Listen To Steve Perry Sing Soulful Version Of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’

Perry describes the cover as “a little Christmas card song…to thank you for all of your kindness in welcoming me back.”

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Steve Perry Merry Little Christmas
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Steve Perry has shared his inimitable his take on ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.’ Accompanied only by a piano, Perry wistfully sings the Christmas standard, which Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra made famous, pouring all the heart and soul you’d expect from the former Journey singer into it. You can listen to it below.

Steve Perry - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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“This has been a big year of firsts for me,” Perry said in a statement. “In keeping with that spirit, I thought I’d record a little Christmas card song and send it out to you to thank you for all of your kindness in welcoming me back. Have yourself a merry little Christmas. I hope you enjoy it.”

Perry broke a two-decade period away from the industry earlier this year when he put out Traces, his first new songs since 1998’s Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased. Prior to the album’s release, Perry explained that he had grown disenchanted with the music business in the 1990s, but that a woman he’d fallen in love with made him promise before her death that he would return to singing.

“This was not about seeking closure or moving on, but about taking it all with me, about feeling it all, and expressing it all in hopes that it might move and help other people too,” he said at the time. “She told me one night, ‘If something happens to me, promise me that you won’t go back into isolation because I feel that it would make this all for naught.’ In the years after her passing, that conversation never left me, and my love for music slowly returned.”

Earlier this year, Perry recorded the highest solo debut of his career with Traces, which entered the Billboard 200 at No. 6. The new album also marked Perry’s best-ever debut in the U.K., Germany, Canada (No. 7 on the Current Album chart) and Japan (No. 1 on the International chart). Traces is the singer’s third solo release, following 1984’s Street Talk, which peaked at No. 12, and 1994’s For The Love Of Strange Medicine, which debuted and peaked at No. 15.

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  1. Letitia Hampton

    December 19, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    So happy he’s back! Big fan since the 70’s. Thank “you”, Steve Perry for lighting up my teenage years and now you’re back and I’m ready for more! A voice for the ages that makes me soar like a bird. Keep it coming. Never stop!

  2. Jon

    December 19, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Steve Perry’ return is healing 4 me & everyone else who loves him! Godspeed,

  3. Sandra brooks

    December 19, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    So happy that you did not let singing go. You have an amazing voice, and i love it dont stop!!!! I wish i could meet you someday.

  4. Sarah Benson

    December 19, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Love & Miss Steve Perry! God b w u!!!

  5. Carol Rosario

    December 20, 2018 at 2:59 am

    So glad hes back!


    December 20, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Thank you for the Christmas song this holiday season. My mom was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, her brother died after visiting his daughter in Louisiana ( he stopped dialysis because it was too painful according to him),my mother’s husband has stage 4 prostrate cancer and my dad has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. In honor of my uncles passing I went out and sang Christmas carols. I am not a talented singer. It was funny for those listening and I included songs certainly not allowed in some places because that was the stuff my uncle enjoyed too. I appreciate that you are continuing to share your gift for creating music with others after all that you have gone through. Life is challenging sometimes but also full of surprises. There’s always a risk putting yourself out there. I’m extremely shy. Singing or doing anything publicly feels like my heart is going to pop right out of my chest. I’m usually the one in the corner of the room during a party hiding away from everyone. I appreciate my favorite artists from a distance.. like the back of the theater or by putting the DVD of the concert in the DVD player at home. Oh if I could only have the address to thank the camera man and crew for creating the DVD of live performances I get to enjoy in the comfort of my home, I would certainly thank them. Any way, on my bucket list I always wondered what you would sound like singing a Christmas Carol. I guess I got my wish and I didn’t even have to write a corny fan letter to find out. Best of luck with your new album and on all of your future endeavors, E. Cayabyab

  7. Samuel P Medina

    December 20, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    He sucks now

    • Sandy

      December 21, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      And you are dumb to even say that geeze

  8. Beverly Turrey

    December 20, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    I miss Steve voice..I have a picture of him on my wall..wish I could see him live..hes my favorite singer, with Journey or by himslf

  9. Sherri Marie Dellamore

    December 21, 2018 at 1:36 am

    Thank you very much for sharing your talent with love and dedication to all your fans. I’m a new fan and happy to be one of Steve Perry. May the Lord always love you.

  10. Sherri Dellamore

    December 21, 2018 at 1:42 am

    Thank you for your talent, love, dedication and devotion. I’m a new fan. May the Lord always love you.

  11. Cindy Biffle

    December 21, 2018 at 2:21 am

    That was so AWESOME!! STEVE BABY, YOU STILL GOT IT!! Gave me goose bumps!! Love you long time. Merry Christmas!!

  12. Debbie Nicholas

    December 21, 2018 at 4:15 am

    Still got it keep on don’t give up this is what you do best when you put your heart into it lots of soul and raspy voice

  13. Debbie Nicholas

    December 21, 2018 at 4:16 am

    You still got its raspy voice and lots of Soul keep up the good work this is the way you’re supposed to sing a song Don’t Change

  14. Hadleigh Lynne

    December 22, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Love you…love your voice!

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