1-22-2013

I’d like to thank everyone for their well wishes for my birthday. There is so much I’d like to share with you, but that will have to happen at another time.

My birthday present this year was meeting June Foray. She's a cartoon voice over legend – I love all of her work! She was and is the voice of Rocky the flying squirrel and many other female voices on The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show, and she also did many voices for Disney, Hanna-Barbera and Warner Brothers cartoons, too! When I was a kid, she was my hero. Her characters were gentle and loving voices – voices I so needed in my childhood. It’s safe to say that her work got me through many tough times as a kid.

Thanks, June..... You’re the best!







10-15-2012



Universal Publishing signs Steve Perry deal

by Tim Ingham @ MusicWeek

Don’t Stop Believin’ hitmaker Steve Perry has signed an exclusive publishing administration agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group for the world outside of the US and Canada,

The deal includes all songs written or co-written by Perry throughout his career, including as lead singer of Journey and his solo work.

“One of the greatest voices in the history of rock also wrote or co-wrote some of rocks greatest songs. We couldn’t be prouder that he has chosen to bring those songs to UMPG. We look forward to working with him on both his iconic catalog and his new songs,” said Zach Horowitz, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group. 

Steve Perry said, “I so look forward to being a part of the Universal Music Publishing Group. I know they really get what songs are about and they still believe in the magic of music."

As the lead singer of Journey and in his solo career, Perry is responsible for writing or co-writing tracks such as Oh Sherrie, Any Way You Want It, Foolish Heart, Separate Ways (Worlds Apart), Open Arms, Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin,’ and Who's Crying Now.

His songs have been featured on television shows such as Glee and American Idol, and in Broadway plays like Rock of Ages and films like Monster, Money Ball. Artists who have recorded cover versions of his songs include Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride, and Rise Against. 

In the UK, the Glee cast version of Don’t Stop Believin’ went to No.2 on the Official Singles chart.

Infinity, Perry’s first album with Journey, has sold more than 3 million copies while 1981’s Escape has sold more than 12.4 million worldwide. 

The band’s Greatest Hits album, with most songs written or co-written by Steve Perry, has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. Journey’s catalog has now sold over 60 million






1-22-08



Steve Perry January 22, 2008 My My MY....Well here we are again. In '06 I told ya I was 43 and since then I've had to come to terms with the fact that I had stretched the truth just a pinch. So I wanna tell ya that today, I turned 49...................again.

I'll tell ya a quick story. When I was a kid, one of my most favorite things was when we went on trips to the snow. I was 8 and living in Hanford Ca. and my birthday was one day away. I had heard on the news that there was a high possibility that it could snow on the 22nd. I started wishing and praying that it would. When I awoke, I looked out my bedroom window and there it was- SNOW EVERYWHERE!!...........I swear, I swear- this is the truth. OMG........I couldn't believe it.......!! You see, it never snows in Hanford and the school buses were not equipped with chains. School was called off and out I went into my own Backyard Winter Wonderland. It was only about 2 inches worth but it lasted till 4 PM that day. What a great Birthday that was. One I'll never forget.

So 41 years later here I am. {heheheh} I received a call this morning from someone who shall remain anonymous. It was brought to my attention that there have been many nice {and some Sexy Nice} birthday messages posted for me on various sites. There were so many that they could not all be read to me but please know this.............I appreciate them and thank you all. I wish you and yours all of the very best of everything in the New Year. xoxo


 Steve Perry



6-1-08



I started writing music again, at the beginning of last summer. I had not opened that up in over ten years. I was reluctant to try to write some more, but now I’ve been doing that, and it’s been a real experience. I got ProTools, and I’m working on stuff. I’m not sure what I’m gonna do with it yet, but I got a lot of material, and a lot of it I really like. I’m in the boil-down process. I got these ProTools sketches of songs, and I guess it’s time to record some of ‘em. I guess I have a desire to sing and write music again, and I’m letting it take me places. It’s been painful. Sometimes, when I hear myself sing, I sound like Steve Perry, and sometimes that has a lot of memories attached to it. I’m serious. I just told somebody that, a couple weeks ago, a writer that I’m working with—my own voice is sometimes difficult to hear. Because it reminds me of so much. But I’m embracing it. And I’ve played some of the stuff for friends, and for some people that aren’t afraid to tell me the truth. And they’ve really liked it. It sounds like me, they’ve said. And that’s great. It’s been a love-hate thing. All creative processes are a love-hate thing. Anything worth anything has got to be that way. Right?



7-3-09



Steve was contacted by various media outlets for his thoughts on the untimely death of Michael Jackson (June 25, 2009). The following are his comments. Excerpts may appear in other publications such as Life Magazine & Billboard Magazine.

What are some of your memories of working with Michael Jackson on "We Are The World"

 I was originally contacted by Lionel Richie’s manager, Ken Kragen who told me that Lionel & Michael had written a song called “We Are The World” for a project they were doing together called U.S.A. For Africa. He wanted to know if I was interested in joining the choir with many other recording artists. I said, “Sure...that would be fantastic!” The next thing I knew I was at A&M studios in Hollywood in a room full of so many artists that I grew up with and admired. After we had done the chorus choir of “We Are The World” it was time to do the verses.

They told everyone to look at the floor and if your name was there, you were selected for a verse step-out vocal. I glanced at the floor and written on gray duct tape I saw the names of Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Diana Ross, Kenny Loggins and so many more that I was stunned. Then I glanced down and saw my own name on the floor and I got pretty nervous. Lionel Richie had called me earlier and discussed why he wanted me to be there and I believe he had a lot to do with me having a step-out moment.

I wasn’t sure what they were going to have me sing, but from that point on, I was all ears – trust me! For the longest period of time, I really wanted to meet Michael Jackson but for whatever reason, it just never happened. During the recording session, I remember how barraged Michael was with so many artists trying to talk to him. Out of respect, I left him alone. Instead, I went into the catering room and hung out with Bette Midler and Paul Simon.

 Years later during the live rehearsals for the "Bad" tour, I finally got to meet and talk to Michael. He was very gracious and made me feel very welcome. I felt so lucky to stand stage left while they ran the entire, full dress rehearsal of the show. What an experience to watch him perform that close up!*

 Do you have a favorite Michael Jackson song?

Michael's total body of work is so beautiful and massive that it's really impossible to have any one favorite. I know that every single time he released new music, the quality was always amazing and cutting edge. No artists ever wanted to release their music at the same time that Michael’s was released simply because the anticipation and subsequent sales from his records was too much for anyone to compete with.

 How do you feel Michael has changed the music business?

 Michael was always reaching for great songs, great vocal performances, better recording and production values, better and better music videos with new dance moves, and great sing along hooks that are still to this day, truly timeless. I think everyone will remember the first time they saw Michael do the Moonwalk on television. I could not resist jumping up and trying it at least once or twice because it was such an amazing move.

After many failed attempts, needless-to-say, I never tried that again. Lastly, I'd like to add that the first time I ever heard Michael Jackson sing was on the Jackson 5 single "ABC." Immediately, I knew how truly talented and gifted he was.