‘It could be soon’: More details emerging about new music from Journey’s Steve Perry

Steve Perry is talking more about new music, his first since the 1996 Journey reunion project Trail by Fire. The recently unretired frontman is working with a well-known film composer on a track he says is “very inspirational.”

Perry is, of course, best known for songs composed with Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie and Jonathan Cain as a member of Journey between 1978 and 1998. His solo releases have been rare — only two so far, 1984’s Street Talk and 1994’s For the Love of Strange Medicine, along with a greatest-hits package that included previously unreleased tracks like “Once in a Lifetime, Girl.” None have featured a signature outside collaborator.

Now, in steps Nathan Furst, who recently scored the film Need for Speed: “We’ve written something together,” Perry says in a separate talk with Mingle Media. “It’s beautiful. It’s very inspirational, to come up with melodies and then he writes the most beautiful orchestrations. Beautiful stuff.”

Perry is raving about Furst’s contributions to the Scott Waugh-directed Need for Speed too, calling them “amazingly beautiful.” The two of been have been “sketching a little bit together” along the way. “We working together on something,” Perry tells Front Row. “But you’ve gotta hear the music in this film. It’s amazing. I was there the whole time when they were doing it, and it was such thrill for me to watch them put it together. He scored and played everything beautifully, and orchestrated everything.”

Furst, who has also done music for 2005’s Dust To Glory and 2012’s Act of Valor, confirms: “We’re working on something now, and he sounds amazing. He sounds fantastic, better than ever” — prompting Perry to quip: “I’ve got 10 bucks for you.” Asked when fans could expect new music, Perry says: “Who knows? It could be soon. As soon as we finish it. I don’t know.” This year perhaps? “I hope so, yes,” Perry adds. “I would love that.”

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