Steve Perry, born on January 22, 1949, started his career as a struggling vocalist, and he grew to become the lead singer of one of the world’s best-selling rock bands. His nickname, “The Voice,” is a testament to his success as a vocalist. Perry has excelled both as a member of a rock band, Journey, and recently, as a solo artist. His unique voice, which ranges from F#2 to A5, has earned him admiration from other musicians. We will help you celebrate this vocalist’s special day right here.
Steve Perry’s beautiful tenor voice has earned him millions of fans. He struggled at the onset and almost quit music, but once he got his chance, he took it and became a household name in the industry. Perry was born on January 22, 1949, in Hanford, Kings County, California, and his zodiac sign is Aquarius. His parents, Mary Quaresma and Raymond Perry, are Portuguese immigrants from the Azores Islands. His father was a vocalist and radio station owner. His parents separated when he was eight, so he moved to Lemoore, California, with his mother.
Sam Cooke’s song ‘Cupid’ inspired him to become a singer. Perry moved to Sacramento and formed a band named Ice with Scott Mathews. However, the band wasn’t successful and never released any songs. In 1975, he moved to Thousand Oaks, California, where he formed another band called Pisces with Tim Bogert; this was also unsuccessful. He moved to Banta, California, where he formed another band called Alien Project. The band bassist died in an unfortunate accident, and Perry almost quit music.
He got his chance when he was asked to cover for the uncommitted Journey lead singer, Robert Fleischman. One day, when Fleischman was away, Perry performed with the band, and that was it. He later replaced Fleischman. His voice allowed him to change the band’s style, but some members met him with resistance. However, they saw reason with time, and he won everyone over to his new style. Journey became more successful with Perry providing lead vocals for seven of the band’s albums before releasing his first solo album “Street Talk” in 1984. “Street Talk” sold over two million copies. He left Journey in 1987 to pursue his solo career.
Steve Perry forms a band with bassist Richard Michaels.
Perry gets an invite to cover for Robert Fleischman, who was unwilling to commit to the band.
“Infinity” is Perry’s first project with Journey, transforming the band’s future.
Perry begins his career by dropping “Street Talk,” his first solo album.
Why We Love Steve Perry
He’s a romantic
Steve Perry got into a relationship with Kellie Nash because he genuinely believed their love would cure her cancer. Even though she died, we love the genuine feeling Perry had for Kellie Nash and how he is fulfilling the promise he made to her.
He is generous
Perry donates to different causes through the Steve Perry Foundation. He helps with fundraising for charities.
He helps in the fight against cancer
Every one of us must help fight against cancer. A cancer survivor himself, Perry does his part by creating awareness about the dangerous disease.
5 Surprising Facts
He wears a golden pendant
Steve Perry was given a pendant on his 12th birthday by his mother, and he still wears it for good luck.
Perry sang ‘Oh Sherrie’ for his lover
Perry dated Sherrie Swafford in the 1980s and the song was dedicated to her.
Jon Bon Jovi named him “The Voice”
Bon Jovi’s respect for Perry stood out with the nickname “The Voice.”
He sang in ‘We Are the World'
Perry was one of the singers who sang ‘We are the World’ with U.S.A. for Africa, a song to raise funds for charity.
He has investments in cattle production
He owns a cattle insemination business in California.
Steve Perry FAQs
Why did Steve Perry stop singing?
Steve Perry stopped singing many times over his career for many reasons. The reasons range from fatigue to health issues and heartbreak.
Who is Steve Perry's wife?
Steve Perry has never been married. Some of the experiences of his bandmates and his childhood have made marriage a problematic step for him.
Does Steve Perry have a child?
Yes, he does. He fathered a child named Shamila when he was in his early 20s.
Steve Perry’s birthday dates