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The Band Perry talks with Long Island kids

Kidsday reporters Quinn Babcock, Courtney Castagna, Samantha Larkin

Kidsday reporters Quinn Babcock, Courtney Castagna, Samantha Larkin and Faith Roben Kidsday reporters, 9 from Sayville met The Band Perry in New York City. Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

We recently interviewed The Band Perry in Manhattan at the Parker-Meridian Hotel. They were in NYC to perform at a the EW Music Festival. The Band Perry is made up of three siblings, Kimberly, Neil and Reid. They were nice, friendly, really funny and made us feel welcome and comfortable.

We learned a lot of interesting things about them as well. They grew up in Mississippi and Tennessee. Their family still lives in Tennessee and mom and dad even travel with them when they're on the road. The band started when Kimberly was 15, Reid was 10 and Neil was 8. We were surprised to find out that they don’t fight much even though they are siblings.

They told us the song “Done” was written by Neil and Reid when Kimberly was late to practice because she was having her make-up done. So they locked her out of the studio and wrote the song.

Kimberly told us her favorite song to write was “If I Die Young.” She said, “It probably would be the song that really introduced us to a lot of people. All of the fans that we had early on that we continue to have a lot of were drawn initially by the song. So for me, I think that’s a special one.”

Even though they are a little more country than rock and roll, their musical influences when growing up were very pop. Kimberly liked Michael Jackson. She said, “ I remember waiting for the school bus and I’m on and we’re dancing to Michael Jackson. My first concert was New Kids on the Block, which for you guys would be like One Direction and that was like the boy band I was in love with.”

Neil really liked Avril Lavigne. He added, “She was like a punk chick. She was really cool.”

Reid said he liked old rock ‘n roll bands. "The Beatles are one of my favorites," he said.

The Band Perry uses a tour bus and because they travel so much, it can take up to two years to make an album.


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