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.
“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.