Perri "Pebbles" McKissack had some success in the late 80s with songs like Mercedes Boy and Girlfriend. She married LaFace Records co-owner LA Reid and went on to discover the popular female hip hop group TLC. Today she is an ordained minister. She was born Aug. 29, 1964 in Oakland, CA. Pebbles is a childhood nickname. She started out in the 80s as a backup singer for Bill Summers and then the funk group Con Funk Shun. She signed with MCA Records and producers Antonio "LA" Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds right after the duo had success with Bobby Brown. So they had become golden boys at MCA. Pebbles debut single Girlfriend topped the R & B Singles chart and reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her second single Mercedes Boy did even better. It also topped the R & B Singles chart and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Pebbles wrote Mercedes Boy and it was produced by Gap Band lead singer Charlie Wilson. The 1988 album Pebbles was certified Platinum. By 1989, Pebbles married Reid and Reid and Babyface founded LaFace. Pebbles 1990 album Always was certified Gold and the single Giving You The Benefit reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Then she discovered TLC and they became the biggest act on LaFace. Later on TLC declared bankruptcy and accused Pebbles of mismanaging their money. She denied the charge. She divorced Reid in 1996. Pebbles recorded her third album Straight From My Heart in 1995 with producer Sean "Puffy" Combs. It didn't sell. I just think five years was too long a gap to expect fans to remember her. This budget comp has all her hits. Then she quit secular music and founded WOGCL Ministries: Women Of God Changing Lives Through Christ. She is still doing that in Atlanta and recorded a gospel album in 2008 as Sister Perri called Prophetic Flows Vol. I & II. Her daughter Ashley Reid is a photographer. Her son Aaron Alexander is a musician and her other son Tian Reid is an aspiring actor. Here's the video for Mercedes Boy by Pebbles.