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The Band Perry needs your vote

In The Band Perry’s song “All Your Life,” lead singer Kimberly Perry asks her man to show his devotion by meeting some lofty requests.

Then, she explains, she doesn’t need all that – she just wants to be the only girl “you love all your life.”

In the video, Mississippi natives Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry are fictional members of a vintage sideshow – free spirits who wander from town to town performing.

That’s not much of a stretch because they are currently touring with Brad Paisley who will be in Southaven Aug. 17 at the Snowden Amphitheatre.

Until then, you can vote for the band’s “All Your Life” video up for CMT Music Award’s Group Video of the Year. The show airs live June 6.

“‘All Your Life’ is a hopeful romantics’ song,” said Reid Perry by phone. “We meet up with some of our friends who are performers. One is a snake charmer. One is a medicine man. It’s a neat video of all of us coming together and sharing an experience. We drove this old pickup in it, and the brakes didn’t work.”

Kimberly Perry said the song conveys that life is not about possessions.

“We don’t need any of that stuff,” she said. Love is key.

“It was No. 1 on the country radio charts for two weeks,” she said. “It’s probably our favorite video that we have gotten to shoot. We are trying to get the home state votes on CMT.com.”

The band is also promoting their latest single “Postcards” from Paris, a song about a girl involved in a relationship who happens upon the man of her dreams.

“We actually shot the video in New Orleans,” said Neil Perry, “and like any video shoot in New Orleans, there was a cop chase.”

In the video that debuted on CMT last week, the three play jewelry thieves.

“It’s the first time we got to play villains,” Kimberly said.

The last time The Band Perry was in Mississippi was an appearance at the Biloxi Crawfish festival in April. They also received an honorary proclamation from the Mississippi Senate recognizing the siblings as music ambassadors.

“It was a special day,” Perry said. “We got to meet the governor and have lunch with him.”

The trio was born in Jackson and lived in Madison until their dad, pediatrician Steve Perry, moved his practice in 1996 from Ridgeland to Grand Bay, Ala., near his hometown of Moss Point.

Kimberly studied piano and guitar. Reid played electric bass, and Neil learned to play drums, mandolin and accordion.

In 2008, Garth Brooks’ manager recognized their talent and began circulating their music around Nashville. They signed a deal with Republic Records in 2009.

The family now lives in Tennessee.

The band received their first Grammy nomination in the Best Country Song category for “If I Die Young,” which reached No. 1 on country charts. So has “All Your Life.”

“Part of our story has been wait, wait, wait and then hurry up,” Kimberly said. “Once we had really developed our craft, it was time to pass the green light.

“Things happened quickly, but had it not been for decades of work, it wouldn’t have. We celebrate 14 years this October.”

Family is an important to the Perrys.

“Our mom comes out on the road with us pretty much everywhere we go,” Reid said. “Our dad holds down the fort in Tennessee. He handles a lot of our personal schedules and makes sure we are where we need to be because he is our liaison.”

The band is working on a new album, expected to be out later this year.

“We are about halfway finished and so excited about the brand new material,” Kimberly said. “There are a lot of brand new themes – free spirits, sweet love songs, bitter sweet love songs, so many amazing new melodies.”

–LaReeca Rucker, The Clarion-Ledger

Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

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