The Perrys (1970-Present)
The Perrys formed in Dawsonville, Georgia, in 1970 and were originally a family group consisting of siblings Debra, Randy, and Libbi Perry. Their younger brother, George, later began performing with the group as well. George was still a child when he passed away, and their 1982 album Under Control is dedicated to his memory.
In 1983, the Perrys began to work in the studio with producer Eddie Crook who greatly influenced their sound. Another change for the group came in 1984 when they added a bass part to the trio. Mitch Sims appeared at the bass position on the 1985 release Involved, then Tracy Stuffle became their bass singer later that same year after Sims departed. Tracy and Libbi were married in late 1987, making the Perrys an all-family group again until the departure of Debra in 1988.
Denise Helton became the new soprano for the Perrys and remained with them until 1993. She was followed by Nicole Watts Jenkins who sang with the Perrys until 2000.
After the departure of Jenkins, the Perrys revamped their sound by hiring a male singer, baritone Curt Davis, rather than another soprano. The group's arrangement became more like a traditional male quartet's with Libbi singing the tenor part and Tracy hitting deeper bass notes.
The first album featuring the new format included a cover of the Happy Goodmans classic "What A Beautiful Day." They would eventually release an entire album titled Remembering The Happy Goodmans which featured cover versions of 17 Happy Goodmans hits.
By the early 2010s, the Perrys' line-up included lead singer Joseph Habedank and former American Idol contestant Bryan Walker. The group had enjoyed a string of hit songs by this point including the number ones "If You Knew Him," "Did I Mention," "Celebrate Me Home," and "Blue Skies Coming."
In January 2013, Tracy Stuffle suffered a stroke that prevented him from traveling with the group. With Libbi by Tracy's side, Habedank and Walker were typically joined by Leah Page to fill dates on the schedule. By May 2013, Habedank had stepped down and was replaced by former Inspirations lead singer David Ragan. Although no specific reasons for his departure were given at the time, Habedank would reveal in late 2014 that he had to leave the Perrys to enter a rehab facility to fight an addiction to prescription painkillers. (After Habedank's recovery, he launched a successful solo career.)
In due time, both Tracy and Libbi returned to travel with the group again now joined by their son Jared who sang bass alongside his father. The Perrys changed record labels in 2014, moving from Daywind to StowTown. After releasing their first StowTown recording featuring Ragan and Walker in 2014, Ragan departed in May of that same year and was replaced by Andrew Goldman. Walker also left in October 2014, and former baritone Troy Peach returned.
Tracy Stuffle was able to travel with the group until his health began to decline again in 2017. He passed away in February 2018. Tracy was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association's Hall Of Fame in late 2018.
In the fall of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, Libbi Perry Stuffle announced Andrew Goldman and Troy Peach were leaving the group to pursue other ministry opportunities due the the group's inability to tour regularly. The group continued to appear with fill-in vocalists until official replacements could be hired.
Singing News Fan Awards
Favorite Mixed Quartet (2004, 2005, 2006)
Album of the Year (2006 - Remembering The Happy Goodmans)
Song of the Year (2010 - If You Knew Him; 2013 - I Got A Hold Of God This Morning)
NQC Music Awards:
Album of the Year (2012 - Celebrate Me Home, 2013 Through The Night)