Maybe some things don’t die young after all?
Recently turned solo artist, Kimberly Perry, the former frontrunner of The Band Perry is releasing a “part two” edition of her 2010 country hit, “If I Die Young.”
A three-piece family band, The Band Perry was first discovered by Garth Brooks’ manager Bob Doyle when the brothers performed as “roadies” behind their sister, Kimberly, early on.
Kimberly was solely responsible for writing the band’s 2010 breakout (and biggest) hit in “If I Die Young,” and they boomed with a few great successes in country music following that. Follow up singles included “You Lie,” “All Your Life,” “Postcard From Paris,” “Better Dig Two,” and more, all of which were top 10 singles.
From 2010 to 2015, the band was nominated for various awards including Grammys, CMAs, ACMs and more, winning a Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance in 2015.
However, the band’s history has been tumultuous at best… in 2016, they parted ways with the Big Machine Label and signed a new contract with Interscope Records, penning in ink a new direction in pop music.
And then it went off the rails…
They failed to garner an audience in the pop world, Kimberly traded her signature blonde curls for an edgier black-hair look, and the endearing country trio with killer harmonies and traditional country instrumentation was gone.
They’ve been largely absent from the scene since 2019, until recently…
Earlier this month The Band Perry announced a sort of “breakup” calling their divide “a creative break for the group.” Kimberly soon changed her social media bio to read, “country singer + songwriter,” making me wonder if the talented frontwoman was ever sold on the pop genre at all.
It’s safe to say that most Millennials will be tuning in to see what sort of addition Kimberley is adding to the old 2010 favorite, and she added a teaser of a solo acoustic performance to get everyone excited, and it seems like a wholesome continuation of the classic:
“And Lord I’m glad you didn’t,
Pay me no attention,
When I sent up a prayer of a child’s premonition,
Cause iI’ve had time to bloom,
Planting them roses instead, and I’m changing my tune,
From when I said, “When I die young…”
This symbolic rebirth of Kimberly Perry in country music comes on the heels of her recent announcement that she has moved to Nashville and signed a record label, penning in her caption:
“I decided the story wasn’t finished… my very first solo song ‘If I Die Young Pt. 2’ out one week from today on May 5. Love you all.”
Gotta love it.