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Jeff Scott Soto

Soto in 2007
Background information
Born November 4, 1965 (1965-11-04) (age 44)
Brooklyn, NY, U.S.
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, power metal, neo-classical metal
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, drums, trumpet
Years active 1983 - present
Labels Frontiers Records
Associated acts Yngwie Malmsteen, Soul Sirkus, Talisman, Journey, Axel Rudi Pell
Website jeffscottsoto.com

Jeff Scott Soto (born November 4, 1965, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rock singer of Puerto Rican[1] descent. He is best known for being the vocalist on Yngwie Malmsteen's first two albums, and for stepping up to the job of lead vocalist for Journey on their 2006-2007 tours after Steve Augeri had to leave the band because of an acute throat infection. His style is typical of heavy metal vocalists of the 1980s, but he is also influenced by classic soul music singers such as Sam Cooke as well as Journey's previous vocalist (prior to Augeri) Steve Perry, and Freddie Mercury from Queen.

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Career

The bands Soto has been involved in included Panther, Axel Rudi Pell, Eyes, Talisman, Takara, Humanimal, Human Clay, Kryst The Conqueror, Redlist, The Boogie Knights and Soul Sirkus.

Soto has sung background vocals on several albums by artists such as Lita Ford, Steelheart, Fergie Frederiksen, Glass Tiger, House Of Lords, Stryper, Saigon Kick, and many others.

He has released several solo albums as well. Soto also sang for the fictional band Steel Dragon, which featured Zakk Wylde, Jeff Pilson and Jason Bonham for the soundtrack of the movie Rock Star along with Michael Matijevic of the band Steelheart, whose second album featured Soto on background vocals.

He has also sung lead vocals on an album inspired by the TV series Biker Mice From Mars.

Soto performed at the 2000 annual [OIQFC 'Freddie Mercury Birthday Party' at Reading in the UK, where he performed “Dragon Attack” with Brian May. Since that first meeting, Soto and May have become friends, and Soto has appeared with the SAS Band (Spike’s All Stars), Queen sideman Spike Edney’s band. Jeff also appeared with Brian May and Roger Taylor at the 'Hollywood Walk of Fame' bash for the Official International Queen Fan Club. [2]

In 2006, Soto replaced Steve Augeri in Journey after Augeri left the tour due to an acute throat infection. On December 19, Soto was confirmed as the official lead singer for Journey and a press release was posted on the band's official site. On June 12, 2007 it was announced on the same website that Journey had dismissed Soto as their lead singer. Soto addressed the issue by saying "I was looking forward to a long, prosperous future with these guys but it seems they wanted something different than I brought to the table. No love lost though, they know what's best for the preservation of their legacy. I wish them all the best but now it's time to continue working on my own path again". [3]

Since his departure from 'Journey' Jeff has continued to tour on his own account and has undertaken tours with 'Talisman', 'Tempestt' and, most recently, with a new band to promote the 'Beautiful Mess' album released on download in 2008 and on Frontiers in February 2009.

He toured with Trans Siberian Orchestra on their Winter Tour 2008, and again on their Winter Tour 2009.

Soto has also come together with musicians of Work Of Art and Eclipse to co-create the new band W.E.T., Jeff being of Talisman, hence the first initials of each band spells: W.E.T. The new band has released a self-titled debut album, out November 2009. Videos have been made for the tracks "One Love", "Comes Down Like Rain" and "Brothers In Arms".

Discography

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Solo albums

Panther

  • Panther - 1986

Talisman

W.E.T.

CD Singles edited with W.E.T.

  • 2009 - One Love
  • 2009 - Comes Down Like Rain
  • 2009 - Brothers In Arms

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

CD Singles edited with Talisman

  • Just Between Us(CD Single) (1990)
  • I'll be Waiting (CD Single) Sweden Market (1990)
  • I'll be Waiting (Single LP) Sweden Market (1990)
  • Mysterious (This Time is Serious) (CD Single) (1993)
  • Time after Time(CD Single) (1993)
  • Doing Time With My Baby (CD Single) (1994)
  • Colour My XTC (CD Single) (1994)
  • Todo y Todo (CD Single) (All + All Latin American market release under nickname Genaro) (1994)
  • All + All (CD Single) (1994)
  • Frozen (CD Single) (1995)
  • Crazy (CD Single) (1998)

Takara

Human Clay

  • 1996 - Human Clay
  • 1997 - u4ia
  • 2003 - Closing the Book on Human Clay

Axel Rudi Pell

  • 1992 - Eternal Prisoner
  • 1993 - The Ballads
  • 1994 - Between The Walls
  • 1995 - Made In Germany (Live)
  • 1996 - Black Moon Pyramid
  • 1997 - Magic

CD Singles edited with Axel Rudi Pell

  • 1993 - Forever Young
  • 1994 - Cry Of The Gypsy

Humanimal

  • 2002 - Humanimal
  • 2002 - Find My Way Home E.P.

