Steve Perry New Album Out Now: Listen

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Steve Perry (Photo by Myriam Santos, used with permission)

The long-awaited new album by Steve Perry, Traces, was released globally today on Fantasy Records, and is available now for order on CD and 180-gram vinyl. It’s Perry’s first solo album in 24 years.

Following the release of the song “No Erasin’” on August 14, his first new music in nearly a quarter of a century, and a second single, “No More Cryin’” on Sept. 5, Perry issued a third video, for the ballad “We’re Still Here,” from his upcoming album, Traces. Many of the other tracks from the album can now be heard here and on YouTUbe.

Perry has also written, or co-written, such classic rock songs as “Oh, Sherrie,” “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’” and “Any Way You Want It.”

Within 24 hours of announcing Traces, the album reached #1 on Amazon’s overall best seller list.

Watch “We’re Still Here”

Traces was produced by Perry alongside co-producer Thom Flowers, and features 10 songs (see full track listing below).

Related: Steve Perry and Journey at their Rock Hall  induction

On August 17, Perry was a live guest of  Scott Shannon on New York’s WCBS-FM. The veteran disc jockey’s first question: “Where’ve you been?”

“Wow! That’s the question of the day,” said Perry, the former lead vocalist of Journey. “You know, the band was really really fortunate to be successful and at some point I got a little bit toasty, a little burned out, coupled with a serious touring schedule. And like I said, being crispy. Back in the day we all had a little bit of what we might call ‘extra party behaviors,’ maybe — and when you put the ‘party behaviors’ together with a little bit burned out — I was toast.

Steve Perry (Photo by Myriam Santos, used with permission)

“It was an unpopular decision I came up with at the time which was just to stop. I told the band and they were not happy about it. But the biggest thing I was really concerned with was the fans. Because I knew it was going to be a painful decision for me to walk away, but sometimes you just have to take care of yourself, even if it hurts to do so.”

Watch the interview here.

In the August 15 album announcement, Perry said, “Putting 30 years into 10 songs has certainly been an emotional experience for me. I started writing and recording these songs with the creative freedom that I was the only one who would ever hear them. Along the way, I rediscovered my love for music. Each track represents traces of my past, but is also a hopeful look into the future. I invite you to listen with an open heart.”

The studio performance video for the leadoff track, “No Erasin'” had amassed over 2.8 million views as of September 20.

Traces Track List
1. No Erasin’
2. We’re Still Here
3. Most Of All
4. No More Cryin’
5. In The Rain
6. Sun Shines Gray
7. You Belong To Me
8. Easy To Love
9. I Need You
10. We Fly

Of the second release, Perry states, “’No More Cryin’’ is a love song, but not in the way you would think. It starts in one place, and builds and lands somewhere entirely different. It’s got many overtones, and can be applied to so many different kinds of relationships, including my own relationship with past isolation.”

Watch the performance video of “No More Cryin’.”

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