JEFF SCOTT SOTO Talks About Change In His Singing Approach Since He Joined JOURNEY

According to, vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (JOURNEY, ex-SOUL SIRKUS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN) frequently stops by the JOURNEY and JSS message boards to post and on the eve of JOURNEY's U.K tour, he made the following comment on how he has adapted to singing the JOURNEY catalog since he first came on board in mid-2006:

"When I first went out to join the tour, I was using too much of my normal technique which was 'belt it for all it's worth,' forgetting the range and even emotion of [Steve] Perry's style didn't match that. He was a powerful singer himself but in a different way, his voice was smooth and silky but it projected. I was pushing it the way I would normally hit the notes on my stuff but it sounded too hard or aggressive, at times making it difficult to hit the range on some things. I simply pulled it back a bit to get the natural highs as well as texture my voice helping keep true to the original sound as much as possible without cloning it. I was so hugely influenced by Perry growing up but knew that would be a dead end in having my own identity, as well, it didn't fit the format of albums I'd done through my formative years, so I strayed from that silky, smoothness and opted for a more power tenor as I started my professional career. Now it's all about revisiting it all so my voice works for me AND the audience."

Jeff Scott Soto was officially named the new lead singer of JOURNEY in December. He had been filling in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the U.S. tour with DEF LEPPARD shortly after it began on June 23, 2006 due to illness.


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