Their first-ever gig might have been in the lingerie section of a Wal-Mart, but this year alone, the family trio of Kimberly, Reid, and Neil Perry — country music’s The Band Perry — has left their amateur days in the dust: completing their first headline world tour (We Are Pioneers), racking up a performance at the Super Bowl, coaching on NBC’s The Voice Season 6, and certifying a 5x Platinum album.
And Tuesday morning, they realized perhaps one of their nerdiest dreams. “My brothers and I are fascinated by all things politics. We think you guys have the coolest job in the whole world,” Kimberly admitted to an auditorium full of Congressmen and Congressional staffers, all on hand for a “Welcome to the 114th Congress” briefing annually dubbed “GRAMMYs on the Hill.”
This year’s headliners for the event, a mini-concert which kicks off The Recording Academy’s day of advocacy regarding issues relating to artists, such as compensation and intellectual property rights, The Band Perry couldn’t have been better spokespeople for the mission:
“We really see ourselves as the CEOs of The Band Perry, and any good business man or woman must know the issues of the day as they pertain to their business,” asserted Kimberly, taking the reigns for the group naturally as she’s the eldest sibling. “We’re not only speaking on behalf of the artists whose faces are on the cover of albums, but rather the army of people that are underneath that and behind that… We’re trying to make sure that music can be a living that we can all make — a practical living — and leave an artistic legacy behind. ”
The band began the briefing with a music video of their GRAMMY nominated hit (Best Country Duo/Group Performance Category) “Gentle on My Mind” before engaging in a few questions from Recording Academy President Darryl Friedman, then peppered in musical performances of some of their top songs (“Better Dig Two,” “If I Die Young,” and “Done”) between sessions of Q&A.
Among those Members of the 114th Congress who were in attendance were coalition co-chairs Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA), Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN), Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY), and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA).
They’ve come a long way, from lingerie to lobbying. Still, jokes Kimberly, “We were hoping to meet Frank Underwood while we are in town, though…”