BY LISA WARREN
What better way to celebrate the first anniversary of the release of your debut album than to have one of the singles go Triple Platinum?
The Band Perry's smash single "If I Die Young" was certified Triple Platinum earlier this month for sales exceeding 3 million, according to the band's website, http://www.thebandperry.com.
"Although we've planned, prepared and prayed for this moment for the past 13 years, we're still a little overwhelmed by the warm welcome we've been given," Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry said in a statement on their website.
"Birthdays have always been celebrated big in this family, so to have a one-year-old album AND hear that 'If I Die Young' has touched so many people -- it makes us feel that we're sharing our celebration with all of you," they added.
The sibling trio, who share a home in Greene County with their parents, Steve and Marie Perry, held a CD release party last year on Oct. 10 before thousands of hometown fans on Academy Street in downtown Greeneville.
During the free event, the Perrys performed an acoustic set of several of their tunes from the CD, including the single, "If I Die Young."
The song, penned by Kimberly Perry, went on to garner a Grammy nomination, among many other honors.
TOURING WITH SUPERSTARS
During the past year, the Perrys have toured extensively across the U.S. and Canada with such country superstars as Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.
They are now on tour with Reba McEntire. This past Saturday, the band appeared in concert close to home at Maryville's "Foothills Fall Festival," opening for Reba.
Next up on the band's agenda is an appearance on "Dancing With the Stars." The Perrys will appear on the show on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The show airs at 9 p.m. on ABC Television.
The Band Perry is also nominated for five 2011 Country Music Association awards.
The 45th annual CMA Awards show will air live on Wednesday, Nov. 8, beginning at 8 p.m., on ABC.
The Perrys are nominated in the following categories:
* "New Artist of the Year," along with: Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Thompson Square and Chris Young;
* " Vocal Group of the Year," along with: Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts and the Zac Brown Band;
* " Single of the Year" for their single "If I Die Young," along with: "A Little Bit Stronger," by Sara Evans; "Colder Weather," by the Zac Brown Band; "Don't You Wanna Stay," by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson; and "Honey Bee," by Blake Shelton.
* " Song of the Year" for "If I Die Young," written by Kimberly Perry, along with: "Colder Weather," written by Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, Levi Lowrey and Coy Bowles; "Dirt Road Anthem," written by Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford; "Mean," written by Taylor Swift; and "You and Tequila," written by Matraca Berg and Deana Carter.
* " Music Video of the Year" for "If I Die Young," along with: Blake Shelton's "Honey Bee," Taylor Swift's "Mean," Brad Paisley's "Old Alabama," and Kenny Chesney's "You and Tequila."
'HARD TO BELIEVE'
"It's hard to believe that all of these incredible accolades have come from The Band Perry's very first album -- but they have," said Jimmy Harnen, president of Republic Nashville, the band's recording label, in a news release.
"What an amazing way to celebrate the one-year anniversary of their debut release with five CMA Award Nominations, a Dancing with the Stars performance, and a certified Triple Platinum single with 'If I Die Young,'" Harnen added in the release.