Steve Perry

Steve Perry

Vocalist of the American group "'Journey'"
Date of Birth: 22.01.1949
Country: USA

Content:
  1. Biography of Steve Perry
  2. Early Life and Musical Influences
  3. Solo Career and Return to Journey
  4. Recent Years

Biography of Steve Perry

Steve Perry, the vocalist of the American band "Journey," is known for his extensive vocal range, spanning from high tenor to low bass, and his ability to quickly transition from low notes to high notes, as showcased in the album "Departure" (song "Homemade Love"). He is most famous as the lead vocalist of the rock band "Journey" from 1978 to 1987 and 1995 to 1998. Perry achieved success as a solo artist in the late 1980s and early 1990s, which he continues to pursue to this day. His album "Street Talk," released in 1984, reached 12th place on the charts and earned double platinum status. His 1994 release, "Love of Strange Medicine," reached 15th place on the charts and achieved gold status. Perry is ranked 76th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" due to his impeccable vocals, technical mastery, and emotional performance. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 as a member of "Journey" and in 2009 as a solo artist.

Steve Perry

Early Life and Musical Influences

Steve Ray Perry was born on January 22, 1949, in Hanford, California, USA, to a family with Portuguese roots. Perry was naturally drawn to music as his father was a vocalist. The works of Sam Cooke and Al Jolson had a significant influence on him. When Perry was seven years old, his father left the family. His mother, Mary Quaresma, later remarried. At the age of ten, Perry heard Sam Cooke's song "Cupid" in his mother's car, which inspired him to become a singer. In his teenage years, Perry moved with his family to Lemore, California. Here, he attended middle school, grew his hair long, and played drums in the school orchestra and extracurricular activities. Perry continued his education at Sequoia College in Visalia, California, where he eventually showcased his talent as a tenor in the choir. After moving to Banta, California, a small agricultural town, Perry became the lead singer of the band "Alien Project." However, the tragic death of the band's bassist, Richard Michael, in a car accident almost made Perry give up music. He returned to Lemore and planned to pursue a career in his stepfather's business. However, at the urging of his mother, Perry accepted an offer from Walter "Herbie" Herbert, the manager of the rock band "Journey" from San Francisco. After listening to a demo recording of the Alien Project's song "If You Need Me, Call Me," Herbert suggested that the young singer would be a perfect replacement for Journey's current frontman, Robert Fleischman. To avoid conflict, Perry was introduced to the band as John Villanueva, a Portuguese cousin who was supposed to work with the group during their tour. During the soundcheck and equipment setup in Long Beach, Herbert informed the members of Journey about the upcoming change in the lineup. Perry brought a completely new pop sound to the band's music, despite initial dissatisfaction from his fellow band members and Journey fans who were accustomed to their progressive rock sound. He made his debut in front of the audience on October 28, 1977, in San Francisco, receiving mixed reviews. However, with Journey's first album featuring Perry, "Infinity," he gained a new army of fans. The album included his own composition titled "Lights." Perry went on to become the lead vocalist on eight more Journey albums: "Evolution," "Departure," "Dream, After Dream," "Captured," "Escape," "Frontiers," "Raised on Radio," and "Trial By Fire." The single "Open Arms" from the album "Escape" became their biggest hit, spending two weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

Steve Perry

Solo Career and Return to Journey

In 1984, Perry released his first solo album, "Street Talk," during a break from Journey's touring in support of their album "Frontiers." The solo CD achieved multi-platinum status and sold over two million copies. Despite his solo success, Perry decided to put his second solo project on hold and dedicated himself to the album "Raised On Radio." After recording "Raised on Radio," Perry returned to San Joaquin to visit his family and his ailing mother. Due to his prolonged absence, Journey disbanded in 1987, and Perry disappeared from the public eye and the music industry for many years. The classic lineup of the band from 1981 to 1985 reunited in 1996 to record the album "Trial by Fire," which was a huge success, reaching third place on the Billboard charts and earning platinum status. However, the euphoria of their newfound fame was short-lived. Perry injured his hip and was unable to participate in the concert tour. He required a hip replacement surgery which he was unwilling to undergo. It took Perry 17 months to recover and return to full health.

Steve Perry

Recent Years

After a successful surgery, Perry released a compilation of his hits, the album "For the Love of Strange Medicine," and contributed to various soundtracks. Currently, Steve Perry is recording a new album and resides in Del Mar, California.

Steve Perry

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