Perri Reid (formerly known as Pebbles, born Perri Alette McKissack on August 29, 1964) is an American R&B singer.
Reid was raised in Oakland, California. Nicknamed "Pebbles" as a toddler (after the cartoon character Pebbles Flintstone, which she somewhat resembled), Pebbles is the cousin of R&B singer Cherrelle. A natural R&B soubrette, Pebbles began her career as a backup singer and song writer for groups like Con Funk Shun and Sister Sledge. In 1988 the singer's self-titled platinum debut on MCA produced the top ten hits "Mercedes Boy" (for the Corey Haim movie License To Drive) and "Girlfriend", the female anthem of 1988. A year later, her follow-up album "Always" went gold. The album brought the top ten hits "Giving You the Benefit", and "Backyard", featuring Salt-N-Pepa.
She married famed producer (and LaFace Records founder) Antonio Reid in 1990, and put aside her solo career to found her own production company, Pebbitone, in 1991. Pebbitone produced the Grammy Award winning group TLC. Although the group initially saw Pebbles as a maternal figure, the lack of financial success in contrast to their meteoric rise in popularity would drive a wedge between manager and group.
The ensuing backlash for their management was the cause of TLC's bankruptcy filing in 1994 (to release themselves from the contract), as well as the demise of Pebbles' marriage. She started her own record label, Savvy Records, in 1993, but shut it down in 1997, after embracing Christianity. Pebbles returned to her solo career in 1995 with the release of Straight from My Heart, a more mature work, showing her growth as an artist and an individual.
Currently a born again Christian and no longer known as Pebbles, Sister Perri Reid doesn't maintain a career in the entertainment industry and rarely makes public appearances. She founded 'Women of God Changing Lives Through Christ', a women-focused ministry with whom she continues to lead Tuesday night "healing services" in Atlanta, Georgia.Her son, Aaron Reid, was featured on MTV's Super Sweet Sixteen in 2006.
Albums Album cover Album information Pebbles Released: 1988 Label: MCA Chart Peak: US Pop #14, R&B #5 RIAA Certification: Platinum Singles: "Girlfriend," "Mercedes Boy," "Take Your Time," "Do Me Right" Always Released: Oct 24, 1990 Label: MCA Chart Peak: US Pop #37, R&B #12 RIAA Certification: Gold Singles: "Giving You The Benefit," "Love Makes Things Happen (with Babyface)," "Backyard (feat. Salt-N-Pepa)," "Always" Straight From The Heart Released: Sep 12, 1995 Label: MCA Chart Peak: US R&B #43 RIAA Certification: N/A Singles: "Are You Ready?" Greatest Hits Released: Apr 25, 2000 Label: Hip-O Chart Peak: N/A RIAA Certification: N/A Singles: N/A
Year Title Album US Pop US R&B US Dance UK Top 75 1987 "Love/Hate" Beverly Hills Cop II / Pebbles - - - - 1988 "Girlfriend" Pebbles 5 1 24 8 1988 "Mercedes Boy" Pebbles 2 1 2 - 1988 "Take Your Time" Pebbles - 3 - - 1988 "Do Me Right" Pebbles - 67 - - 1990 "Giving You The Benefit" Always 4 1 10 - 1990 "Love Makes Things Happen (with Babyface)" Always 13 1 - - 1991 "Backyard (feat. Salt-N-Pepa)" Always 73 4 24 - 1991 "Always" Always - 13 - - 1995 "Are You Ready?" Straight From The Heart - 38 - -