Steve Perry: Steve Journey, Net Worth, Achievements and Career

Published Date   08th Dec. 2017, 15:24 pm  Update Date: April 3rd, 2020  10:28 am
Steve Perry: Steve Journey, Net Worth, Achievements and Career
Quick Info
Birth Name: Stephen Ray Perry
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $45 million
Qualification: Attended College of the Sequoias

Stephen Ray Perry is an American lead singer of pop rock band from 1977 to 1987 and also the songwriter and recorder. Steve Journey is well known for having a wide vocal range. His wide voice can be heard on popular hits such as “Don’t Stop Believin” and “Oh Sherrie.”


Steve Perry was born on January 22, 1949 in Hanford, California, U.S. In mid-1980, s and Mid-1990’s Perry had a successful solo career.

Perry’s singing voice has garnered acclaim from prominent musical peers and publication. Steve was ranked no. 76 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Singers of all Time”. On April 7, 2017, Steve was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Steve Journey.Currently, he resides in Delmar, California.

Early Life  

Steve was born in Hanford, California to Portuguese parents. Raymond Perry is his father who was a vocalist and co-owner of radio station KN GS and Mary Quarema is his mother who presented her son with a gold eighth note pendant on his 12th birthday.After few years, he lived with his mother and grandparents after his parents got divorced.

Steve was interested in music from his childhood. He got inspiration to be singer when he heard Sam Cooke’s song “Cupid” on his mother’s car radio.  At Age of 10, his family moved to Lemoore, California. Steve attended College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California. There he was the first tenor in their choir but he did not complete his formal education.

Steve Journey started band with 16 years Scott Mathews. Scott Mathews is a future music-producer who is a co-writer, play drums, guitar and songs. They recorded their first album in Record Planet studious in Los Angeles, while Stevie Wonder recorded his Talking Book album by night.

Steve moved to Thousand Oaks in 1975. He formed a progressive rock band called Pieces with Tim Bogert, Denver Cross, and Eddie Tuduri in Thousands Oak.

Early Career With Music

Steve got his big break in 1977 landing a gig as the vocalist for Journey.

During ‘60/70’, besides singing, Steve was also a drummer and involved in several different bands.

Steve gave up on music completely and returned back to Turkey to work once more with his stepfather in Turkey, when his group bassist died in a car accident and promptly it lead to the group’s breakup. His mother insisted him to give one more chance for music.

As he was taking  his mother’s words seriously, he got a call from the manager of the program rock/fusion act Journey, Herbie Herbert. He offered if he would like to try for the lead singer in the group for the fusion.

Perry also sang many backing vocals on several songs of Sammy Hagar, including the 1980 tracks “The Iceman” and “Run For Your Life”, and also sang duet with Kenny Loggins on the 1982 No. 17 hit single “Don’t Fight It”. Perry also had chance to work with other musicians like Clannad, sheena Easton and  Jon Bon Jovi.

Steve journey of success was reaching heights. Even a 1983 Gallup poll of people between the ages of 13 and 25 voted band Journey as their favorite rock band.

In 1984,Steve issued his very first solo album, “Street Talk” while Journey was on a brief break from touring and recording, which unsurprisingly sounded almost identical to Journey and hit single with “Oh Sherrie”, which Steve has written for his then girlfriend, Sherrie Swafford.  Journey quietly broke up sensing themselves shortly.

Known as one of 21 singers in USA for Africa all-star for the song “We are the world”, Steve also recorded “If Only For the Moment, Girl”song for the album. Perry also worked with Clannad,the Irish folk-rock group on their 1987 album Sirius.

After his solo debut of ten years, Steve finally got around to issue a second solo album, For the Love of Stranger Medicine. Greg Prato told that Journey’s Steve was only one singer that could be selected as the most identifiable with 80’s arena rock.

Steve Journey (1994-1998)

In 1994, Steve released his second solo effort: For the Love of Stranger Medicine. Due to the Strange Medicine World Tour, the album was successful.  Steve Journey’s Classic from 1981 to 1985 lineup reunited and recorded Trial by Fire in 1996. The album was a huge success.

Steve got a hip injury while hiking in Hawii and was not able to perform in Fire Tour. At the moment, long-time journey drummer Steve Smith also resigned.

His injury resulted in transferring his his vocal duties to Steve Augeri of Tall Stories. Steve Journey began its long-postponed tour nearly after two years of the album’s initial release.

In 1998, Steve underwent his successful hip replacement surgery to correct the problem diagnosed with two years earlier. Later in the same year, Steve released his album, his greatest hits + five unreleased compilation album. The unreleased tracks also included an original Alien Project demo. Along with that, it included selections from the abandoned Against the Wall CD.He recorded several songs for the soundtrack of ‘Quest for Camelot’, which is a Warner Bros. film. The songs in the film can be found on the motion pictures soundtrack now.

Awards and Achievements

Steve and his band ‘Journey’ was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording at 6750 Hollywood Boulevard at California.

Rolling Stones Magazines included Steve as one of the music’s top 100 singers list.

Net Worth

American legendary singer, Steve estimated net worth is $45 million. Steve almost decade long singing career, he released various albums: Dream, After Dream, Trail by Fire, Escape and more from where he must have collected well.

Steve journey net worth is really huge that he come on the top richest singer in America.

Personal Life

The relationship between Steve and his girlfriend Sherri Swafford didn’t work out.  It caused him much heartache. His break-up pain is apparent and evident in many of his musical composition and albums.

On December 4, 1985 Steve’s mother Mary was diagnosed with a serious neurological illness which resulted into her death. Another huge loss to the star.

32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Klipsch Audio presented 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, April 7, 2017. The event took place for the third time at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The most emotional and happiest moment was the time when Steve Perry joined his ex-band mates of Journey on stage. The sad part was that he didn’t perform with them.

After the event, Steve spoke to ABC Radio in an interview.

He said that he had been gone for years but the fans have always been with him in his heart. He is also in plan of releasing his solo album in a year and the reason in his words are, “I met someone and I feel in love with this person. And I lost this person to breast cancer four years ago.”

In the midst of the difficult period, Perry said”I had written some songs, and before I met her I had sketched some. And so about a year ago, I began recording… Basically the record is an emotional expression, and a reason to make one. It’s been a real cathartic experience going back to that emotional place that I thought I would never go back to. And we really have been doing our very best to capture what I think are some timeless songs.”

The release date, or title, for the album is yet to be announced.

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