Steve Perry has been lending his vocal stylings to songs by other artists recently, including a duet of his 1981 Journey song "Open Arms" with Dolly Parton.
The song will be featured on Dolly’s upcoming album Rock Star. Perry told Classic Rock magazine, "It sounds great. Dolly told me she had always loved the song and wanted to sing it on an album. 'Open Arms' has been recorded many, many times over the years, but, honestly, she killed it. Dolly is singing her tush off."
Dolly also does her cover of Prince's "Purple Rain," The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird." And joining Perry on the album are John Fogerty, Rob Halford, Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler, Stevie Nicks, Pink and Brandie Carlile. No word on when the album will be released.
Perry also covered "The Streets of Kinsale" by the Irish folk group The High Kings. He said, "I thought the song was beautiful. The more I listened to it the more fascinated I became, so I went to my home studio and started stacking some vocal harmonies against what was already there. The band really loved the results, so I ended up singing on the master track."
Talking about his own music, Steve said, "I've still got so much backed up in my studio, but the truth is that I'm a bit lazy. Right now, I'm only doing things that I can really emotionally connect with. Anything else, I kind of pull away from."
[Source: Classic Hits Today]