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Steve Augeri is an American rock singer, well known as the lead vocalist for the rock group Journey

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BirthdayJanuary 30, 1959
NationalityAmerican
FamousSingers, Rock Singers
City/StateNew Yorkers
Birth PlaceBrooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Height178
GenderMale
FatherE
MotherEmma Augeri
Sun SignAquarius
Born inBrooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Famous asSinger
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Who is Steve Augeri?

Steve Augeri is an American rock singer, well-known as the lead vocalist for the rock group Journey, which released some of the best-known songs in modern rock music. A versatile singer that he is, he draws from diverse musical influences to deliver a unique melodic rock genre. Prior to joining Journey, he founded the band Tall Stories, which stirred and changed the melodic rock scene and compelled the listeners to take notice of the band.He was also a part of the hard rock band Tyketto, with whom he recorded the popular album ‘Shine’. Attributing his love for music to his father, Steve Augeri joined Journey as the fourth lead vocalist, but soon became the first lead vocalist replacing Steve Perry. He debuted with the band by recording the popular song ‘Remember Me’, from the seven-time platinum soundtrack album from the movie ‘Armageddon’. For eight years he toured with the group to reclaim the band’s position in the melodic rock landscape as one of America’s premier rock bands. After his departure from Journey, he formed the supergroup Ünderwörld.

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Childhood & Early Life

Steve Augeri was born on January 30, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York City, USA, as the son of Joseph and Emma. He was raised in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn.

He attributes his love and passion for music to his father, and many years of listening to Sinatra, R&B, Soul, and Country music on an old Emerson clock radio. He also shows gratitude to his grammar school music teacher, Fredrick Torregrossa, who recognized his talent for music, and encouraged him to develop his potential for singing.

For some time, he studied woodwinds at New York City’s High School of Music and Art. Soon he realized his love for classical music, and switched to bassoon. He also attended the summer camps of the French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts, which he stated was a great experience. There he supervised children of the Rock Band classes.

He dropped out of college due to financial constraints, and started a rock and roll band. “I had a music addiction, and I had to do everything to feed it,” Steve Augeri later stated in an interview. So he did everything from bartending to waiting tables while working on developing his career in music.

Career

Steve Augeri worked as a session vocalist for some time during the early years of his musical career. In 1984, he was hired as a background vocalist for the renowned hard rock guitarist, Michael Schenker of UFO and Scorpions fame.

While Steve was looking for a new guitar at Manny’s Music on NYC’s 48th St., he met guitarist Jack Morer, and together they formed Tall Stories, a band that consisted of Steve as the vocalist, Jack as the guitarist, Kevin Totoian as the bass guitarist, and Tom DeFaria as the drummer.

A few times a week, Tall Stories performed at The Bitter End on Bleeker Street, where notable musicians like Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, and George Carlin have also performed. In the meantime, they worked on their upcoming album.

In 1991, Tall Stories released their eponymous album on Epic Records, an American major record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, and rose to prominence. The group changed the rock scenario with their innovative music which was influenced by diverse sounds ranging from Blues to Rock, Funk to Punk, and Country to Reggae. As a result, their music was unique and different from the standard rock genre.

Despite receiving overwhelming response from fans and critics, the evolving musical climate in the US forced the band to take a backstage and hibernate after its last performance in Paris on New Year's Eve in 1995.

Augeri bonded with Brooke St. James of the hard melodic rock band Tyketto and wrote songs for the band. The band soon invited him to join as their lead vocalist. The group released the album ‘Shine’ in 1995 and went on a tour of Europe which eventually resulted in the release of the album ‘Take Out & Served Up Live’ in 1996.

In 1996, after his son was born, he decided to stay closer to home and accepted a position in with the clothing retailer GAP as a maintenance manager for their network of stores in New York City. He was with GAP for one year.

After leaving GAP in 1997, Augeri once again ventured into the musical scenario. Following an introduction by guitarist Joe Cefalu, Steve received a call from Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon who offered him an audition for their rock band Journey.

In 1998, Steve Augeri was named Journey’s fourth lead vocalist. He became the first lead vocalist when Steve Perry left the group. For the next eight years, he toured with the band, making it one of America’s premier rock bands. The song ‘Remember Me,’ marked his recording debut with the band. The live DVD of their Las Vegas concert, titled ‘Journey 2001,’ was released in December 2000; it acquired platinum status.

The group’s album ‘Arrival’ was released in 2001 and the EP ‘Red 13’, in 2002. The album ‘Generations’, released in 2005, was his last studio album with Journey. In 2006, he had to quit the group due to his vocal problems from which he had been suffering since 2003. Before the departure, there were rumors that Steve had been lip-syncing during live performances for years.

