Kevin Chalfant is a singer-songwriter and a native of Streator, Illinois. He obtained a BMI award for co-writing and singing on one of the most frequently aired rock radio hits of 1992 and 1993, “I’ve Got A Lot To Learn About Love”‘, by The Storm. In 1994, he temporarily replaced Steve Perry in Journey, and in 2003, he toured as lead vocalist for the Alan Parsons Live Project.
Chalfant’s first national success came when he joined AOR group 707 in 1982. With Chalfant on lead vocals, the band enjoyed its biggest hit, “Mega Force”, which peaked at #12 on Billboard ‘s Mainstream Rock chart. That success, however, was not enough to assuage internal conflicts and the group disbanded before a follow-up could be recorded.
In 1984, Chalfant joined the band Steel Breeze. He recorded one album with the band, Heart on the Line, before leaving in 1985. Around that time he sang “Hold On to the Vision”, the theme to the film No Retreat, No Surrender, featuring Joe Satriani on guitar.
Chalfant later formed The Storm in 1990 with guitarist Josh Ramos and former Journey members Ross Valory (bass), Gregg Rolie (keys) and Steve Smith (drums). Journey was a multi-platinum band that was itself no stranger to internal conflict, and had undergone several personnel changes over the years. Early vocalist/keyboardist Rolie had left to pursue a solo career in 1980, and Valory and Smith had been replaced in the studio and on tour in 1986. Chalfant and Valory had dabbled in the studio with a side band called The Vu (pronounced “The View”), as the mega-band’s turmoil simmered and its next step was considered. By 1989, Journey had splintered completely into a series of solo projects and side bands, and The Storm started brewing.
Released by Interscope Records in late 1991, The Storm hit the album charts and the band’s first single, “I’ve Got A Lot To Learn About Love” surged well into the Top 40 of the Hot 100. Faring even better at Mainstream Rock radio, the single peaked at #6 on the national Billboard charts, and its follow up, “Show Me The Way” went to #22. That spring, the band went on a major US tour in support of Bryan Adams, then at his commercial peak and playing arenas, moving on to open for Peter Frampton, as well as several headlining dates.
When it came time to release the second Storm album in 1993, however, the band found their label, Interscope, entrenched in the burgeoning rap scene. The band’s second album, The Eye Of The Storm, did not find label release until 1996, and by then the winds powering The Storm had died out.
Journey prologue is passed
By 1994, Journey had been on a nearly eight-year hiatus, and the late-70s line up was poised to regroup, minus singer Steve Perry, who was in the midst of releasing a second solo album. Chalfant stepped in to tackle Perry’s parts for a live performance in San Francisco, and the result proved to be a good fit. He was invited to formally join the band, and Chalfant began writing material with Rolie, Neal Schon, and Jonathan Cain in anticipation of a full album and tour. By 1995, however, Journey’s stars had realigned yet again, and Steve Perry returned for a brief, Grammy-nominated reunion of their early-80s line up instead, leaving Rolie and Chalfant suddenly on their own again following the star, coming full circle.
Chalfant relocated back to his native Illinois and took a couple of years off. Upon his return to music, he brought his spirituality into the fore. He released a solo album in 1997 entitled Running with the Wind, and released two albums with the band Two Fires, a self-titled release in 2000, and Ignition in 2002. In 2003, he toured as the lead singer for the Alan Parsons Live Project.
In 2004, Chalfant released an album of traditional gospel songs and hymns, Back To Square One, with proceeds going to benefit former Chicago Bear, Jerry Stillman. A Christmas CD featuring fans caroling along with Chalfant and his band was released in December 2005.
Chalfant formed another band, Shadows Fade, releasing a self-titled album in 2004 before disbanding. Chalfant then signed as the lead singer for Kansas City AOR favorite Shooting Star. He released one album, 2006’s Circles, before leaving the band.
In 2007, Chalfant released Fly2Freedom, a 13-track solo album covering his favorite Journey hits. The “fly” of the album’s title and its cover art are a humorously self-deprecating homage to the scarab that appeared in the cover art on many of Journey’s albums of the 1970s and 1980s. Freedom was the 1985 working title for Journey’s follow up to their Frontiers album prior to the departure of Valory and Smith; it was ultimately released as Raised On Radio. Chalfant is quoted on the label’s website as saying, “The Journey love-laden sound has won the hearts of millions of fans world wide. I am proud to consider them personal friends and label them America’s Finest Rock Band.”