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Robert Fleischman
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts Journey, Asia, Channel, Vinnie Vincent Invasion

Robert Fleischman is an American musician.

He is best known as the former lead singer of the group Journey between the albums Next and Infinity. Robert was with the band for about nine months in 1977, contributing his song writing skills and vocal performances, but never actually recording any albums with the band. He co-wrote one of their biggest hits, "Wheel in the Sky", in addition to "Anytime" and "Winds Of March". The only released Journey song featuring his vocals is "For You", which can be found on Journey's box set release: Time3, and on his 1979 solo album Perfect Stranger [1] . He may have also contributed to the unreleased song "Velvet Curtain", which was later re-written as "Feeling That Way", credited to Dunbar, Aynsley, Perry, Steve, Rolie, Gregg. He performed a song called "Diva" with Journey at the Diamond Head Crater Festival in 1977 (see link below) [2].

Robert was also associated with the English rock group Asia. He was already known to bandmember Carl Palmer, and then John Kalodner of Geffen Records introduced Robert to John Wetton with a view to Robert becoming Asia's lead-singer. As they worked on material together however, Robert was impressed by John Wetton's singing, and told Wetton that he felt the voice best suited to the new material was Wetton's own. Leaving Asia's vocals to Wetton, Robert left the project amicably, and returned to America [3]. .

He has also been part of the band Channel (1984). (In 2009, after many years out of print, Channel's self-titled debut album was reissued on compact disc in the UK by Rock Candy Records.)

In 1986, he appeared with the Vinnie Vincent Invasion, featuring the ex-KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent, on their self-titled album and later on the unreleased album Guitars From Hell [[4]] (1991). In 1996, Vincent released a compact disc called The EP , which featured Robert on vocals. The EP was also released under the name Euphoria (Vinnie Vincent album). Although out of print on compact disc, Vincent has since made Euphoria (Vinnie Vincent album) available as a download.

In 2004, Robert recorded an AOR[[5]] version of The Lord's Prayer with the band Liberty N' Justice for their album Welcome To The Revolution. Robert also released this track under his own banner in both vocal and instrumental versions.

In early 2009, Robert announced the formation of a new band, The Sky, with the following media statement; "May 22, 2009, multi-platinum singer songwriter Robert Fleischman will be unveiling his new band The Sky at the National theatre in Richmond, Virginia. Upon his induction with Journey to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his desire to perform live was inspired. After auditioning his native town of Los Angeles for musicians, Robert decided to look into a different circle of players. LA session drummer Andre LaBelle, who played with Robert in the past with KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent, had relocated to Virginia. Robert soon discovered that Richmond was exploding with talent. Upon flying perspective players to Vegas for auditions, Robert decided to develop the band in Virginia. Holding down the rhythm is Andre LaBelle and Steve Barber. The guitars are provided by Stephan LaJaunie and Brady Cole. The sound these five musicians have created is an atmospheric chemistry with a driving punch that could be compared to the likes of Oasis, The Verve, or the more psychedelic sounds produced by The Cult and Bowie. The Sky is excited to debut this fresh material for the city of Richmond at this historical Theatre."


Solo Albums

Robert's solo albums to date are; Perfect Stranger (1979) [6], World In Your Eyes (2002) which was produced by former Hurricane and current Foreigner singer Kelly Hansen, Kinetic Phenomena (2004) and Electric Raindrops (2004) both of which showcase Robert's tv and film scoring ability, Dreaming in Tongues (also 2004) on which Robert sang, played guitar, bass, keys, and drums, with additional drums by his Channel band-mate Gary Furguson, and cello and additional bass by Cameron Stone, and Look at the Dream (2007) whose title-track charted in the ACQB FM Chart's Top Twenty at number 15 [7] .

Ensemble Releases

Robert's ensemble releases include Channel (1984), Vinnie Vincent Invasion's self-titled album (1986), "For You" on Time3 with Journey (1992), Euphoria (Vinnie Vincent album) with Vinnie Vincent (1996), and The Lord's Prayer with the band Liberty N' Justice for their album Welcome To The Revolution (2004).

Guitars From Hell [[8]] (1991) with Vinnie Vincent remains unreleased.

Composing With Journey

Some of the songs Robert wrote with Journey can be found on the aforementioned album Infinity (1978), and on the compilations Greatest Hits (Journey album) (1988), Time3 (1992), The Essential Journey (2001), the bonus disc included with Revelation (Journey album) (2008), and the live albums Greatest Hits Live (Journey album) (1998) and Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour (2005).


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Preceded by
Gregg Rolie
Journey lead vocalist
Succeeded by
Steve Perry


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