The man known as THE VOICE. Many singers have had this nickname but I wouldn't be wrong to say that it's most commonly associated with this guy. He was the lead singer of AOR band Journey from 1978-1987 and again in 1996. He is known for his high crooning voice, melismatic and melodic style, great high notes, very emotional performances and most of all, incredible live performances which almost always surpass studio performances. He has released 2 solo albums (in 1984 and 1994).
A quick guide through his voice over the years:
1. Early period -1978-1982
During this time his voice was at it's highest and cleanest and the style of singing at most melismatic and vocal run oriented. During the later half of this period he entered his absolute peak where the clarity and excellent high range were combined with a fuller tone and more power in his voice. His live singing was incredibly consistent. Some of the best performances:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXEc6lXlHM0
- Winds Of March, a ballad showing his excellent delicate and melodic style.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egBGfIW6 ... re=related
- Something To Hide, great phrasing and amazing falsetto runs in the end with one sustained A5.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kkyZ2fgXlM
- Sweet And Simple, very nice melismatic singing and the great A5 which is IMO the most impressive vocal moment I've ever heard.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcAcDySpskk
- Mother Father live from Houston, probably his finest hour.
2. Mid period - 1983-1987
In this period Perry changed his vocal approach, started using voice which is more raspy and reminiscent of old soul and R&B singers. It include less high notes, but usually his tone was richer and fuller than before. The use of falsetto and clean head voice was also smaller, he began pulling more chest and sang more raw. During Frontiers (1983) album and tour, he still hadn't defined that style totally so it was a mix of what I described and his early period. There were many high notes and he didn't have that much rasp (esp live). After that he recorded his first debut album which had him at his rawest and roughest, it sounded like a different guy. He also sang in lower keys and explored his low register more than ever. During Journey's next album and tour (1986), he still had much rasp in his voice, but sang in higher ranges again.
- His most emotional performance, Faithfullyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pieRFJXGBOA
- This song seems to be a favourite in this forum! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te1CVVlaJzA
- From his solo record, notice the different tone he is using.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kond1EfwLTk
- The ending is one of his best moments.
3. Later period - 1994-1996
Seven years we heard nothing from this man. Now when he came back everyone heard that his voice isn't gone at all. It did lower significantly and had that rasp, but he was still an able and powerful singer. In fact, this period has him at his most powerful high chest voice. Esp during his second album For The Love Of Strange Medicine and subsequent tour (1994) he did some serious belting. In his last album with Journey, Trial By Fire (1996), he opted for a more restraint approach, but his tone was maybe at his best. Performances:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO8nBYddc1chttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7dPkpvp ... re=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-1I5OED37g