Steve Perry has taken to social media to talk about his new album, Traces, his first since 1994's For the Love of Strange Medicine.
He writes, "Years ago, I disappeared. There were many reasons, but mainly ... my love for music had suddenly left me. I knew that simply stopping, was what I had to do: if music was ever to return to my heart. Then and only then I would figure out what to do. If not ... so be it. For I had already lived the dream of dreams.
"Many years passed. One day, I began sketching some musical ideas with the creative freedom that I was the only one who would ever hear them. One song led to many. My love for music had returned. Then another beautiful thing happened. I found love.
"My precious Kellie gave me a life I never knew I had. I lost her December of 2012. I now deeply understand the meaning of: 'It's better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.'
"May of 2015, I began recording.
"These songs are special to me. I respectfully ask that you please listen to them, and whatever they make you feel, I thank you for listening."
Perry has also released a video for the first single, "No Erasin'," whose opening line is, "I know it's been a long time comin' since I saw your face..."