Sunday, May 13, 2012

Perri

Perri was a female R&B group consisting of the Perry Sisters: Carol, Darlene, Sharon, and Lori. The sisters started performing in high school and later in local clubs.

At that time, they sang Top 40 music which they found boring which resulted in the group splitting up for a number of years.

In 1982, the sisters were inspired to sing together again after they attended a Pat Metheny concert. They put together a tape featuring cover versions of Pat's song and two days later, Pat invited the sisters to join him for a recording session.

Following live appearances with Pat in 1983 and in 1985, Perri signed to Zebra Records.
In 1986, Perri released their debut album, "Celebrate" which managed to peak at #14 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart, but it's unknown if any singles charted.

During that same year, Perri met Anita Baker through a fortunate meeting at a doctor's office. Anita invited them to back her concert for a week in Los Angeles and then later invited them for a year-long tour. They also appeared on Joe Zawinul's album, "The Immigrant."
In 1988, Perri released their second album, "The Flight" which peaked at #81 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Their first charting single, "No Place to Go" peaked at #41 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The follow-up singles "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love," "I'm the One" and "Fall in Love" didn't appear to make the charts at all.
In 1989, Perri appeared on the Spike Lee movie soundtrack "Do the Right Thing" with the track "Feel So Good" which managed to peak at #51 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

They also provided the track "Prove to Me" on the soundtrack, but it didn't chart. During that same year, Perri signed to MCA Records.
In 1990, Perri released their third and last album to date "Tradewinds" which peaked at #58 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The only single from the album to chart was "Someone Like You" which peaked at #49 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. A promotional single "It's Been You" was released, but didn't chart.

While at MCA Records, Lori Perri co-wrote the song "Touch Me Up" for R&B group, Body. Since 1990, Perri hasn't released any new music, but Lori Perry continues to record as a jazz musician.

The other Perry sisters have provided vocals for artists such as Howard Hewitt, Oleta Adams, Brenda Russell, Lenny Kravitz, George Duke, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Laura Pausini, Luther Vandross, and Dakota Moon.

To see Lori Perry's website, go to:
http://www.loriperryonline.com/

To see a fan-made video for "No Place to Go," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KXFReDSt54

To see a fan-made video for "Feel So Good," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-25ZMUnqCQ

To see a fan-made video for "Someone Like You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpKUBWBYSEU

To see the music video for "It's Been You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkGA69Dniio

3 comments:

Jade Graham said...

Anita invited them to back her concert for a week in Los Angeles and then later invited them for a year-long tour. Jim

Cham said...

I first heard them on the radio in 1988 singing Steely Dan's Caves of Altamira and immediately bought the cassette (Flight). I listen to the CD still to this day and it still charges me up. I was listening to them tonight and decided to go find more of their music. I was disappointed and shocked that iTunes has nothing. I found your blog and wanted to write a comment in case they ever see it. The sisters sing with the most beautiful harmony and textures I've ever herd. Together their voices create something that can not be duplicated and every time I listen to them I hear something new in the songs. Their music has touched my heart and given me so many happy moments over the past 27 years. Lori, Carol, Sharon and Darlene... I LOVE YOU!

Ideology said...

They have a new album! https://www.amazon.com/Back-You-Perri/dp/B01DYZ2CVW