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Who is the father of The Band Perry?

Updated on July 25, 2013

Is The Band Perry related to Steve Perry of Journey? How about Katy Perry?

In a word: No.

There's been some confusion over the identity of the parents of the country music sensations The Band Perry. Reid, Neil and Kimberly Perry are brothers and a sister -- all children of parents named Steve and Marie Perry.

But this is not the Steve Perry of Journey. Their father, who has the same name, is a pediatrician originally from Moss Point, Mississippi.

And as to Katy Perry, she's not the missing member of The Band Perry either.

The Band Perry
The Band Perry

The Band Perry's Family Background

The Band Perry is a trio of 20-something siblings - Kimberly, Reid and baby Neil Perry - from Ridgeland, Miss., where Faith Hill was born. Now they're touring with Faith's husband, Tim McGraw. Small world, huh?

Let's start with their ages: Kimberly is the oldest at 28; Reid, follows at 23; and Neil's the baby at age 21. In photo from left to right: Reid, Kimberly, Neil

Meet The Band Perry:

1983 ..... Kimberly Marie Perry was born on July 12, 1983 in Jackson, Mississippi

1988 ..... Reid Hogan Perry was born on November 17, 1988 in Jackson, Mississippi

1990 ..... Neil Clark Perry was born on July 23, 1990 in Jackson, Mississippi

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Perry Parents

Charles Stephen Perry, M.D. & Marie Perry

Dad: Charles Stephen "Steve" Perry, M.D.

Grew up ..... Moss Point, Mississippi

His Parents..... Dad: Rev. Bobby Perry, a Baptist minister and Mom: Sue Perry

College ..... William Carey College, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Medical School ..... University of Mississippi Medical School (UMC), Grad. 1983, Jackson, Mississippi

Specialty ..... Pediatrics, Completed in 1986

Pediatrics Practices

1980s ~ Ridgeland, Mississippi

1990s ~ Grand Bay Medical Center, Grand Bay, Alabama

Current ~ Greene Mountain Pediatrics, Greeneville, Tennessee

Childhood

The Band Perry is true to their Southern roots: after all, in their short lives they've lived in 3 different states in the Deep South.

Birth to 1996 ..... Jackson, Mississippi area

They started out in Mississippi, where they lived in the city of Madison, a suburb of Jackson.

After their dad graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical School (1983) he set up a pediatric practice in the Madison, MS area. During her early years, Kimberly attended school at:

* Madison Avenue Elementary (grades 1-5)

* Rosa Scott (6th grade)

* St. Andrew's Episcopal School (7th grade)

In 1996 ..... Relocated to Mobile, Alabama area

Their father set up a pediatric practice in Grand Bay, Alabama, an hour away from his hometown, Moss Point, Mississippi

Kimberly attended and graduated from Cottage Hill Christian Academy in Mobile Alabama

Later moved ..... to Greeneville, Tennessee

This is their current place of residence, which is just a few hours from Nashville.

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Recently, the three were in Las Vegas at the Academy of Country Music Awards gala where they were the surprise winners of top new duo or group and best new artist awards. Three days later they were rolling down to open for Tim McGraw in Corpus Christie, Texas, aboard the brand new bus they have all to themselves for the first time. Success has its rewards.

In Their Own Words

A peek into the making of the Band Perry

"Daddy rocked us to sleep with the Rolling Stones; Mama woke us up with Loretta Lynn. So we get it honest." ~ Kimberly Perry

Inheriting a cross-pollinated love of country and rock & roll from their parents, The Band Perry - siblings Kimberly, Reid, and Neil Perry - say that they bleed the bright red blood of American music.

"I think the three of us look a lot younger than we are," says 28-year-old Kimberly; Reid is 23 and Neil is 21. The three have always felt the drive to perform and create music, sweating out the summers in Mobile, Alabama playing in any dusty roadhouse or church that would have them. Kimberly strapped on her first Gibson - at age 15 - and fronted her first high school rock/blues/country band with her then-boyfriend and bass player Rain employing Reid, then 10, and Neil, only 8, as her roadies. Changing guitar strings and polishing cymbals for their big sister lost its charm after awhile, so the brothers formed their own band, called Mobile Music Machine, to open for their big sis.

