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Perri Reid (born Perri Arlette McKissack), best known by her former stage name, Pebbles, is an American dance-pop and urban contemporary singersongwriter.

She created the contemporary R&B group TLC. She is currently an Atlanta-based minister named Sister Perri.

Early life

Reid was born Perri Arnette McKissack on August 29, 1964. 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. Perri married the father. The marriage lasted one year.

Perri got her start in 1981 as a backing vocalist for the percussionist/band leader Bill Summers and the funk band Con Funk Shun. Reid co-wrote one of Con Funk Shun’s singles, “Body Lovers”.

While working at an Oakland, California real estate office she met contractor George L. Smith. Smith bankrolled Perri with $80,000 for a demo tape and video for “Mercedes Boy“. The demo and video led to a contract with MCA. Smith and Perri married in 1985 and made their home in San Francisco.

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

Pebbitone and TLC

In July 1989 Perri married L.A. Reid. She formed the Atlanta-based production company Pebbitone and founded her own record label, Savvy Records.

Pebbitone managed TLC, which was signed with LaFace Records, L.A. Reid’s record label. When TLC filed for bankruptcy in 1995, claiming Pebbles had mismanaged their funds, the ensuing conflict damaged Pebbles’ marriage. She divorced Reid, and Pebbitone sued LaFace for $10 million.

pebblesReligious conversion

In 1997, Pebbles underwent a religious conversion. Under her new stage name “Sister Perri”, she founded Women of God Changing Lives (WOGCL) Ministries. As an ordained minister, she now preaches and ministers through song  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.

In February 2011, Perri was named the executive producer/host of Essence‘s national R&B search.

Personal life

In 2000 she married former MLB player Otis Nixon  They divorced in 2004. She married Excel Sharieff in 2010.

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