Steve Perry, the legendary singer/songwriter, has signed an exclusive publishing administration agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), for the world outside of the U.S. and Canada, it was announced by Zach Horowitz, Chairman CEO of UMPG. The deal includes all songs written or co-written by Steve Perry throughout his career, including as lead singer of JOURNEY and his solo work.
“One of the greatest voices in the history of rock also wrote or co-wrote some of rocks greatest songs. We couldn’t be prouder that he has chosen to bring those songs to UMPG. We look forward to working with him on both his iconic catalog and his new songs”, said Zach Horowitz, Chairman CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group.
Steve Perry said, “I so look forward to being a part of the Universal Music Publishing Group. I know they really get what songs are about and they still believe in the magic of music”.
As the lead singer of JOURNEY and in his solo career, Steve Perry is responsible for writing or co-writing such enduring standards as “Don’t Stop Believin'”, “Oh Sherrie”, “Any Way You Want It”, “Foolish Heart”, “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”, “Open Arms”, “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'”, “Who’s Crying Now”, “Lights”, “Stone In Love” and more. His songs are a staple on radio playlists and have been featured on television shows such as “Glee” and “American Idol”, and in Broadway plays like “Rock Of Ages” and films like “Monster”, “Money Ball” and many animated features. The wide appeal of his music is reflected in the diverse array of artists who have recorded cover versions of his songs, including Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride and RISE AGAINST.
A testament to the timelessness of Perry‘s music is the phenomenal recent success of “Don’t Stop Believin'” in the United Kingdom. Almost three decades after the song was initially a hit, the “Glee” cast version of the tune went to #2 on the U.K. singles chart, spending 29 weeks there, spurring a re-entry on the charts of JOURNEY‘s original version, which peaked at #6 and spent 59 weeks there.
Steve Perry became the front man for JOURNEY in 1977, providing lead vocals and songwriting on nine albums, including “Infinity”, “Evolution”, “Departure”, “Dream After Dream”, “Captured”, “Escape”, “Frontiers”, “Raised On Radio”, and “Trial By Fire”. “Infinity”, Perry‘s first album with JOURNEY, has sold more than 3 million copies while 1981’s “Escape” has sold more than 12.4 million worldwide. The band’s “Greatest Hits” album, with most songs written or co-written by Steve Perry, has sold over 25 million albums worldwide, and continues to chart year after year. JOURNEY‘s catalog has now sold over 60 million albums, placing them as one of the best selling rock bands of all time.
Steve Perry has also enjoyed huge success as a solo artist. His album “Street Talk”, also featuring songs he wrote or co-wrote, has sold over 4 million albums and spawned the chart topping hits “Oh Sherrie”, “Foolish Heart”, “She’s Mine” and “Strung Out”.
Rolling Stone ranked Steve Perry as one of the “Greatest Singers Of All Time.”