"My bass and I've been attached at the hip since I was 10 years old," says Reid. "While most of my friends were playing little league, I was sitting in my room learning Rolling Stones' and Beatles' bass lines. It's really all I've ever known. Neil plays drums, mandolin and accordion."

Even while performing in different bands, the three would spend nights at home practicing Hank Williams and Bobbie Gentry songs with three-part harmonies in the hopes they could one day perform together. They officially joined forces five years ago. "It's coming on 13 years this October," chimes in Reid.

"We have always been a fan of family harmonies. So, I think in a way we are a little biased," said Neil. "Going back to the Carter Family, the Louvin Brothers, and the Gatlin Brothers, there's always been something a little special about it. We've talked about it: What is it about family harmony that makes it so special? We think it's the fact that we've grown up together in the same region, and talked to each other all the time. We know how each other talk, so I think just knowing each other so well has a lot to do with it. We're just honored and glad to be able to carry on that torch of family harmony."

Harmony is an important part of The Band Perry sound, and Kimberly remembers one of the earliest examples of it. "I remember the first time we learned to sing in three-part harmony. We were taking a family vacation out west. We had rented a tiny motor home, and our mother had the night shift. She would drive while Dad would rest, because we were going miles and miles every day. We'd crowd around the drivers' seat, and just start singing. So, that's the first time I remember."

The Band Perry has quite the team around them. Their manager is Bob Doyle, who helped to take an Oklahoman named Garth Brooks to history making career heights. "He had an okay run, you know," jokes Reid, who adds that "We say that it takes a village to raise an artist, and fortunately we were able to have a lot of good people helping us out-from Jimmy Harnen, our label president, to Bob Doyle.

Even our parents are still involved. So, having those people around us giving us advice, I feel like we're in good hands."

Kimberly is quick to add that even with all he has accomplished, Doyle's excitement level is still there. "Bob has such a mentoring spirit. That's really what drew us to him. He's been to the rodeo and back with Garth. He still gets excited about the little victories with The Band Perry. He's so thrilled to be back at square one from the ground up."

The band first had their self-titled EP out, which was a preview of their forthcoming album. There's a track co-written with American Idol judge Kara Dioguardi, "Postcard From Paris, as well as the stunning ballad "All Your Life," on which Kimberly offered her thoughts.

"On our full album, we have two outside songs that we cut. They were both written by the same group of people-the Henningsens, a family act from Illinois. They're a fifth generation farm family. They came and played us about twelve songs last summer, and we absolutely fell in love with 'All Your Life' and 'You Lie.' They are some of our best friends in the world, and we write with them all the time. We just couldn't turn down that ballad."

There's a little bit of real life in the sassy kiss-off song "Quittin' You," as Kimberly explains. "That's a very true story about a young man in Nashville who was a little bit of a bad habit. We actually close our shows with the song, and I dedicate it to all the girls in the stands, and I say, 'We all have bad habits.' It's so much fun to play."

They may travel to shows on a tour bus now, but Mom and Dad are still a necessary part of their career. Kimberly and Neil tell us:

"Mom goes out on the road with us every date, and so she sort of serves as a few things -- stylist, band stylist, band keeper-of-the-hair-product, cause we always have to have big hair. (Neil) Starbucks girl. Starbucks runner. (Kimberly) She is our merch lady out on the road right now. She's wearin' a lot of hats and she takes good care of us. Dad would love to just be out settin' up gear. (Neil) Whenever he can ditch the day job he does and comes out on the road and helps set up. (Kimberly) He mans the fort back there in Greeneville."

Kimberly credits their parents with helping The Band Perry experience their recent success. "One thing I'll say for our parents, I mean, they supported us in whatever we needed whether that was financially, emotionally, spiritually. They've always just sort of been the behind-the-scenes wheels that kept the whole machine going. (Neil) The rock. (Kimberly) They just never let us quit and kept us very focused, cause again, we started young and they really made it their mission to keep us zeroed in on the direction that we were headed."

