band perry acm The Band Perry (no relation to THAT Steve Perry) wins at ACM Awards 2011The Band Perry, a family band best known for their breakout hit “If I Die Young,” performed at Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards after winning the coveted Top New Artist award.

The band is made up of siblings Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry, and Neil Perry — and though their father’s name is Steve Perry, he’s not that Steve Perry. He’s a Mississippi pediatrician — not a rock star.

Hailing from Ridgefield, Mississippi, the trio grew up playing small gigs until they had their big break in 2008, when Garth Brooks’ manager Bob Doyle made contact. Their first single, “Hip to My Heart,” peaked at #20 on the US Country charts, while “If I Die Young” has climbed to #1.

As for that Steve Perry… he still hasn’t stopped believin’, as far as we know.

Posted by:Carina MacKenzie