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Steve Perry is best known as the lead vocalist of famous American rock band ‘Journey’

InformationDetail
BirthdayJanuary 22, 1949
NationalityAmerican
FamousUniversity Of Toronto, Musicians, Singers
City/StateCalifornia
Known asStephen Ray Perry
Universities
  • University Of Toronto
  • Upper Canada College
  • University of Toronto
Notable Alumnis
  • University Of Toronto
Birth PlaceHanford, California, US
Height171
GenderMale
FatherRay Perry
MotherMary Perry
Net Worth$5.5 Million as of Jan 15,2017
Sun SignAquarius
Born inHanford, California, US

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Who is Steve Perry?

Steve Perry realized quite early in life that music was his sole purpose of existence, and made great efforts in his early teens to carry out musical endeavors. He soon joined the much-famed rock band ‘Journey’ as their lead vocalist. The band achieved huge commercial success during his membership. He added a clean sound to the band and refined it by adding traditional pop elements to it, making it fresh. Although his musical career was apparently fluctuating due to some unfortunate events, he nonetheless proved that he had the moral fiber to overcome them all. Steve is known to possess one of the finest voices that music of all times ever had, His friend Jon Bon Jovi had coined a moniker ‘The Voice’ for him which best described his capacity to bring alive the music elements, entwining harmony and rhythm. Overriding all the hindrances, he ‘breathed’ music all his life. In the later phase of his career, he released many solo albums, which were a part of his musical pursuits before signing up with ‘Journey’. At present, he lives in Del Mar, California.

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Childhood & Early Life

Steve was born to Ray Perry, vocalist and owner of radio station KNGS, and his wife Mary Perry. His family was of Portuguese descent which helped him acquire fluency in both English and Portuguese.

After few years of his birth, his parents got divorced and he moved in with his mother and grandparents. He was 14 when his mother met and married Marv who provided him considerable encouragement to carry out his musical pursuit.

His family moved to Lemoore, California, where he attended the local high school and actively participated in the school’s marching band as well as other bands.

He was quite young when he heard Sam Cooke on the radio for the first time. Cooke’s song ‘Cupid’ inspired him to take up singing seriously as a full-time career.

In his early days, he carried out his musical endeavor by joining with like-minded friends in groups and giving performances in local barbershop Quartet. ‘The Sullies’ was the highly rewarding of them all in which he played drums and sang. It won the battle of the bands in Calaveras outshining 80 other bands.

He attended College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California where he was the first tenor in their choir. Although he did not complete his formal education, the musician within him overshadowed his other attributes.

In his early twenties, he moved to Sacramento where he started a band ‘Ice’ with a 16-year-old Scott Matthews (now a famous American musician). But soon it got disbanded due to inadequate supervision and inefficient management.

In 1977, he formed a band ‘Alien Project’ along with Craig Krampf which earned them a recording contract with Chrysalis and Columbia Records, right away after their first performance. Unfortunately, the band’s bassist Richard Michaels died in a car accident on 4th July in the same year.

As a result of this ill-fated event, he returned to Lemoore and decided not to take-up his singing career further. But, support and encouragement from his mother persuaded him not to give up. Fortunately, he soon got a call from Walter ‘Herbie’ Herbert, the manager of a San-Francisco based band, ‘Journey’, who had come across his Alien Project demo tape.

Career

On October 28, 1977, he made his public debut with ‘Journey’ in San Francisco. The band soon moved to mainstream rock with Perry on their side and released the first album with him, ‘Infinity’, which led to substantial increase in sales. It included his self-composed song ‘Lights’ which became an instantaneous chartbuster.

In 1979, ‘evolution’ was released and it too became a huge seller, featuring Journey’s first top 20 hits, ‘Loving, touching, squeezing’. In the following year, ‘Escape’ was released packed with hits such as ‘Don’t stop believing’. It became the band’s best-seller album, selling more than 7 million copies.

In 1983, one of era’s top selling albums, ‘Frontiers’ was released. In the same year, ‘Journey’ undertook an extensive tour to fund its recordings. Following this, Perry released his first solo album ‘Street talk’ which included his first biggest hit as a solo artist, ‘Oh Sherrie’, written for his then-girlfriend Sherrie Swafford.

A series of unfortunate events compelled him to leave ‘Journey’ unofficially in 1986. Thereafter, he took a seven years break from the music industry. He reunited with ‘Journey’ in 1996, for the reunion album, ‘Trial by Fire’, which was a huge success, making its way into the third position in billboard chart. But due to a hip injury, he couldn’t continue further with the band.

In 1998, he released “greatest hits + 5 unreleased”, a solo compilation album which included an original Alien Project demo.

In 2005, he did many background vocals and covers along with the ‘Ambrosia’s lead vocalist, David Pack.

Major Works

In 1984, he released his first solo album, ‘Street Talk’, which was his biggest hit as a solo artist. It also included “Oh Sherrie”, whic was written for his then girlfriend, Sherrie Swafford, who also appeared in the music video. The song attained topmost position in the US rock charts and received heavy airplay on MTV.

In 1985, he was one of the 21 singers in the charity single, ‘We are the world’, recorded by the super group ‘USA for Africa’. It won him much respect and admiration from his fans all across USA.

