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]
OriginOakland, California, United States
GenresDance-pop, R&B, new jack swing, urban contemporary, freestyle
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
Years active1983–1995; 2008-
LabelsMCA (1986–1996), Pebbitone, Inc 1997-Present
 
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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]
OriginOakland, California, United States
GenresDance-pop, R&B, new jack swing, urban contemporary, freestyle
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
Years active1983–1995; 2008-
LabelsMCA (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]

YearAlbumPeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
Record label
US
[5]
US
R&B

[5]
US
Gos

[5]
CAN
[6]
JPN
[7]
NLD
[8]
UK
[9]
1987Pebbles145435656MCA
1990Always371268
1995Straight from My Heart1464383
2008Prophetic Flows Vol. I & II [A]12Angel Child
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

As main performer[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum
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"51248623171492322138Pebbles
1988"Mercedes Boy"21214395042
"Take Your Time"3
"Do Me Right"67
1990"Giving You the Benefit"41104832322673Always
"Love Makes Things Happen" (with Babyface)1312491
1991"Backyard" (with Salt-n-Pepa)734
"Always"13
1995"Are You Ready?"38Straight 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.

As featured performer[edit]

YearTitleArtistPeak positionsAlbum
US
[11]
US
R&B

[11]
1995"Freedom (Theme from Panther)"Various Artists4518Panther

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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