Steve lists Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and Marvin Gaye among his early musical influences. "My father was a singer in the Big Band Era and he won a contest that Frank Sinatra had done all the time to give away a free contract and a chance to make records. He was in the second finals, but didn´t follow through because he had family...he had this little runt running around. When I was 8 years old, I told my mother I wanted to be movie star. I´m a singer....I got close".
While growing up, Steve worked with his stepfather Marv as a carpenter, but his dreams of becoming a singer prompted him to leave the small town life of Hanford for Los Angeles. He attended the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA, and though his band was approached by several labels, it just didn´t happen, and the group broke up. "I then went back to L.A and floated in and out of groups, ending up back in the valley where I worked with my step-dad as a construction worker".
The rest is history.
The Alien Project demo features the songs My My My*, Harmony*, Makes No Difference*,
If You Need Me Call Me+, Hold On
* was later released on the 2006 re-issue of Street Talk
+ was later released on the 1998 compilation Greatest Hits plus Five and re-recorded for the 2006 re-issue of For The Love Of Strange Medicine
Guitarist Stevey DeLacey is credited on the 1978 solo albums from Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley and later went on to perform with Johnny Winter before he passed away in 2014.
Here is another pre-Journey demo with Steve Perry called "Get your face out of here".