General Facts and Figures
- Name: Stephen Ray Perry
- Net Worth: $60 Million
- Occupation: Singer, Songwriter
- Date of Birth: January 22, 1949
- Place of Birth: Hanford, California
- Zodiac: Aquarius
- Spouse: Single
- Social: Facebook
Early Life & Education
Steve Perry is a renowned singer of the band Journey, a songwriter, and a musician.
He was brought up by Portuguese parents who both came from the Azores. They both lived in Hanford, California at the time he was born.
His father, Raymond Perry, who worked as a vocalist, inspired his interest in music from a tender age.
His parents, unfortunately, separated when he was eight years old. As a result, his mum relocated to his grandparent’s farm.
His interest in becoming a singer immediately sparked after listening to the song “Cupid” by Sam Cooke when he was 12 years old.
In high school, Perry actively participated in music and became a drummer. He would drum for the school’s marching band as well as extracurricular bands.
Perry later proceeded to the College of Sequoias where he joined the choir and sang as the first tenor.
Steve Perry began to pursue his music career in his early 20s after moving to Sacramento. He met Scott Matthews, who was then 16 years old and started a band named Ice.
The band however disbanded after unsuccessful attempts to secure a music deal with a production company.
He would later form and join other subsequent bands along his music career. In 1975, he formed Pieces, a progressive band that later disbanded.
He moved to Banta, California, where he joined the band Allen Project as a singer. The bassist of the band, unfortunately, passed away in a road accident. Perry left the band, ready to give up on music, and moved back to his home in Lemoore.
He would later resurface after meeting Walter Herbert, the manager of the band Journey, who finally convinced him to join the band. This band became the epitome of his music career.
As of now, Steve Perry’s net worth is $60 million. His fortune is attributed to his successful career as a band member of Journey.
As the lead vocalist of the band, he sang in nine albums of the band and went on several tours with them.
During Journey’s successful years in the ‘80s, Perry made over $15.8 million from the most popular album of the time Escape. The live album Captured in 1980, earned him $2.6 million from massive sales of the records.
In 2011, he cashed in $21 million from the band’s The Eclipse Tour.
Even with all the wealth to boast about, Perry prefers a simple life. Living off music as a passion rather than for money, and buying one car at a time.
In the 1980s, Steve Perry was first in a relationship with Sherrie, whom he produced the song, “Oh Sherrie” for.
He later fell in love with Kellie Nash who was a breast cancer survivor and worked as a psychologist. She died in December 2012 after a recurrence of cancer.
Perry has never married ever since.