Steve Perry's first new album in 24 years out today

Today (Friday) is the day Steve Perry fans have waited 24 years for -- the release of his new album.

Titled Traces, it's his first since 1994's For the Love of Strange Medicine.

He started recording it in May 2015 following the death of his girlfriend, Dr. Kellie Nash.

"My precious Kellie gave me a life I never knew I had. I lost her December of 2012," says Perry. "I now deeply understand the meaning of: 'It's better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.'"

Perry adds that his fans "respectfully listen to [the songs], and whatever they make you feel, I thank you for listening."

Steve Perry talked about what he wants his fans to cone away with after listening to his new album:

"I just hope that the sincerity and honesty of the record translates to other people because when you listen to something you're listening to it just yourself. You're the one who's listening to it -- you can be i a room full of people -- but they're not hearing the same thing you're hearing because you're different than they are. Your life experience is not the same as theirs. You're listening to the same track, but it touches people differently. That's the magic of music. To where talking about it pales in comparison. So I just hope that they receive some of the sincerity that I believe is in these tracks."

Perry will discuss the album and his comeback this weekend on CBS Sunday Morning.

 
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