Steve Perry has rolled out “Most Of All” — the stripped back single from his upcoming album, Traces: Alternate Versions And Sketches, set for release on December 4th. As the former-Journey frontman had previously stated, the new set “(Is) eight songs from the Traces record done acoustically and I’m really pleased with the sonics and I’m really pleased with the simplicity of the song and the lyric and the chords, which is basically what it’s stripped down to.” Perry told Rolling Stone he was inspired to commit to being an artist again by writing and recording his first music in 24 years after the 2102 death of his Kelly Nash to breast cancer. He explained, “I made a promise to her that I would not go back into hibernation. If something was going to happen to her, she asked that I wouldn’t do that because she felt it would make everything for naught. Those were her words. I kept that promise.”

Perry, who turns 72 in January hinted at more new music to come: “The acoustic Traces is going to close the Traces chapter. Then I’m opening up another chapter next year at some point.”

FAST FACTS

  • Steve Perry’s Traces is his third solo set, following 1984’s Street Talk, which peaked at Number 12, and 1994’s For The Love Of Strange Medicine, which stalled at Number 15.
  • Journey’s last album with Steve Perry was 1996’s Trial By Fire, which topped out at Number Three on the Billboard 200 charts — with its single, “When You Love A Woman” hitting Number One on the magazine’s Adult Contemporary Chart.

SIDE NOTES

  • Steve Perry is best remembered for his tenure in Journey in which he wrote or co-wrote such standards as “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Who’s Crying Now?” “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” “When You Love A Woman,” “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin,'” “Open Arms,” “Be Good To Yourself,” “Stone In Love,” “Still They Ride,” “Feeling That Way,” and “Lights.”
  • Perry scored a solo Top 10 hit with 1984’s “Oh, Sherrie,” which peaked at Number Two.

CHECK IT OUT: Steve Perry’s 2020 video for “Most Of All”:

CHECK IT OUT: Steve Perry’s 2020 “stripped” version of “Most Of All”: