Steve Perry

Steve Perry

Rock Singer

Stephen Ray Perry is an American singer and songwriter. He was the lead singer of the rock band Journey during their most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987, and again from 1995 to 1998. He also wrote/co-wrote several of Journey’s hit songs.

Full Name
Stephen Ray Perry
Jan 22, 1949
5′ 7″
Net Worth


Steve Perry was born on January 22, 1949 in Hanford, California. He is an American rock singer, songwriter and record producer who gained fame as the lead vocalist for the rock band Journey from 1977 to 1987 and again from 1995 to 1998.

Perry began his musical career in 1972 when he formed a local band called Pieces. The group performed at various venues in Northern California. In 1975, Perry joined another local band called Alien Project. With this group, he recorded a demo tape which garnered attention from major record labels.

In 1977, Perry joined Journey and became their lead vocalist and frontman. With them, he recorded nine studio albums which achieved great success in the United States, Europe and South America. During his time with Journey, their songs “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Open Arms” are two of the best-selling singles of all time. In 1987, Perry left the band due to creative differences but rejoined them briefly in 1995 before departing again in 1998. 

Since then, Perry has released two solo albums (Street Talk (1984) and For The Love Of Strange Medicine (1994)) both of which have been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). He has also collaborated with other artists such as Sammy Hagar and Neal Schon on a series of projects over the years. 

In 2016, Perry was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Journey in recognition of his contributions to music during his tenure with the band.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1949</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Steve Perry is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On January 22, 1949, Steve Perry was born in Hanford, California.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1975</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Joins Journey as Lead Vocalist</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Perry joins the band Journey as their lead vocalist, replacing founding member Gregg Rolie.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1980</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Journey's First Number One Single</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Journey releases their first number one single, "Don't Stop Believin'."</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1987</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Departs from Journey</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Perry departs from Journey amidst growing tensions within the band.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1994</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Solo Album Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Perry releases his first solo album, For the Love of Strange Medicine.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1996</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Rejoins Journey</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Perry rejoins Journey and records their ninth studio album, Trial by Fire.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1998</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Departs from Journey Again</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Perry departs from Journey for a second time due to health issues.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's a Great Singer</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Steve Perry is an amazing singer, his powerful and soulful voice has the ability to transport listeners to a different time and place. His range and vocal control have made him one of the most recognizable singers in rock music.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's a Talented Songwriter</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Steve Perry is also an incredibly talented songwriter. He has written some of the most iconic rock songs of all time such as "Don't Stop Believing" and "Open Arms". His lyrics are heartfelt and meaningful, creating timeless classics that will be remembered for generations to come. </p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He's a Charismatic Performer</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Steve Perry is an incredible performer. His stage presence is electric and he commands attention wherever he goes. He has the ability to captivate audiences with his charisma and energy, making him one of the most beloved singers in rock music.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Founding Member of Journey</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Steve Perry was the original lead singer of the band Journey and helped found the band in 1973.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Left Journey for a Solo Career</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1987, Steve Perry left Journey to pursue a solo career. He released his debut solo album, Street Talk, in 1984.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Returned to Music After Retirement</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">After nearly two decades away from music, Steve Perry released his comeback album, Traces, in 2018.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2017, Steve Perry was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Journey.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Has His Own Record Label</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Steve Perry owns his own record label, Roman Records, which has released his solo albums as well as albums by other artists.</p></div>


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