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Stephen Ray Perry (born January 22, 1949, in Hanford, California) is an American singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Journey.

Steve Perry is the only child of Raymond F. Perry (born Raymond Pereira) and Mary C. Quaresma and is of Portuguese heritage (Pico island, Azores). Steve grew up interested in music, as his father was a vocalist. He also counts Sam Cooke and Al Jolson among his early inspirations. The Perry family was close-knit until Ray left when Steve was 7. His mother later remarried, and Steve remained extremely close to her. On his twelfth birthday, Mary presented Steve with a gold eighth note necklace, which he still wears for good luck.

The family moved to Lemoore, California during Steve’s teen years. While in Lemoore, the young long-haired singer continued to pursue his interest in music. He attended high school there, drumming in the marching band as well as in extracurricular bands. He attended Visalia, California’s College of the Sequoias for a short time after graduation, where he took first tenor in the choir there. Steve’s mother encouraged his musical growth during this time.

Steve Perry moved to Los Angeles and fronted the band Alien Project in his mid twenties. He nearly gave up music when the bassist of that band, Richard Michaels, was killed in a tragic car accident. Filled with grief, Steve returned to Lemoore and decided not to continue his singing career, instead following in his stepfather’s trade of construction, once working on a turkey farm.

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  • thebroadcast

    I believe in you Steve !

    9 Aug 4:52am Reply
  • Antonionii

    Greatest voice. Hold on to the feeling, yeah!

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • pitu00

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • AleysterCrowley

    ESSE CARA É O PIPOCO, CANTA MUITO...

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ZWSnyder

    Yea, this guy has pipes that even women wished they had!

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • sed1skinbase

    Can't do much wrong!

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • MetalMelo

    Captured By The Moment...what a great song! Just awesome! <3

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
  • cousinbull

    have a happy one, bro

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • BobbiYsmael

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SEXY PORTUGUESE ANGEL FROM HEAVEN. I wanted to be the first to tell you happy birthday. Even though you may not get this. I wish I could give you a happy birthday in a different way. I'm still the first to tell you. PEACE, LOVE, AND HAVE FUN. You're Bobbi always.

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • MalyokaS

    Классный голос, таких очень мало!

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    One of the best voices in the world [3]

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • My_Sharona

    One of the best voices in the world [2] ♥

    29 Oct 2012 Reply
  • olatunjimi

    this is wonderful....

    15 Jul 2012 Reply
  • davidallensouth

    Steve Perry is A Great Producer as well as A Singer Songwriter, Please, Let's encourage Him To Produce More

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • journey84

    One of the best voices ever!

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • gsalesvz

    Best voice from the 80's

    11 Apr 2012 Reply
  • marciotex

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    4 Apr 2012 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    Oh Sherry is my favorite song by Steve

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • jusluvanmusiq

    Missing You & Oh Sherrie....

    10 Feb 2012 Reply
  • cousinbull

    Happy Birthday-all the best for 2012

    19 Jan 2012 Reply
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