The lead vocalist of Journey from 1978 to 1997, he released nine albums, including the 1996 platinum album Trial By Fire. He also released solo work, like the #3 song "Sherrie."
When he was twelve, he heard Sam Cooke's song "Cupid," which inspired him to become a singer. He played drums in his high school marching band.
He was one of the 21 vocalists who sang "We Are the World" in 1985. Jon Bon Jovi dubbed him "The Voice."
His father was vocalist and KNGS radio station owner Ray Perry.
He was joined by guitarist Neal Schon in Journey.