so excited at RECORDS Nashville to welcome Kimberly Perry as a solo artist with her return to country music.”
“We are thrilled about the honor of working with one of the most recognizable artists in country music. Kimberly has made some incredible music for her solo country debut, and we can’t wait to share it with the world,” added RECORDS Nashville EVP Promo & Commercial Strategy Josh Easler and RECORDS Nashville EVP Joe Fisher.
Before signing as a solo artist, Perry began to tease forthcoming new music through a series of black and white images posted to her Instagram feed.
“Spring things are happening…” she wrote.
In whatever fashion the new music comes, it will mark Perry’s first release as a solo artist since her and her siblings, Reid, and Neil Perry revealed that The Band Perry will no longer be performing together.
“To our TBP friends and family,” they wrote in a statement to their fans. “We wanted to let you know that the three of us have decided to take a creative break as a group and each focus on our individual creative pursuits.”
They went on to thank those who supported them along the way and shared a promise to support each other in their separate endeavors.
“During this season we will continue to support each other as artists and family in all we do. Thank you for making our childhood dreams come true!”
In conclusion, they wrote, “Love you all” and signed the letter Kimberly, Reid, and Neil.
Kimberly Perry is responsible for forming The Band Perry. At the time, she was performing in a band while her siblings served as her roadies. This eventually led them to take the stage together and build their act until getting discovered by by Bob Doyle, Garth Brooks’ manager. With Doyle’s help, the trio began to see their dreams come true, as he helped get their music in the hands of Scott Borchetta, who was the head of the new Nashville-based label, Republic Nashville.
Ultimately, the group signed with Borchetta and burst onto the country music scene in 2009 with their debut single, “Hip To My Heart.” The breakout track landed in the Top 20 at country radio and paved the way for the trio to release “If I Die Young.”
Penned solely by Kimberly Perry, “If I Die Young” became The Band Perry’s most successful song. It was released on June 8, 2010, and went on to claim the No.1 spot at country radio. It was nominated for a slew of awards, including Best Country Song at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards, Single of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards, and won Single of the Year and Song of the at the 2011 CMA Awards. The song is now certified 7x platinum by the RIAA.
In 2015, The Band Perry released the song “Live Forever.” The song would ultimately become the trio’s last single as part of The Big Machine Label Group. In 2016, The Band Perry parted ways with the label and Billboard later announced that the group was now signed with Interscope Records.
Throughout their run, the band released several more successful singles including “You Lie,” “All Your Life,” “Postcard From Paris,” and a cover of Glen Campbell’s “Gentle On My Mind.” Their rendition was recorded as part of the 2014 documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. Then, the band’s sophomore album, Pioneer, presented chart-topping hits like “Better Dig Two,” “Done,” Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” and “Chainsaw.”
In 2015, The Band Perry released “Live Forever,” which would ultimately become the trio’s last single as part of The Big Machine Label Group. Soon after, they parted ways with the label and Billboard later announced that the group was now signed with Interscope Records.
Inking this new deal allowed the trio to experiment with their sound and venture into the pop world. Under the new label, they released 2016’s “Comeback Kid” along with “Stay in the Dark” and “The Good Life.” These songs did not land within the Top 40.
While it’s unclear what the other two band members have in story for their careers, Reid expressed that he “Can’t wait to show you everything that’s happening.” Neil has yet to share an update in regards to his solo journey, but per his last Instagram post, he is enjoying his engagement with his fiancée, Sofia Rose.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.