Yngwie Malmsteen

CD Singles edited with Yngwie Malmsteen

  • 1985 - Studio/Live '85
  • 1985 - I am a Viking (Japan)
  • 1996 - Carry On Wayward Son (Only Japan market)

Eyes

  • 1990 - Eyes - Eyes
  • 1993 - Eyes - Windows Of The Soul

CD Singles edited with Eyes

  • 1990 - Calling All Girls (Promo)
  • 1990 - Nobody Said It Was Easy

Others lead vocals

  • 1983 - Threashold
  • 1988 - Dragonne - On Dragons Wings
  • 1988 - Kuni - Lookin' For Action
  • 1989 - Kryst the Conqueror - Deliver Us From Evil (Credited as Kryst the Conqueror)
  • 1989 - Alex Masi - Attack Of The Neon Shark
  • 1991 - Skrapp Mettle - Sensitive
  • 1993 - Biker Mice From Mars - Original Soundtrack
  • 1994 - Da Black Side Brown - S/T
  • 1994 - Gary Schutt - Sentimetal
  • 1996 - Hollywood Underground - Hollywood Underground
  • 1997 - The Boogie Knights - Welcome To The Jungle Boogie
  • 2001 - Steel Dragon - Rock Star including stand up and shout Original Movie Soundtrack (Various Artists)}
  • 2003 - Ken Tamplin And Friends - Wake The Nations
  • 2003 - Chris Catena - Freak Out!
  • 2003 - Christian Rivel's Audiovision - The Calling
  • 2003 - Laudamus - Lost In Vain
  • 2004 - Edge of Forever - Feeding The Fire
  • 2005 - Soul Sirkus - World Play
  • 2007 - Redlist - Ignorance
  • 2007 - Jorge Salán - Chronicles of an Evolution
  • 2007 - Tempestt - Bring'em on

Others background vocals

  • 1988 - House Of Lords - S/T
  • 1990 - Glass Tiger - Simple Mission
  • 1990 - Glass Tiger - The Best Of (Only Canadian Market)
  • 1990 - Glass Tiger - Air Time The Best Of
  • 1990 - Stryper - Against the Law
  • 1991 - Stryper - Can't Stop the Rock
  • 1991 - Saigon Kick - S/T
  • 1991 - Lita Ford - Dangerous Curves
  • 1991 - McQueen Street - McQueen Street
  • 1992 - Randy Jackson's China Red - Bed of Nails
  • 1992 - Steelheart - Tangled in Reins
  • 1999 - Fergie Frederiksen - Equilibrium
  • 1992 - Babylon AD - Nothing Sacred
  • 1992 - Lita Ford - Black
  • 1992 - Mitch Malloy - S/T
  • 1992 - Lita Ford - The Best Of
  • 1992 - Slaughter - The Wild Life
  • 1993 - Pariah - To Mock A Killingbird
  • 1993 - Thomas Vikstrom - If I Could Fly
  • 1995 - Monster - Through The Eyes Of The World
  • 1997 - Amalgan - Delicate Stretch of The Seems
  • 1997 - Paul Gilbert - Alligator Farm
  • 2003 - Stryper - 7 The Best of Stryper
  • 2003 - Neil Turbin - Threatcon Delta
  • 2008 - Takara - Invitation to Forever
  • 2008 - Dokken - Lightning Strikes Again
  • 2008 - Mad Max - Here We Are

Various artist / Tributes album

  • 1994 - Dragon Attack - A tribute To Queen
  • 1994 - Smoke On The Water - Tribute To Deep Purple
  • 1997 - We Will Rock You (Remixes) - Tribute to Queen (1997)
  • 1999 - Hot For Remixes - Tribute To Van Halen
  • 2000 - Little Guitars - Tribute To Van Halen
  • 2000 - Bat Head Soup - Tribute To Ozzy Osbourne
  • 2000 - Van Halen 2000 - A tribute to Van Halen
  • 2001 - Let The Tribute To The Talking - Tribute To Aerosmith
  • 2002 - Warmth In The Wilderness - Tribute To Jason Becker
  • 2002 - Pigs And Pyramids: An All-Stars Lineup Performing The Songs Of Pink Floyd
  • 2004 - We Salute You - Tribute to AC/DC
  • 2004 - A Tribute to Van Halen
  • 2004 - Breathe: A Tribute To Pink Floyd
  • 2004 - The Sweet According To Sweden - Tribute To Sweet
  • 2004 - Michael Schenker Group - Heavy Hitters
  • 2005 - The Crown Jewels: A Tribute to Queen
  • 2005 - Numbers From The Beast - An All Star Salute To Iron Maiden
  • 2006 - Butchering The Beatles: A Headbashing Tribute
  • 2007 - Frankie Banali and Friends - 24/7/365 The Tribute to Led Zeppelin
  • 2008 - We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year

Notes

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Preceded by
Steve Augeri
Journey lead vocalist
2006 – 2007
Succeeded by
Arnel Pineda

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