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The Band Perry reaches ‘mountaintop’ with ACM Awards win

The Band Perry draws strength from grandfather, wins ACM Vocal Group award
The Band Perry draws strength from grandfather, wins ACM Vocal Group award
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The Band Perry reached a pinnacle in their career with a first-ever win for Vocal Group of the Year at the 49th annual ACM Awards on Sunday, April 6. Sibling trio, Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry have been a steadily strengthening presence in country music since 2010 when their second single, “If I Die Young” launched them into the spotlight.

Since then, the band has worked hard to bring their own, unique voice to the country music genre. With seven consecutive top ten hits and a new song, “Chainsaw” kicking up dust, The Band Perry seems to have found their audience. While they may have entered the country scene with a poetic ballad, these days The Band Perry often seems to prefer a rock influence that gives Kimberly a chance to show her grittier side while the brothers jam on guitars and engage in some headbanging of their own.

Their brand of country rock isn’t for everyone, so it may come as a surprise to some that The Band Perry would rise above more traditional or pop-country bands such as Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Zac Brown Band for the win. Even so, winning the ACM Vocal Group of the Year is a definite step up, leveling the playing field to include a wider variety of country in years to come.

Upon winning, Kimberly Perry drew from a quote from the siblings’ grandfather. She said:

ACMs, this is a mountaintop moment in the life of The Band Perry. Our sweet grandfather once gave us some advice. He said, ‘This ain’t no hill for a climber.’ We accept this for all the climbers tonight.

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