The official music video for "No Erasin'", the first single from former JOURNEY singer Steve Perry's forthcoming solo album, "Traces", can be seen below. The disc will be released on October 5 via Fantasy Records (a division of Concord Records/UMG)
"Traces" marks Perry's first solo album since 1994's "For The Love Of Strange Medicine", which was certified gold in the U.S. for sales in excess of half a million copies.
Produced by Perry alongside co-producer Thom Flowers, "Traces" is the artist's most vulnerable and honest recording to date, balancing tremendous loss with enduring hope and beauty. The album is a collection of nine original tracks that encompass the spectrum of human emotion, and also features a beautifully reimagined cover of THE BEATLES' "I Need You". It is the work of an artist who has reconnected with his music in a new way.
In a message posted on his official web site and social media accounts, Perry said: "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. For I had already lived the dream of dreams.
"Many years passed. One day I began sketching some musical ideas with the creative freedom that I was the only one who would ever hear them. One song led to many. My love for music had returned. Then another beautiful thing happened. I found love.
"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 lost than to have never loved at all.'
"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."
"Traces" track listing:
01. No Erasin' (4:07)
Writers: Steve Perry, David Spreng
02. We're Still Here (4:06)
Writers: Steve Perry, Brian West
03. Most Of All (4:23)
Writers: Steve Perry, Randy Goodrem
04. No More Cryin' (4:29)
Writers: Dan Wilson, Steve Perry
05. In The Rain (4:06)
Writers: Steve Perry, David Spreng
06. Sun Shines Gray (3:57)
Writers: Steve Perry, John 5, Thom Flowers
07. You Belong To Me (4:07)
Writers: Steve Perry, Barry Eastmond
08. Easy To Love (4:03)
Writers: Steve Perry, Thom Flowers
09. I Need You (2:59)
Writers: Steve Perry, George Harrison
10. We Fly (3:56)
Writers: Steve Perry, Jeff Babko
Deluxe edition bonus tracks:
11. October In New York (deluxe edition only)
12. Angel Eyes (deluxe edition only)
13. Call On Me (deluxe edition only)
14. Could We Be Somethin' Again (deluxe edition only)
15. Blue Jays Fly (deluxe edition only)
Perry will promote his new solo disc and discuss his plans for the future during an appearance on the October 7 edition of "CBS Sunday Morning".
Last year, Perry told ABC Radio that his next solo album was inspired by a personal tragedy. He explained: "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 that, I had written some songs, and before I met her, I had sketched some. And so about a year ago, I started recording."
He continued: "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."
Perry's final full concert with JOURNEY took place in early 1987. He later rejoined his bandmates for a brief performance in 1991 to honor late concert promoter Bill Graham. He also appeared with JOURNEY when they received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2005.
The singer was inducted, alongside his old band, at the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony in Brooklyn, New York.
In addition to Perry, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Gregg Rolie and Aynsley Dunbar were inducted, as well as current drummer Steve Smith, who's on his third run with the group.