It’s official, Jeff Scott Soto is the new Journey singer

UPDATE 6/13/07 –  Jeff Scott Soto out of Journey!
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From Melodicrock.com:

JOURNEY NAMES JEFF SCOTT SOTO OFFICIAL NEW LEAD SINGER

December 19, 2006 — Jeff Scott Soto has been officially named the new lead singer of Journey. He had been filling in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the U.S. tour with Def Leppard shortly after it began on June 23 due to illness.

“We are so grateful to Steve for all the years he dedicated to Journey,” says Journey in a joint statement. “We thank Steve for all his hard work and we wish him only the best in his future endeavors. Over the past few months, we’ve come to realize that Jeff has proven himself above and beyond that he can sing the hell out of our songs and we’re happy to officially welcome him as part of the family. We’re excited to start a new chapter with Jeff and we’re excited about what the future may bring.”

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After witnessing the Soto-led Journey in concert this past Summer, I can personally say that this was a move in the right direction. Jeff Scott Soto has been one of the most acclaimed singers in the industry but a virtual unknown to the public. Fronting Journey will no doubt boost interest into his previous work (solo, Talisman, Humanimal, etc.) while raising the bar for the band. Former Journey frontman, Steve Augeri, had to battle the constant comparisons to Steve Perry as they sound similar. JSS brings his own style and energy to the Journey camp. Great move by Journey to retain JSS, an obvious move but still great.

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6 comments on “It’s official, Jeff Scott Soto is the new Journey singer

  1. Absolutely! JSS has been under the radar with the general public for too long. His albums with Yngwie Malmsteen were ages ago so his time in the direct spotlight has been limited. JSS has put out some amazing material over the years, I hope he now reaps the benefits of all his hard work.

  2. I realy love JEFF SCOTT SOTO but i still have to listen to him singing all those cult JOURNEY. Till then i can not give my opinion or be happy.

  3. I, too, thought Jeff sounded great with Journey–I caught them at their first show with him this summer.

    Sucks for Steve, though; it’s kind of like a football team breaking the general rule that a quarterback will not lose his starting position down the road because of an injury.

    – david

  4. Steve Augeri was a clone, coming from a Journey cover band, and his voice, whereas similar to Steve Perry was way less powerful. Jeff Scott Soto is well known for his thrilling performances and flawless vocals, this is the kind of energy Journey needed, I think that now Journey will finally take off after long years of underground recognition…

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