Reaps A Windfall;
Here Inspire Band
BY LISA WARREN
Thanks to the efforts of The Band Perry, the canine residents of the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society's Animal Adoption Center have received 10,000 pounds of dog food.
The country music trio were in Greeneville on Thursday to announce the special delivery from Purina Dog Chow to their hometown animal shelter.
Back in January, the Perrys helped launch Purina Dog Chow's "Dare-Us-Back" campaign, in which their dog-owning fans were "dared" to try out the company's new dog chow formula on their pets.
In turn, Purina encouraged pet-owners to "dare them back" by coming up with creative ways that the company could help aid animals in their community.
"We dared Purina Dog Chow to donate a ton of dog chow to our hometown Humane Society," Kimberly Perry told members of the media on Thursday at a news conference at the Humane Society's animal shelter.
Purina took the Perrys up on their dare. But instead of donating one ton of dog chow, the company provided five tons as a "thank you" to the band for participating in the campaign.
"It's enough to actually feed pretty much every dog in this facility for two years," said Lauren Fleming, a Purina spokesperson, who was at Thursday's event.
"This means everything to us to have not only the support that we have from The Band Perry, but also our entire community," said Amy Bowman, manager of the animal shelter.
Bowman said the facility, located at 950 Hal Henard Road, typically houses between 35 to 60 dogs as well as about the same number of cats. All of the pets are available for adoption.
Kimberly Perry, who was joined at the event by her two brothers and fellow bandmates, Neil and Reid Perry, said they were "so grateful" to Purina for the generous donation to their hometown animal shelter.
Their mother, Marie Perry, was also at the event.
Their father, Dr. Steve Perry, is a Greeneville pediatrician at Greene Mountain Pediatrics.
The Perry family has lived in Greeneville since moving here in 2002 from Mobile, Ala.
During the past year, the Perry siblings have gone from relatively unknown in the country music industry to major stars.
Their debut CD, which was released in October, has achieved gold status and produced three hit singles, including their current Top 10 hit, "You Lie."
Their second single, "If I Die Young," written by Kimberly Perry, went to No. 1 and garnered multiple award nods, including a prestigious Grammy Award nomination.
Most recently, the band was honored as the Academy of Country Music's "Top New Vocal Artist of the Year."
'WE LOVE DOGS'
When the opportunity arose for the band to participate in the Purina campaign, Kimberly Perry said she and her brothers definitely wanted to take part.
"We love dogs. There are three Perry siblings in our family, but, technically, we have four others," she said.
"We have two Corgis and two Great Pyrenees. Our family has always been big dog-lovers.
"So when the opportunity came to partner with Purina Dog Chow, we just absolutely jumped at it," she added.
'GREENEVILLE IS OUR HOMETOWN'
The band members say that they love being able to give back to the Greeneville community, which they say has been so supportive of them.
"Greeneville is our hometown - and anywhere we are in the world, we love to come back and touch home base," Kimberly said.
"We love to play music, but we also feel an overwhelming responsibility with the platform that music allows us to have.
"And so we thought that this was one way that we could give back and partner with such great folks like Purina Dog Chow," she added.
EVENT IN TAMPA, FLA.
On April 29, the Perrys will be in Tampa, Fla., not only to continue their nationwide tour with country music superstar Tim McGraw but also to participate in a benefit charity dog wash, which is one of the grand prize-winning dares from the Purina campaign.
The Band Perry will host a charity dog wash sponsored by Purina Dog Chow on Friday, April 29, with proceeds benefiting The Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
During the dog wash, The Band Perry will sign autographs and give away CDs and concert tickets and even wash a dog or two.
At home, Neil Perry said the siblings usually tend to get more water on themselves than on their dogs when bathing them.
Kimberly said she and her brothers miss their dogs "terribly" when they are out on the road. Their mother, Marie, frequently travels with them on the road, a situation which often leaves their father, Steve, at home.
"Our dad babysits [with the four dogs] when we're gone," she said.
"It gives him a little bit of company while we're gone," Neil said.
ON 'TODAY SHOW,' CBS
In addition to continuing their tour with Tim McGraw next week, The Band Perry -- on Wednesday, April 27 -- will be in New York City for a live appearance on NBC's "Today Show," where they will perform and help announce the nominees for the 2011 Country Music Television (CMT) Music Awards.
They are expected to appear, along with CMT's Evan Farmer, during the show's 10 a.m. hour.
Fan voting for the CMT awards will begin on CMT.com immediately following the nominee announcement.
This year will mark the 10th anniversary for the CMT Music Awards. The show will air live from Nashville on June 8 on CMT and CMT.com.
Tonight, the Perrys will appear on "Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country." The show, which was taped earlier this month, will air at 9 p.m. on CBS.
ALBUMS ARE WRITTEN HERE
While the Perrys say they love being on the road and performing their music to fans nationwide, they say it is wonderful to know that they have Greeneville to come home to.
"We are gone so much ... and so many things on the road change," Neil Perry said. "There's not a lot of consistency on the road.
"That's the one thing that we love about Greeneville. It's always the same. The people are the same. They're always nice. It's like a breath of coming home every time," he said.
Because their home visits these days are usually so brief, the siblings say they love to take full advantage of what time they have here.
"We're usually only home for 24-hour stretches," Reid Perry said. "So we always go home ... do our laundry and maybe get some Mexican food before we head out again."
The band members have frequently said that their favorite Mexican restaurant -- anywhere -- is Greeneville's Monterray.
"It's really important for us to have a home base," Kimberly said. "We're out and about everywhere.
"We love to be busy. We're kind of workaholics. But we have to come back and just touch home plate. It's really is where we find ourselves most creative.
"All of our albums basically get written here -- just because it's our time to think and create and dream a little bit," she said.
'WE LOVE BEING HOME'
Kimberly praised not only the people of Greeneville and Greene County but also the landscape here for helping to inspire many of their creative moments.
"There's such a warm support group here," Kimberly said. "Home is always inspiring, and you guys are especially inspired because of your hearts.
"It's kind of hard not to be creative when you're in such a beautiful environment," she said. "We love it. We love being home."
"We've got a carpenter friend who's from Greeneville," Neil said, "and he says, 'Heaven is just a local call away.' And we feel that every time we come back home."
Despite being in the middle of promoting their debut album, the Perrys said they are working on material for their planned second album.
"We've got a lot of room left to grow with this project," Kimberly said.
"But we're keeping our creative muscles flexed and working on building up a storehouse of songs for the second album."
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