Throwback: Perri-Someone Like You


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Carolyn, Lori, Darlene and Sharon Perri are sisters who grew-up in Bakersfield, California and started singing in clubs while still in high school. Pat Metheny took them on tour in the early ’80’s after they sent him a demo with cover versions of his songs. They signed their first recording contract with Zebra Records before they were purchased by MCA and debuted with the Celebrate album in 1986. Anita Baker became a fan of their music and invited them to sing backup on her ’86-’87 tour. Baker’s producer, Michael J. Powell, worked on Perri’s 1988 second album, The Flight as a musician and co-writer of “I’m The One.” “No Place To Go” from The Flight was their first single to chart and introduce their strong harmonies to the public. Spike Lee picked them for his 1989 Do The Right Thing soundtrack which included their songs, “Prove To Me,” “Feels So Good” and “Hard To Say” with Gerald Alston. “Someone Like You” is from their 1990 Tradewinds album and Baker’s obvious influence does not obscure Perri’s brilliance. Perri stopped recording after Tradewinds and since then they have kept busy by providing vocals for numerous artists including Quincy Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Garth Brooks, George Michael and many others.