Perri "Pebbles" Reid

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Perri "Pebbles" Reid
Birth name

Perri Arlette McKissack[1]

Perri McKissack[2]
Born (1964-08-29) August 29, 1964 (age 49)
Oakland, California, United States[2]
Origin Oakland, California, United States
Genres Dance-pop, R&B, new jack swing, urban contemporary, freestyle
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 1983–1995; 2008-
Labels MCA (1986–1996), Pebbitone, Inc 1997-Present

Perri Reid (born Perri Arlette McKissack ), best known by her former stage name, Pebbles, is an American dance-pop and urban contemporary singer-songwriter. She is currently an Atlanta-based minister named Sister Perri.

Early life[edit]

Reid was born Perri Arnette McKissack on August 29, 1964.[2] Pebbles is one of four children. Her divorced mother raised her family on the income of a waitress and housekeeper.

By age 16, a local musician gave her a production deal which fell through several months later when she got pregnant with her daughter, Ashley. Pebbles married the father. The marriage lasted one year,[1]

While working as a receptionist at an Oakland, California real estate office she met banker/contractor George L. Smith. They married in 1985. George, his daughter Jennifer; Perri and daughter Ashley made their home in San Francisco.[1]

Early career[edit]

Pebbles got her start in 1981 as a backing vocalist for the percussionist/band leader Bill Summers and the funk outfit Con Funk Shun, co-writing one of the latter band's singles, "Body Lovers". [3]

In 1985, contractor George L. Smith, bankrolled Pebbles with $80,000 for a demo tape and video for "Mercedes Boy", which led to a contract with MCA and Pebbles and Smith's marriage.[1]

Pebbles recorded several hit singles on her own during the late 1980s and early 1990s (including "Girlfriend" and "Mercedes Boy") and also sang background vocals on Paula Abdul's album Forever Your Girl in 1988.

Religious Conversion[edit]

Pebbles eventually became a Christian minister under the name of Sister Perri.[4] In 2008, after a thirteen-year music hiatus, Reid released her fourth album and debut gospel album, Prophetic Flows Vol I & II, which peaked at #12 on the Billboard Gospel Album Chart.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Record label
US
[5]
US
R&B

[5]
US
Gos

[5]
CAN
[6]
JPN
[7]
NLD
[8]
UK
[9]
1987 Pebbles 14 5 43 56 56 MCA
1990 Always 37 12 68
1995 Straight from My Heart 146 43 83
2008 Prophetic Flows Vol. I & II [A] 12 Angel Child
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • A Album credited to Sister Perri.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Greatest Hits (2000, Hip-O)

Singles[edit]

As main performer[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[11]
US
R&B

[11]
US
Dan

[11]
US
A/C

[11]
AUS
[12]
BEL
[13]
CAN
[6]
GER
[14]
IRE
[15]
NLD
[8]
NZ
[16]
SWI
[17]
UK
[9]
1987 "Girlfriend" 5 1 24 86 23 17 14 9 23 22 13 8 Pebbles
1988 "Mercedes Boy" 2 1 2 14 39 50 42
"Take Your Time" 3
"Do Me Right" 67
1990 "Giving You the Benefit" 4 1 10 48 32 32 26 73 Always
"Love Makes Things Happen" (with Babyface) 13 1 24 91
1991 "Backyard" (with Salt-n-Pepa) 73 4
"Always" 13
1995 "Are You Ready?" 38 Straight from My Heart
2008 "Let Freedom Reign" [B] Prophetic Flows Vol. I & II
"Healing Waters" [B] Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • B Single credited to Sister Perri.

As featured performer[edit]

Year Title Artist Peak positions Album
US
[11]
US
R&B

[11]
1995 "Freedom (Theme from Panther)" Various Artists 45 18 Panther

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "No Neanderthal, Pebbles Is Now a Yabba-Dabba-Do Pop Success". People (magazine). Oct 3, 1988. Retrieved Nov 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c AllMusic, "Pebbles". Accessed October 19, 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Con-Funk-Shun-Body-Lovers/release/2088370
  4. ^ Kinnon, Joy Bennett (September 1, 2000). "'Sister Perri' The Preacher Formerly Known As Pebbles". Ebony 55 (11): 108–114. ISSN 0012-9011. 
  5. ^ a b c "US Album Charts > Pebbles". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  6. ^ a b "CAN Charts > Pebbles". RPM. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  7. ^ "JPN Charts > Pebbles". Oricon. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  8. ^ a b "NLD Charts > Pebbles". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  9. ^ a b "UK Charts > Pebbles". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  10. ^ a b "US Certifications > Pebbles". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "US Singles Charts > Pebbles". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  12. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  13. ^ "BEL Charts > Pebbles". VRT Top 30. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  14. ^ "GER Charts > Pebbles". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  15. ^ "IRE Charts Search > Pebbles". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  16. ^ "NZ Charts > Pebbles". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  17. ^ "SWI Charts > Pebbles". Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 

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