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Kevin Chalfant / Creative Soundz Inc

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Kevin Chalfant: The Music of Journey


Kevin Chalfant:
The Music of Journey

The name Kevin Chalfant has been synonymous with melodic rock royalty for the past two decades and counting. From his early beginnings with Billboard charting sensations 707 to the 80s powerhouse group The Vu, the versatile vocalist has weaved a remarkably artistic web that eventually paved the way for superstardom with The Storm (including members of Journey and Santana), which became the first act in history signed to Interscope Records, known for the smash singles “I’ve Got a Lot To Learn About Love” and “Show Me the Way.”

Yet even amidst all those celebrated projects, Chalfant’s fan base has continuously requested one particular project time and time again. “Everywhere I go, people will tell me how much they enjoy The Storm’s music, but through that band’s legacy, they always want me to tackle Journey tunes just like we used to do on the road,” he says, citing The Storm’s line-up of Journey’s co-founding singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie (also a Santana founder), co-founding bassist Ross Valory, veteran drummer Steve Smith, plus former Le Mans member Josh Ramos. “And during those initial tours behind the first two Storm CDs, we mixed up our hits with Journey and Santana tunes for literally hundreds of thousands of people. As the years have gone on, I’ve been incorporating them into my own tours, so between that and the fans’ never ending enthusiasm, the time to cut a record as a tribute to them finally made sense.”

And yes fans of The Storm and Journey, you did indeed read that correctly. Chalfant’s brand new Fly 2 Freedom (Clique) CD and The Music of Journey Tour revisits the classic rockers’ catalogue with a fresh coat of paint, addressing a mixture of the classics he sang right alongside the band’s rhythm section for so many years to the most moving radio selections and a handful of rarities just to keep faithful on their toes.

“Since the fans were the ones who wanted this, they’ve been the ones I’ve been asking in terms of what they wanted to hear,” explains Chalfant. “The track list comes from a cross section of ages and we hit on so many different angles. I go back to the 70s for the songs that Gregg wrote and sang on that we resurrected in The Storm. I also recall the 80s when Journey had even more radio success, which was also a time I was running around playing clubs with Ross in The Vu. And I dust off some deeper cuts that will really resonate with die-hards who’ve followed the band from the beginning.”
Kevin Chalfant joined 707 on Boardwalk Records as lead vocalist in 1981. The Megaforce album (and subsequent movie soundtrack single) screamed up the Billboard charts and landed the group a Top 20 single that threw the band into a North American tour. Chalfant and 707 toured with all of the top touring acts including REO Speedwagon, Rainbow, Scorpions, Ted Nugent, Loverboy and many others as a part of the famous “Super Jams of 1982.”
Chalfant would later enjoy top 10 success at the dawn of the 1990s with one of the last successful bands of the AOR era, The Storm. After a hiatus from music in the mid-90s, he has remained active in solo and group projects, and has stepped in as temporary lead vocalist for Journey (1994) and The Alan Parsons Live Project (2003).
Chalfant has been an added attraction to the Gregg Rolie live show in recent years, as well as a valued participant of Jim Peterik’s World Stage.