They consider their four dogs -- two Great Pyrenees named Dakota and Scout, and two Welsh corgis named Addie and Moses -- as full-fledged Perry siblings.

The Band Perry

If I Die Young

Tim McGraw is working hard as he gets ready for his Emotional Traffic Tour with Luke Bryan and the Band Perry, which will hit more than 40 cities, starting April 8 in Corpus Christi, Texas. In order to get his fans as excited about the tour as he is, McGraw released a video of some behind-the-scenes footage.

The video opens with a shot of bright lights flashing across the stage, with the sounds of city traffic playing over an epic guitar in the background. The guitar has a sound reminiscent of the music that would play before a big shootout in an old western movie, invoking a feeling of nervous excitement for McGraw's big tour.

The video also has time-lapse shots that truly display how much work needs to be put in in order to execute such an elaborate stage production. McGraw is seen several times throughout the promo video, standing center-stage as he practices singing and playing his songs on guitar. A huge screen is also set up behind McGraw and his band, and images like rolling clouds and huge bursts of light are projected.

From the looks of the promo video, McGraw's Emotional Traffic Tour is not one to be missed this summer. Click here to check out all of the McGraw's upcoming tour dates. He may just be coming to a city near you!

Playing baseball

Steve Perry of Journey
Steve Perry of Journey

About Journey's Steve Perry

Stephen Ray Perry was born on January 22, 1949.

Birthplace: Hanford, California

Mother: Mary Perry

Father: Raymond Pereira (Later changed to Perry)

Perry is of Portuguese heritage. His parents are from the Azores islands of Portugal. Perry grew up interested in music, as his father, Ray was a vocalist.

Siblings: Only Child

On his twelfth birthday his mother gave Steve with a gold eighth note necklace, which he still wears for good luck. When he was 10 years old, he heard Sam Cooke's song "Cupid" on the car radio, which inspired Perry to become a singer. The family moved to Lemoore, California, during his teen years. He attended high school there, drumming in the marching band as well as in extracurricular bands. He attended College of the Sequoias, in Visalia, California for a short time after graduation, where he took first tenor in the choir there. Perry's mother encouraged his musical growth during this time.

Today he's best known as the lead vocalist of the band Journey from 1977-1987 and 1995-1998. Perry had a successful solo career throughout the late eighties and early nineties. Perry was named the 76th greatest singer of all-time by Rolling Stone on its list of "The 100 Greatest Singers of All-Time".

His first solo album, “Street Talk” was released in 1984.

His second album, “For the Love of Strange Medicine” was released in 1994.

Those albums produced Five Top-40 singles. He also had a Top-40 single in 1982 with the hit “Don’t Fight It“, a duet with Kenny Loggins featured on a Loggins Album.

His hits include:

Don’t Fight It

Strung Out

Oh Sherrie

You Better Wait

She’s Mine

Foolish Heart

His top single was “Oh Sherrie” which reached #3 on the Billboard Charts in 1984.

Allmusic said of Perry: "If only one singer could be selected as the most identifiable with '80s arena rock, it would have to be Journey's Steve Perry."

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    • supercelticangel profile image

      supercelticangel 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for this lens, I really like The Band Perry, they have such great voices!

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      nehobrown 4 years ago

      The Band Perry members were blessed with an amazing father (I do not know their mom). Their father has been my childs pediatrician since birth. Great doctor, wonderful manner, super nice man.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed stopping by, my wife and I like hearing this band sing.

    • jadehorseshoe profile image

      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      A Very Informative Lens!

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      yktykacronyms 5 years ago

      Cool stuff guys. Hope you'll visit me too. Sure you'll like my acronyms - gr8 app for your iPhone and loads of fun.

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      TEAhug 5 years ago

      Yeah Band Perry's pretty nice. Crazy hardoos. Like that you through the no relation portion about Katy Perry and Steve Perry

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      christyn1224 lm 5 years ago

      I love the Band Perry! I think it's kind of rare to find siblings with the same passions and as committed to their art as they are. :)

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      christyn1224 lm 5 years ago

      I love the Band Perry! I think it's kind of rare to find siblings with the same passions and as committed to their art as they are. :)