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Kimberly Perry Talks Going Solo, “If I Die Young Pt. 2,” and the Bloom EP

The Band Perry had arguably one of the most successful country crossover hits with their 2010 release “If I Die Young,” a track about premature death that imagines a beguiling funeral for the young girl who acts as the narrator. When it was time for the lead singer of the band, Kimberly Perry, to kick off her solo career 13 years later in 2023, she reimagined the song and continued the narrative.

In “If I Die Young Pt. 2,” Perry celebrates life instead of wishing it away. Perry looks back on the original stating, “I wrote the original version when I was in my early 20s. I was a big daydreamer back then.” After being inspired by a piece of poetry, a young Perry wondered what her funeral would look like if it was hers to plan; however, the main motive came from a much deeper, existential place. “I think it was about having all of these dreams and hopes but also hedging my bets a little bit. Like, okay if they don’t come true and it all ends today, that’s fine. This moment is beautiful. I think that was the heart of the original version,” notes Perry.