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The Band Perry performs at CMA’s for first time

Last year, The Band Perry watched the CMA Awards show from their hotel room. This year, they will not only be watching the show in person at the Bridgestone Arena, but they are nominated for group of the year (along with Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town) and will also be performing on the show.

“We fully intend to be seat fillers,” Kimberly said. “Actually getting to attend the show is a win for us. We’re so humbled to be in that category. We actually aren’t quite sure how we made that this year. But we’re going to be cheering them on. We will be happy to lose to anybody in that category.”

From a young age, the Perrys started playing live gigs. Kimberly put together her first band at 15 and Reid and Neil, now 21 and 20, were opening up for her at the ages of 10 and 8 in their own band, the Mobile Music Connection, so named because they lived in Mobile, Ala., at the time.

The brothers joined forces with their sister when the boys were in their teens and the group was recruited for The New Faces of Country Tour in 2005, playing shows at Walmarts all across the country.

“We just celebrated 12 years on the road together, and you know what?” Kimberly asked. “There’s just a lot of blood, sweat and tears that go into taking a band and raw talent from Point A and actually getting it to Point B in front of people’s eyes and ears. So it’s just really been amazing to think about all these steps we’ve taken this last decade.”