After a few failed attempts at music as a career, Perry was ready to give up until he was given the chance to audition for Journey. They hired Perry and the rest is, well, you know, history. Journey now had a great vocalist – radio success was on the way. Journey’s first album with Perry as lead vocalist was the 1978 release "Infinity," which Journey had its first two charting singles and an album that reached #21 on the Billboard charts. Perry’s place was now solidified.
Perry would go on to record six more studio albums as a vocalist for Journey. Album sales would skyrocket and singles would continue to make their way up the charts. With Steve Perry as a vocalist, Journey sold over 41 million albums worldwide.
In 1983, Kenny Loggins released a duet with Steve Perry called “Don’t Fight It.” The song reached #17 on the Billboard charts. This was probably the first sign of Perry wanting to do something outside of Journey. Later that year Journey would release the album Frontiers. Perry would tour with Journey in support of this excellent album. The tour ran through 1983.