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article imageInterview with The Band Perry: 'Pioneer' Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 28, 2013 in Entertainment
On May 22, The Band Perry chatted via telephone with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos. The country group opened up about their new album “Pioneer,” their musical career and their touring dates.
Throughout their career in country, they have won multiple awards by the Academy of Country Music (ACM), Country Music Association (CMA), as well as the CMT Music awards; moreover, they have garnered two Grammy nominations for “Best Country Song” for “If I Die Young” in 2011, as well as for “Best New Artist” in 2012. They have catapulted into mainstream radio thanks to the success of their quadruple-platinum breakthrough single “If I Die Young,” which was written solely by Kimberly Perry.
In 2011, “If I Die Young” topped the charts on country and adult contemporary radio and it was subsequently named “Single of the Year” and “Song of the Year” by the CMA.
The country trio of siblings is made up of Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry. Their latest studio album, “Pioneer” was released on April 2, via their record label, Republic Nashville. It was produced by Dann Huff and they co-wrote nine out of twelve songs on the album. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Albums charts, as well as No. 2 on the Billboard 200 all-genre album charts, thus selling well over 130,000 units in its first week. “That was really exciting, especially coming off the heels of our first album,” Kimberly said. “We are certainly thrilled to have the opportunity to make a second album.”
“Pioneer” features their chart-topping, spitfire lead single “Better Dig Two,” as well as their newest single “DONE.,” which is already a Top 10 hit on country radio. “‘DONE.’ was actually the last song that we wrote for ‘Pioneer.’ It was our last minute baby,” Neil revealed. “It’s a very definitive song,” Kimberly added.
The Band Perry recently performed “DONE.” on the top reality singing competition, “American Idol,” with top 5 finalist, country songstress Janelle Arthur.
They also delivered one of the most talked-about performances at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, where they belted out “Better Dig Two.” “We spent several weeks rehearsing for this performance. My favorite part of it was the little drum part that the three of us did at the end. We are working on making that a part of our live set,” Reid said. “When we were writing ‘Pioneer’ we always had an image of a marching band in our mind, so we decided to bring that to life at this year’s Billboard awards with ‘Better Dig Two.’”
They also honored Tim McGraw by performing for him on the CBS special, “ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night.” “The three of us had the opportunity to play on the Tim McGraw special which was really exciting since we opened for him two summers ago and it was one of our favorite tours to be on. Tim is a really great guy and it was really good to perform on that stage and honor him that night,” Neil shared.
During the week of their CD release, they performed for “Live on Letterman” at the Ed Sullivan Theater and at the iHeartRadio Theater, presented by P.C. Richard and Son. “David Letterman is such an institution,” Kimberly acknowledged. “I remember going to bed as a kid and watching that late night show. It was a really wonderful thing to be a part of. It was a real thrill for us.”
Presently, they are nominated for the 2013 CMT Music Award for “Group Video of the Year” for “Better Dig Two,” along with their fellow nominees Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts and the Zac Brown Band. “We are really excited about this nomination and we love that it is fan-voted as well. That particular music video was interesting because we filmed it at 1 a.m.,” Reid said.
They are also featured musical guests on Rascal Flatts’ “Live and Loud” tour this summer and they are expected to play at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, situated in Long Island, New York on May 31. “We are going to be playing a ton of the new music from ‘Pioneer.’ The cool thing about having a new record to play is that it’s really a burst of energy into our live performance. We work really hard every time we hit the stage, so it’s going to be a great night,” Kimberly said.
As of Feb. 26, 2013, their single “Better Dig Two” has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for sales in excess of 1 million units. “It was really exciting for the three of us since it was our first single from the second album and it gave us a lot of confidence in that we are going in the right direction musically,” Neil remarked. “It was our first single to go No. 1 in Canada so we were stoked about that as well.”
Kimberly revealed that the title cut is her personal favorite track on the album. “We worked this song into our new set and it’s a really tangible moment when we play it live. It talks about our future and the fact that there are so many things to be discovered and so many good things to be done,” she said. “It’s a really special lyric.”
Reid selected “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” as his favorite tune. “It talks about a particular moment. Our goal is to give people a reprise from the hardship of their lives and that song allows us to do that as a band,” Reid said.
Neil chose the current single “DONE.” as his favorite since they utilize it to open their shows.
Kimberly added that she is drawn to the lyrics of the closing track “End of Time” and that they wrote the poignant ballad “Mother Like Mine,” to pay tribute to their mother, Marie Perry.
Kimberly Perry noted that she would love to someday collaborate with such male artists as Jay Z and Justin Timberlake. “I love Jay Z’s music and I have a lot of respect for what he does,” she stated.
Their CD is offered at Target stores as an exclusive deluxe edition, which features four additional songs, which include “Gonna Be OK,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Lucky Ones,” as well as “Peaches and Caroline.”
Particularly impressive about The Band Perry is that they personally autographed 22,222 of these deluxe editions that are available at Target.
The Band Perry closed our interview by sharing their definition of the word success. “Success means getting better and better. I don’t think there will ever be a time where we say ‘oh we’ve made it’ since at that point, you have stopped reaching for it. We will continue to write songs and play live and we will work on getting better as humans every day,” Kimberly concluded.
For more information on The Band Perry and their new music, visit their official website.
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