Country music singer PERRY SNYDER was born in Saint Joseph, Michigan, and raised on a blueberry and hog farm in Grand Junction, Michigan.
Growing up Perry was exposed to a lot of music ranging from country to rock n roll. His dad is big into rock n roll as well as classic rock. His mom and his maternal grandparents were big into country music.
“I spent a lot of time listening to music. Every weekend during the school years and most summers I spent at my grandparents house and they were always listening to WMAQ, an AM radio station out of Chicago. Then when I was home if I had a hand held radio or an alarm with a radio I would listen to that same station until the late 80’s when it changed format and went to talk radio.”
Perry knew early in life he wanted to be a country singer. “As soon as I heard Waylon and Willie sing “Momma, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” I knew I wanted to sing.”
By the age of 16, he was singing country gospel music in a couple of area churches. “I will admit, I started out being way off key.” He laughs, “It took me a while to realize that! A music leader at my church pointed it out to me after I had already spent about a year singing which was about 10 or 15 times by then. I was about 18 by the time I could get through a whole song on key. “I just thought singers just did their thing. I didn’t know about being on key.”
By 2004, at age 30, Perry started singing at karaoke bars around southwest lower Michigan. He also became a karaoke DJ. “I did this three or four nights a week for years. I had a blast with these shows, but it just wasn’t fulfilling enough for me as an entertainer. I wanted to be a country music singer doing concerts around the country or world.”
Finally at age 43, Perry went to Nashville, Tennessee and recorded his first album, “Keeping With Tradition”. “Recording this album was such a blast. Nashville was a whole new experience for me and I learned so much. My, producer and album engineer, Mark Moseley also taught me so much that I feel I became a better singer as a result. He had me hitting notes I never thought I could hit.” Perry smiles. “I can’t wait to get back down to Nashville and work on album number 2 with Mark.”
Perry’s musical influences are Waylon Jennings, Mark Chesnutt, (both are respectively Perry’s #1 and #2 all time favorite artists). Other influences include Mickey Gilley, Ed Bruce, Vern Gosdin, The Oak Ridge Boys, Travis Tritt, Confederate Railroad, The Moody Blues, and Freddie Mercury of Queen.