By Alexandra Gutierrez
As the lights dim, screams fill the arena. People can be seen walking on stage and with the lights still low, music blasts and the crowd roars.
Fresh off their Grammy tribute with Glen Campbell and Blake Shelton, siblings Kimberly, Neil and Reid made their first stop, center stage, at the AT&T Center on Feb. 15 for the biggest crowd of their careers, they say.
Oldest sibling, Kimberly, sings lead and strums guitar. Reid harmonizes while playing bass and Neil sings, too, and plays the mandolin. Kimberly claims she’s the “spitfire” of the group while her brothers are the “hopeless romantics.” Together, they are The Band Perry.
The band performed with much enthusiasm on songs such as their No. 1 hits, “If I Die Young” and “All Your Life,” as well as the American favorites “American Pie,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and “Fat Bottom Girls” all with a personal, country spin. They even gave the crowd a sneak peek at a new, potential hit song, “It Burns for You,” that the fans enjoyed. Even though they performed their big hits, personal favorites, and songs known nation-wide, their version of “Free Fallin’” seemed to score pretty big and had everyone in the crowd singing along.
Though the trio has been featured on the Grammys, success isn’t news in their book. Their one and only self-titled album has gone platinum, they performed on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, they were nominated for “Best New Artist” at the Grammy’s, have had two No. 1 hits, and most recently, they’ve nominated for “Vocal Group of the Year” at the American Country Music Awards.
“You have changed our lives,” Kimberly said to the crowd with a dose of southern charm. Through all their fame success, the Perrys haven’t taken anything for granted, and it seems that they have no intentions of changing that.