AMR Songs, a global independent publishing company founded by music industry veteran Tamara Conniff, has acquired Kimberly Perry‘s songwriting interests in “If I Die Young,” which won The Band Perry the CMA Single of the Year and Song of the Year trophies in 2011.
Nearly 13 years since its release, the chart-topping, multi-Platinum hit “If I Die Young” still averages up to one million streams per week across all platforms. Perry recently released a new version of the song, her first new solo single, “If I Die Young Pt. 2” on Records Nashville/Columbia, which uniquely interpolates the original. Her new version was the No. 1 most added song at country radio on its add-week.
Perry was the only writer of “If I Die Young,” but teamed up with writers Nicolle Galyon and Jimmy Robbins to co-write “If I Die Young Pt. 2” for her solo project. The lyrics tell another poignant story from the same girl, only with a different perspective and trajectory. Perry’s new solo album Bloom will be released June 9.
“Kimberly Perry is an inspiration and tremendous talent, and I’m a huge fan,” says Conniff. “It’s been amazing getting to know her and a complete honor for our team, particularly in this exciting phase of her career as a solo artist. We are obsessed with ‘If I Die Young’ and Part 2 is incredible! It’s going to excite a lot of fans and stimulate even more interest in all of her repertoire.” “Working with Tamara and AMR Songs has been truly a creative partnership. When I told her I really wanted to re-record my version of ‘If I Die Young,’ she asked if I had ever thought about doing a Part 2 of the song, rewriting both verses to tell the story about the girl that didn’t die young,” says Perry. “’If I Die Young’ has always been my North Star and I feel fans will strongly connect to Part 2 and the new album, which evolved very organically and reflects my life and career growth. I’m so grateful to be working with AMR, as I start my solo career, and can’t wait for the fans to hear ‘If I Die Young Pt 2’!”