Around this time, members of ‘Tall Stories’ regrouped and the band’s rebirth in 2008 was termed as the band’s second chapter by its fans. It performed at Firefest V in Nottingham, UK in October 2008. Their performance included songs from their first album, as well as new songs from their upcoming album, ‘Skyscraper’, which was released on January 23, 2009 by Frontiers Records.

The album ‘Skyscraper’ featured music and songs that were melodically rich and diverse. From the opening track, ‘Tomorrow’, to the final song, ‘You Shall be Free’, the album is “a musical tapestry of different colors and textures,” wrote critics. Steve Augeri concluded that, “Although there was too long a gap between the first album and the second, fate and timing have allowed us to come back together and create music that inspires us individually and collectively.”

Over the next few years, Steve Augeri released a number of singles. The single ‘Riverside’ was released in 2010, followed by the single ‘Photograph’ in 2011. Another single ‘Hours in the Day’ was released in 2012, and ‘For The Rest Of My Life’ and ‘Behind The Sun’ were released in 2013. In 2014, he released ‘Home Again.’

In 2014, he formed the supergroup Ünderwörld, along with guitarist Kee Marcello, bassist Svante Henryson, and drummer Virgil Donati.

Major Work

Steve Augeri is well-known for his contribution to the album ‘Tall Stories.’ When the album was released in 1991, the musical scenario in the US was going through a metamorphosis. As a result, ‘Tall Stories’ was accepted as a breath of fresh air in the melodic rock scene. The unique album immediately created a sensation among the rock fans and received critical acclaim.

Awards & Achievements

The album ‘Tall Stories’ was nominated for Best Debut Album, and Steve Augeri was nominated for Best Debut Male Vocalist, at the 1992 New York Music Awards.

Personal Life

Steve Augeri married Lydia Cirillo, and their son Adam was born in 1996. He and his wife support many charities like Journey to the Cure (Breast Cancer Foundation), Little Baby Face Foundation, Diamond Angels (Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital), and March of Dimes, with personal appearances and live performances.

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Steve Augeri biography timelines

  • // 30th Jan 1959
    Steve Augeri was born on January 30, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York City, USA, as the son of Joseph and Emma. He was raised in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn.
  • // 1984
    Steve Augeri worked as a session vocalist for some time during the early years of his musical career. In 1984, he was hired as a background vocalist for the renowned hard rock guitarist, Michael Schenker of UFO and Scorpions fame.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, Tall Stories released their eponymous album on Epic Records, an American major record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, and rose to prominence. The group changed the rock scenario with their innovative music which was influenced by diverse sounds ranging from Blues to Rock, Funk to Punk, and Country to Reggae. As a result, their music was unique and different from the standard rock genre.
  • // 1991
    Steve Augeri is well-known for his contribution to the album ‘Tall Stories.’ When the album was released in 1991, the musical scenario in the US was going through a metamorphosis. As a result, ‘Tall Stories’ was accepted as a breath of fresh air in the melodic rock scene. The unique album immediately created a sensation among the rock fans and received critical acclaim.
  • // 1992
    The album ‘Tall Stories’ was nominated for Best Debut Album, and Steve Augeri was nominated for Best Debut Male Vocalist, at the 1992 New York Music Awards.
  • // 1995
    Despite receiving overwhelming response from fans and critics, the evolving musical climate in the US forced the band to take a backstage and hibernate after its last performance in Paris on New Year's Eve in 1995.
  • // 1995 To 1996
    Augeri bonded with Brooke St. James of the hard melodic rock band Tyketto and wrote songs for the band. The band soon invited him to join as their lead vocalist. The group released the album ‘Shine’ in 1995 and went on a tour of Europe which eventually resulted in the release of the album ‘Take Out & Served Up Live’ in 1996.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, after his son was born, he decided to stay closer to home and accepted a position in with the clothing retailer GAP as a maintenance manager for their network of stores in New York City. He was with GAP for one year.
  • // 1996
    Steve Augeri married Lydia Cirillo, and their son Adam was born in 1996. He and his wife support many charities like Journey to the Cure (Breast Cancer Foundation), Little Baby Face Foundation, Diamond Angels (Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital), and March of Dimes, with personal appearances and live performances.
  • // 1997
    After leaving GAP in 1997, Augeri once again ventured into the musical scenario. Following an introduction by guitarist Joe Cefalu, Steve received a call from Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon who offered him an audition for their rock band Journey.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, he formed the supergroup Ünderwörld, along with guitarist Kee Marcello, bassist Svante Henryson, and drummer Virgil Donati.

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