The former Journey frontman returns to music to drop an album inspired by the death of his girlfriend.
Steve Perry left Journey in 1998 due to a hip replacement surgery. Since then, he has been quite distant from the industry. However, he now has a new album coming out next month and its first single just premiered. It was inspired by his love for his girlfriend Kellie – who passed away from breast cancer in 2012.
Traces is the name of his first album since the release of Journey’s tenth studio album Trial by Fire – the last he recorded with the band. It is also his third solo effort and is set for release on Oct. 5.
Along with the announcement of the new album, he shared the following message for his fans.
‘Years ago, I disappeared. There were many reasons, but mainly … my love for music had suddenly left me. I knew that simply stopping, was what I had to do. If music was ever to return to my heart, then and only then I would figure out what to do. If not … so be it.
My precious Kellie gave me a life I never knew I had. I lost her December of 2012. I now deeply understand the meaning of ‘it’s better to have loved and
May of 2015. I began recording. These songs are special to me. I respectfully ask that you please listen to them. And whatever they make you feel. I thank you for listening.
The first single ‘No Erasin” is out now. Listen below.
Last year Perry said about the album: ‘I met someone and I fell in love with this person. And I lost this person to breast cancer four years ago. In the midst of that, I had written some songs, and before I met her I had sketched some. And so about a year ago, I started recording.’