Steve Perrywas born on January 22, 1949 in Hanford, California. He comes from Portuguese descent and was interested in music at a very young age. His father was a vocalist and other influences were Sam Cook and Al Jolson. Steveís father left the family when Steve was only seven and his mother remarried. The family moved to Tracy, California while Steve was in his teens. He played drums in a marching band while in high school. He was in the choir at the College of the Sequoias, in Visalia, California, where he sang tenor.
When Perry was in his mid-twenties, he moved to Tracy, California, and fronted the band Alien Project. The bass player of the band, Richard Michaels, was killed in a car accident and Steve almost gave up his music career because of it. He went into construction and even worked on a turkey farm at one time. With the persuasion of his mother, he joined the band, Journey, after he received a call from Walter Herbert, who was manager for the band. Journey was based in San Francisco. His first album with the group was, Infinity, and the album included his own song, Lights. He had changed the style of the bandís music and some didnít approve of it. His new pop sound was accepted after it was played on the air and they received good reviews with it. Steve was the vocalist for nine of their albums. Their, Dream After Dream (1980), was a Japanese movie soundtrack. Their album, Captured, was a live album. Their album, Escape, went to number 1 on the Billboard charts. They had a single from Escape which was called Open Arms, went to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
While Steve was working with Journey, he also recorded with other artists. He sang backup vocal on some of Sammy Hagarís songs. He also sang duet with Kenny Loggins on the 1982 hit, Donít Fight It. He worked with Sheena Easton, Clannad, and Bon Jovi. The band split up after Steve began visiting his family frequently because of his motherís illness. They split in 1987 after they did the Raised On Radio tour. Steve dropped out of the public eye and took a break from the music business.
Steve began releasing more music and the band, Journey, got back together in 1996. The group was to go on a Trial By Fire tour to promote the album of the same name but Steve injured a hip during a hiking trip in Hawaii. He had a hip replacement. Perry is still releasing solo songs and he says there is always a possibility that Journey may reunite. Steve has done a total of 3 albums and 6 singles during his solo career.
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