In 1998, he recorded several songs for the soundtrack of ‘Quest for Camelot’, a Warner Bros. film. It can be found on the motion pictures soundtrack now.

In 2006, he remastered and re-released his two solo projects, ‘Street Talk’ and ‘for the love of strange medicine’ and ‘Greatest Hits’ CD.

Awards & Achievements

His band ‘Journey’ was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording at 6750 Hollywood Boulevard at Hollywood, California.

He was included in one of the music’s top 100 singers list by the Rolling Stones magazine.

Personal Life

The relationship between him and his girlfriend Sherri Swafford didn’t work out and caused him much heartache. His break-up pain is apparent in many of his musical compositions.

His mother Mary was diagnosed with a serious neurological illness which resulted into her death on December 4, 1985. Her untimely death affected him and his career profoundly.

Trivia

His 1984 music video ‘Foolish heart’ does not have a single editorial cut.

He has shown a good deal of interest in cattle and dairy-farming including an interest in bovine insemination business in Central valley, California.

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Steve Perry biography timelines

  • // 22nd Jan 1949
    Steve was born to Ray Perry, vocalist and owner of radio station KNGS, and his wife Mary Perry. His family was of Portuguese descent which helped him acquire fluency in both English and Portuguese.
  • // 1977
    In 1977, he formed a band ‘Alien Project’ along with Craig Krampf which earned them a recording contract with Chrysalis and Columbia Records, right away after their first performance. Unfortunately, the band’s bassist Richard Michaels died in a car accident on 4th July in the same year.
  • // 1977
    As a result of this ill-fated event, he returned to Lemoore and decided not to take-up his singing career further. But, support and encouragement from his mother persuaded him not to give up. Fortunately, he soon got a call from Walter ‘Herbie’ Herbert, the manager of a San-Francisco based band, ‘Journey’, who had come across his Alien Project demo tape.
  • // 1977
    On October 28, 1977, he made his public debut with ‘Journey’ in San Francisco. The band soon moved to mainstream rock with Perry on their side and released the first album with him, ‘Infinity’, which led to substantial increase in sales. It included his self-composed song ‘Lights’ which became an instantaneous chartbuster.
  • // 1979
    In 1979, ‘evolution’ was released and it too became a huge seller, featuring Journey’s first top 20 hits, ‘Loving, touching, squeezing’. In the following year, ‘Escape’ was released packed with hits such as ‘Don’t stop believing’. It became the band’s best-seller album, selling more than 7 million copies.
  • // 1983
    In 1983, one of era’s top selling albums, ‘Frontiers’ was released. In the same year, ‘Journey’ undertook an extensive tour to fund its recordings. Following this, Perry released his first solo album ‘Street talk’ which included his first biggest hit as a solo artist, ‘Oh Sherrie’, written for his then-girlfriend Sherrie Swafford.
  • // 1984
    In 1984, he released his first solo album, ‘Street Talk’, which was his biggest hit as a solo artist. It also included “Oh Sherrie”, whic was written for his then girlfriend, Sherrie Swafford, who also appeared in the music video. The song attained topmost position in the US rock charts and received heavy airplay on MTV.
  • // 1984
    His 1984 music video ‘Foolish heart’ does not have a single editorial cut.
  • // 1985
    In 1985, he was one of the 21 singers in the charity single, ‘We are the world’, recorded by the super group ‘USA for Africa’. It won him much respect and admiration from his fans all across USA.
  • // 1986 To 1996
    A series of unfortunate events compelled him to leave ‘Journey’ unofficially in 1986. Thereafter, he took a seven years break from the music industry. He reunited with ‘Journey’ in 1996, for the reunion album, ‘Trial by Fire’, which was a huge success, making its way into the third position in billboard chart. But due to a hip injury, he couldn’t continue further with the band.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, he released “greatest hits + 5 unreleased”, a solo compilation album which included an original Alien Project demo.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, he recorded several songs for the soundtrack of ‘Quest for Camelot’, a Warner Bros. film. It can be found on the motion pictures soundtrack now.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, he did many background vocals and covers along with the ‘Ambrosia’s lead vocalist, David Pack.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, he remastered and re-released his two solo projects, ‘Street Talk’ and ‘for the love of strange medicine’ and ‘Greatest Hits’ CD.

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Steve Perry's FAQ

  • What is Steve Perry birthday?

    Steve Perry was born at 1949-01-22

  • Where is Steve Perry's birth place?

    Steve Perry was born in Hanford, California, US

  • What is Steve Perry nationalities?

    Steve Perry's nationalities is American

  • What was Steve Perry universities?

    Steve Perry studied at University Of Toronto, Upper Canada College, University of Toronto

  • What was Steve Perry notable alumnis?

    Steve Perry's notable alumnis is University Of Toronto

  • How tall is Steve Perry?

    Steve Perry's height is 171

  • Who is Steve Perry's father?

    Steve Perry's father is Ray Perry

  • Who is Steve Perry's mother?

    Steve Perry's mother is Mary Perry

  • What is Steve Perry's sun sign?

    Steve Perry is Aquarius