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Steve Perry, known by critics and fans for his exceptional “high tenor altino” voice, is a successful singer-songwriter. He was lead vocalist for rock & roll band, Journey.
His father was a singer and a radio station co-owner, hence his early fascination with music.
His decision to become a singer came after hearing Cupid by Sam Cooke on the radio in 1961.
He played the drums in his high school marching band and sang tenor in the College of the Sequoias choir.
He and Scott Mathews formed a band, Ice in 1971 and Pieces with Tim Bogert in 1975 but both bands quickly disbanded.
Best Known For
Known as “The Voice”, a nickname given to him by Jon Bon Jovi, his time with Journey is acclaimed for songs such as Don’t Stop Believin’ in 1981, Separate Ways in 1983 and Wheel in the Sky in 1978.
He is also famed for solo songs such as Oh Sherrie in 1984, You Better Wait in 1994.
Steve is straight but surprisingly, the former rockstar has never been married. His first relationship was with Sherrie Swafford in 1980 and the song Oh Sherrie was a dedication to her. They broke up in 1986 and in 2011 he met Kellie Nash and they fell in love immediately. She died in December 2012.
Although his whole family is deceased, he is the son of Raymond Perry (Pereira) and Mary Quaresma and has no siblings.
Steve is not religious but is spiritual and very open-minded. His bandmates still recall the moment he brought a Bible to their recording studio in 1996.
Worth To Know
His good luck charm is a gold musical note pendant his mother got him for his 12th birthday.His recent album, Traces was released in 2018 and charted at No. 6 in US.