Pebbles

Pebbles
Perri Nixon (formerly known as Pebbles), born Perri Alette McKissack on August 29, 1964, is an American dance-pop  and urban contemporary singer-songwriter.

Early Life & Career

Born Perri Alette McKissack in Oakland, California, she got her start in the early 1980s as a backup singer for percussionist/band leader Bill Summers and the funk outfit Con Funk Shun, co-writing one of the latter band’s hits, “Body Lovers.”

Although dance-pop singer Pebbles scored several hit singles on her own during the late 1980s and early 1990s (Girlfriend and Mercedes Boy), she became known as the manager and creator of one of the genre’s biggest hit machines,TLC She also sang background vocals on Paula Abdul’s album Forever Your Girl in 1988.

Pebbles founded her own record label, Savvy Records, and created the Atlanta-based hip-hop/dance trio TLC (composed of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes). Guiding TLC’s career and serving as their manager, the trio became one of pop’s biggest hit-making groups by 1994, thanks to their eleven-times platinum smash Crazysexycool.

Pebbles returned to her solo career in 1995 with her third release Straight From the Heart. Although it was a much more mature work (and featured contributions from such producers/songwriters as Sean “Puffy” Combs, Kyle West, and Organized Noize), it failed to match the commercial success of its predecessors. 2000 saw the release of a fourteen-track career overview on the Hip-O label with Greatest Hits.

Pebbles’ career as TLC’s manager became the subject of public and professional scrutiny when the group alleged that she was mismanaging their finances, forcing them to file for bankruptcy. Pebbles denied the claim, stating she was merely looking out for the group’s best interests. TLC eventually parted ways with Pebbles, leaving their professional and personal relationship with her permanently strained. Pebbles’ marriage to producer L.A. Reid had also deteriorated during this time, leading them to file for divorce. She was so angered and bitter by both experiences, she left the secular music industry. Pebbles eventually became a Christian minister under the name of Sister Perri.

Personal life

In 1982 she gave birth to daughter Ashley V. Smith. Pebbles then began a relationship with her record producer L.A. Reid. Perri’s son Aaron was born in November 1989. She and her daughter moved to Atlanta with Reid. Aaron was on an episode of My Super Sweet 16. Perri and Reid divorced in 1996. Perri married Otis Nixon in Nassau, Bahamas in 2000; they divorced in 2004. Perri remains close friends with singers Whitney Houston, her cousin, Cherrelle and CeCe Winans.

Discography

Studio albums

1987     Pebbles
1990     Always
1995     Straight from My Heart

Singles

1987     “Girlfriend”
1988     “Mercedes Boy”
1988    “Take Your Time”
1988    “Do Me Right”
1990     “Giving You the Benefit”
1990    “Love Makes Things Happen” (with Babyface)
1991     “Backyard” (with Salt-N-Pepa)
1991    “Always” (with Cherrelle & Johnny Gill)
1995     “Are You Ready?”

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