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L to R: Neil Perry, Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry and Kristy Reeves (Red LightManagement)
The Band Perry Shares Career Experiences with
Belmont University Music Students During Special Master Class
Nashville, TN (October 24, 2014)
– 2014 CMA “Vocal Group of The Year” nominees, The Band Perry, took
time out of their busy touring and recording schedule last week to give a
Master Class at Belmont University’s School of Music in Nashville.
Massey Concert Hall as their backdrop, the sibling trio shared the
backstory on how they started in the music industry, which included
raising money for sound gear by selling homemade caramel apples door to
door and traveling around the southeast to play shopping malls,
campsites and restaurants. The band stressed the importance of
perseverance, a strong support system, and accepting constructive
criticism. They also mentioned the development of stage presence
in addition to technical skills.
reigning ACM “Vocal Group of The Year” shared their strategy on how
they grew “from a band to a brand,” encouraging students to find their
own voice and focus on what they do best and what makes them unique.
They also lent advice on coping with the rigors of breaking into the
music business, a challenge very familiar to many of the young
performers in the room. At the end of the hour, the band answered
questions from the students, and then treated the audience to an
impromptu acoustic performance of their quintessential hit, “If I Die
was great to have Kimberly, Reid and Neil speak to our music students,"
said Dr. Cynthia Curtis, Dean of The College of Visual and Performing
Arts. "Practical advice from professional musicians is an integral part
of our students' education, and we could not have scripted this Master
Class any better. The Band Perry offered our students real-life
information about what the combination of talent and hard work can
bring. Coming from an intelligent, accomplished and relatable act like
The Band Perry, this advice was exactly what our students needed to hear
as they begin to pursue their own professional careers."
ABOUT THE BAND PERRY
of the most dynamic acts in music today, The Band Perry has achieved
both massive mainstream success and major critical acclaim since
delivering their platinum self-titled debut. Introducing the sibling trio as a powerful new force on the country scene, 2010’s The Band Perry
offered up five hit singles, including the quintuple-platinum
chart-topper “If I Die Young” and other platinum hits – the #1 “All Your
Life” and “You Lie” – as well as “Hip to My Heart” and “Postcard from
Paris.” For the band’s gold-certified second album Pioneer,
frontwoman Kimberly Perry and her younger brothers Reid and Neil delved
deeper into an edgy, rock-and-roll-inspired sound while staying true to
their Southern roots. Featuring the platinum #1 single “Better Dig Two”
and the gold #1 “DONE.” (plus smash hits “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” and
“Chainsaw”), Pioneer found The Band Perry widening their appeal and continuing to showcase their breathtaking three-part harmonies.
recent years, The Band Perry has earned multiple awards from the likes
of The Academy of Country Music, The Country Music Association, CMT
Music Awards, and The American Country Awards. They have also received
nominations from The American Music Awards, The Billboard Music Awards,
and the Grammy Awards. Named Vocal Group of the Year by the ACM in 2014,
the group also kicked off the WE ARE PIONEERS WORLD TOUR in late 2013
and quickly established themselves as a global powerhouse. Their latest
single, a spirited rendition of Glen Campbell’s “Gentle on My Mind,”
also appears on the soundtrack for I’ll Be Me, a documentary about the country music legend. The band is currently at work on new music for their upcoming third album.The WE ARE PIONEERS WORLD TOUR continues through the end of the year.
(ABOVE RIGHT) L to R: Neil Perry, Henry Smiley (Coordinator of Commercial Music), Kimberly Perry, Dr. Cynthia Curtis (Dean, College of Visual & Performing Arts) and Reid Perry.