Steve Perry Gives Unexpected Assist to Cassidy/Boheme ‘Follow the Freedom”

Boheme a.k.a. Cassidy

Former Antigone Rising frontwoman Cassidy is unveiling her new identity, Boheme, along with her first solo record, “Follow the Freedom” — with a completely unexpected assist by Journey’s Steve Perry.

 “I grew up in Northwestern New Jersey in an area that had only one one radio station — a classic rock station — so I grew up listening to Journey and Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Nicks…Steve Perry was a HUGE influence,” she recalls. 

She was busy mixing tracks on “Follow the Freedom” at L.A.’s Capitol Records building with producer/engineer Niko Bolas, when Bolas suddenly announced, “I have a big fan of yours in here who wants to meet you.’  I was thinking someone who was a fan of my former band.  I walked into the room and who turns around but Steve Perry.  I had to rub my eyes, because I thought I was seeing things.  He said, ‘Hi, Darlin’!’

“I said, ‘I am a huge fan of yours!  You taught me how to sing.’

“‘I did?’ he said.  ‘No wonder you sound good.'”

Perry not only wound up collaborating on the album behind the scenes, he performed backup vocal work on “Follow the Freedom.” 

Cassidy remembers Bolas telling her, “There’s some sort of spirit connection there.  He recognized something in your voice that sounded familiar.’  It did feel a bit cosmic, a bit of a wink from the universe.  If you’re doing the right thing, the road will rise up to meet you.”

That fortuitous turn of events came after years fraught with stress and disappointment for the singer-actress.  Despite the success of female rockers Antigone Rising, she says she felt a sense of things going wrong after they signed a record deal.  “We’d been on our own for five years and been really independent.  As soon as we handed it over, there was a campaign to change the image, to change the sound.  This is what Atlantic Records wants.  This is better for Starbucks.  The public had been responding to how different and unusual the band was, but once we got on a record label, they wanted to temper it.  The hair got bigger, the makeup got darker and the clothes got more feminine…My regret was that I did not fight it more.” 

After she and her band mates went separate ways, “I was shell-shocked, heartbroken.  I lost some of that fight I was born with.  It was a tough time.”  She took time away, focused on acting and other pursuits. 

Two years ago, she “picked up the guitar again” and found a new sound beginning to emerge.  “Based on everything going on in the country,” she says, the album’s “message is going to be about starting over, about finding the positive in a negative.”  And she has.

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About Stacy Jenel Smith

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

3 thoughts on “Steve Perry Gives Unexpected Assist to Cassidy/Boheme ‘Follow the Freedom”

  1. NiceFriday

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  2. Ivette Martinez

    Ya quisiera yo tener un fan asi. Este senor es muy talentoso y esta chica tiene una gran voz. Un abrazo para ti Steve con mucho carino.

  3. Carol tancowny

    When the passion is there for all to see & hear. Givin only ourselves denial of the gift. Alas an angel brings sight to ones eye, bringing forces together to prevale. Wishing you all the best life has to offer. Much love 😀 <3

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