Stephen Ray Perry (born January 22, 1949) is an American singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer of the rock band Journey during their most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987, and again from 1995 to 1998. Perry also has a successful solo career — first between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s, making sporadic appearances in the 2000s and then returning to music full-time in 2018.
Perry’s singing voice has garnered acclaim from prominent musical peers and publications; he has been dubbed “The Voice”, a moniker originally coined by Jon Bon Jovi. Ranked no. 76 on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”, Perry was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Journey on April 7, 2017.
This week on the Sounds of The 80s we feature music from: Tom Petty, Steely Dan, Toto, Huey Lewis and The News, Steve Perry, Styx, Billy Idol, Stars On 45, Traveling Wilburys, Michael Jackson, George Harrison and many more . . .
Traces is the third solo studio album by American singer and songwriter Steve Perry. It was released on October 5, 2018, through Fantasy Records. It is Perry’s first solo top 10 Billboard album.
After leaving Journey in the late 1990s, Perry withdrew from the music industry for “many reasons, but mainly my love for music had suddenly left me.” His passion was reignited after he lost his girlfriend Kellie Nash to cancer in December 2012, and he began recording Traces in May 2015.
The first single from the album, “No Erasin'”, was released on August 14, 2018. A music video accompanied the release. It peaked at number 20 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, number 38 on the Hot Rock Songs chart, and number 17 on the Rock Digital Song Sales chart. A second video for “No More Cryin'” was released on September 4, 2018. On September 20, 2018, a video for “We’re Still Here” was released.
On September 24, 2018, Perry participated in a Facebook Live event at noon PDT. The 15-minute webcast focused on the making of the album.
1. “No Erasin'” 4:07
2. “We’re Still Here” 4:06
3. “Most of All” 4:21
4. “No More Cryin'” 4:28
5. “In the Rain” 4:07
6. “Sun Shines Gray” (featuring John 5) 3:55
7. “You Belong to Me” 4:05
8. “Easy to Love” 4:02
9. “I Need You” 2:58
10. “We Fly” 3:56
This week on Rock Talk with Dominic Forbes – A discussion with Steve Perry!
Stephen Ray “Steve” Perry (born January 22, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is known as the lead singer of the rock band Journey during their most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987 and again from 1995 to 1998. Perry had a successful solo career between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s.
Perry’s singing has garnered acclaim from prominent musical peers and publications; he has been described as “The Voice”, a moniker originally coined by friend and former chart peer Jon Bon Jovi. He ranks No. 76 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time. Perry resides in Del Mar, California. – Wikipedia
Journey’s fourth album, Infinity, was released in January 1978 on Columbia Records. It was the band’s first album with vocalist Steve Perry.
Looking for a stronger lead vocalist, Journey briefly enlisted front man Robert Fleischman and even recorded a few tracks, one of which, “For You,” which later appeared on the Time3 collection, and Fleischman’s solo album, Perfect Stranger. Fleischman was soon thereafter replaced by Steve Perry due to musical and management differences. Fleischman would later resurface as the first singer in the Vinnie Vincent Invasion.
With songs like “Feeling That Way” and “Anytime,” Perry shared the vocals with former lead singer and keyboardist Gregg Rolie.
“Patiently” was the first song Perry and Neal Schon wrote together. Perry wrote the lyrics, in which he expresses the sadness of being on the road and away from home, while also expressing admiration for the band’s fans. Schon wrote the music for the song. Other popular singles included “Lights” and “Wheel in the Sky.” The latter was co-written with temporary front man Fleischman.
Journey’s manager, Herbie Herbert, enlisted producer Roy Thomas Baker to engineer “Infinity.” This produced a layered sound approach, similar to his work with Queen, as demonstrated on tracks such as “Winds of March.” In addition, Baker’s method of stacked harmonies, notable on several other albums he produced, became trademarks of Journey’s sound. Baker achieved this by having each vocalist (usually Perry and Rolie, sometimes joined by Valory and/or Schon) sing each harmony part in unison. This had the effect of making three or four voices sound like more, and is notable on the songs “Feeling that Way” and “Anytime,” which are often played in tandem consecutively on radio stations.
The addition of Perry led to a more mainstream sound, and helped Journey attain their highest chart success to date. Infinity marked the last appearance of drummer Aynsley Dunbar. -Wikipedia
||Steve Perry, Neal Schon
||“Feeling that Way”
||Aynsley Dunbar, Perry, Gregg Rolie
||Robert Fleischman, Rolie, Schon, Roger Silver, Ross Valory
||“Lă Do Dā”
||“Wheel in the Sky”
||Fleischman, Schon, Diane Valory
||“Somethin’ to Hide”
||“Winds of March”
||Schon, Matt Schon, Fleischman, Perry, Rolie
||“Opened the Door”
||Perry, Rolie, Schon