Jeff Scott Soto

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Jeff Scott Soto
Jeff Scott Soto
Jeff Scott Soto
Background information
Born (1965-11-04) November 4, 1965 (age 55)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresHard rock, AOR, heavy metal, power metal, funk
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, trumpet
Years active1983–present
LabelsFrontiers
Associated acts
Websitejeffscottsoto.com

Jeff Scott Soto (born November 4, 1965) is an American rock singer of Puerto Rican descent.[1] He is best known for being the vocalist on Yngwie Malmsteen's first two albums, and (briefly) the lead vocalist for Journey in 2006-2007. He also had a long tenure as the frontman of hard rock band Talisman. Currently he works as solo artist, with his self-named band SOTO and as the vocalist of supergroups W.E.T., Sons of Apollo and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

His style ranges from hard rock to power metal, being influenced by classic soul singers as Sam Cooke as well as Journey's Steve Perry, and Freddie Mercury of Queen.

Career[edit]

In 1982, after performing in several local cover bands, Soto recorded several songs as lead singer for the band Kanan. In 1984, Soto provided vocals for virtuoso guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen's debut album Rising Force and his next album Marching Out a year later.

Soto has performed with a wide variety of bands, including Panther, Axel Rudi Pell, Eyes, Talisman, Takara, Humanimal, Human Clay, Kryst The Conqueror, Redlist, The Boogie Knights and Soul SirkUS. As a session musician, Soto also performed backing vocals for artists such as Lita Ford, Steelheart, Glass Tiger, House of Lords, Stryper, & Saigon Kick.

He 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.

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 then, Soto has joined Queen sideman Spike Edney's band, the Spike All Stars. Soto then appeared with Brian May and Roger Taylor at the 'Hollywood Walk of Fame' bash for the Official International Queen Fan Club.[2] In 2012 Taylor hired Soto as one of the four singers chosen for the official tribute band Queen Extravaganza. The band was formed via internet auditions and features Freddie Mercury soundalike Marc Martel. Soto and singer Yvan Pedneault were added to the lineup to augment the selected singers, in an effort to better emulate Queen songs live. However, Soto only did one tour with the group; they continued with a smaller production and line up

Soto's solo album Damage Control was released on Frontiers Records in March 2012. His next solo album SOTO was released on January 30, 2015. The album was co-written alongside Gus G and other members of his solo band. The solo project soon morphed into a band called SOTO. In 2016, they released DIVAK on earMusic. They toured afterwards, opening for Winery Dogs in May 2016.

In 2015, Soto recorded vocals for Joel Hoekstra's 13, contributing to the album Dying to Live. Soto split vocal duties with Russell Allen on the album.[3] In 2018, SOTO recorded their 3rd album Origami, released in May 2019.[4]

Soto released another solo album, Retribution in November 2017. In early 2020 he completed work on his 7th solo album as well as scheduled a live album for release in July.

2020 sees the release of 2 solo albums on Frontiers Records, "Jeff Scott Soto - Loud & Live In Milan 2019", recorded live at the annual Frontiers Rock Festival and "Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)" co-written and produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio.

Talisman[edit]

Soto was one of the founding members of Talisman in 1989.[5] He was in the group up until their disbandment in 2007.

Talisman regrouped in December 2019 to record a tribute track for bassist Marcel Jacob on the 10th anniversary of his death.[6]

Journey[edit]

In 2006, Soto replaced Steve Augeri in Journey after Augeri left the tour due to an acute throat infection. After months of being a tour replacement, Soto was officially hired as the band's singer in December 2006.[7] However, the stint was short-lived, as he was fired from the band on June 12, 2007.[8] Soto stated on his website "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."[9] He later mentioned the gig didn't work out because former vocalist Steve Perry was still alive and could hypothetically rejoin the band, hurting fan expectations of any replacement singers.[7] Although he was officially introduced as the lead singer of Journey, the band has not mentioned Soto in recent lookbacks and biographies, skipping over him entirely for his replacement Arnel Pineda.[7]

Trans-Siberian Orchestra[edit]

Soto joined Trans-Siberian Orchestra as a touring singer in 2008.[10] Soto has continually toured with the group, stating "I will be a part of Trans-Siberan Orchestra as long as they'll have me."[4]

W.E.T.[edit]

Alongisde members of Work Of Art and Eclipse, Soto founded W.E.T. The group, named after the initials of the band involved, Soto's representing Talisman, released a self-titled debut album in November 2009. In 2013, they released their second album Rise Up, and their third studio album Earthrage followed in 2018. They began recording a new album in 2020.[11]

Sons Of Apollo[edit]

In May 2017, he joined a progressive metal supergroup named Sons of Apollo with Derek Sherinian, bassist Billy Sheehan, drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal.[12] Their debut album, Psychotic Symphony, was released Oct 20, 2017 with Inside Out/Sony.

After releasing a live album in 2019, Sons of Apollo released their second album MMXX in January 2020.

Personal life[edit]

Soto was born in Brooklyn, New York, his family moved to Los Angeles when he was a child. He spent his youth singing, learning trumpet and keyboards.

In 2012, he married his long term girlfriend Elena. He has a son from a previous marriage, and two step-children.

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

Studio albums:

  • Love Parade - 1994
  • Holding On (EP) - 2002
  • Prism - 2002
  • Lost in the Translation - 2004
  • Believe in Me (EP) - 2006
  • Beautiful Mess - 2009
  • Damage Control - 2012
  • Retribution - 2017
  • Wide Awake (In My Dreamland) - 2020

Live albums:

  • JSS Live at the Gods 2002 - 2003
  • Live at the Queen Convention 2003 - 2004
  • One Night in Madrid - 2009
  • Live at Firefest 2008 - 2010

Compilation albums:

DVD:

  • JSS Live at the Gods 2002 - 2003
  • Live at the Queen Convention 2003 - 2004
  • One Night In Madrid - 2009

with Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force[edit]

Singles:

  • "Studio/Live '85" (1985)
  • "I am a Viking" (Japan, 1985)

DVD:

  • Live In Japan '85 - 2015

with Kryst the Conqueror[edit]

with Eyes[edit]

  • Eyes - 1990
  • Windows Of The Soul - 1993

Singles:

  • "Calling All Girls" - 1990
  • "Nobody Said It Was Easy" - 1990

with Talisman[edit]

Studio albums:

Live albums:

Compilation albums:

  • Best of... - 1996
  • BESTerious - 1996
  • Vaults - 2015

Singles:

  • "Just Between Us" (1990)
  • "I'll be Waiting" (Sweden, 1990)
  • "Mysterious (This Time is Serious)" (1993)
  • "Time after Time" (1993)
  • "Doing Time With My Baby" (1994)
  • "Colour My XTC" (1994)
  • "All + All" (1994)
  • "Frozen" (1995)
  • "Crazy" (1998)

DVD:

  • The World's Best Kept Secret - 2005

with Axel Rudi Pell[edit]

Singles:

  • "Forever Young" (1994)
  • "Cry Of The Gypsy" (1994)

DVD / Blu Ray:

  • Magic Moments: 25th Anniversary Special Show (Live) - 2015

with Takara[edit]

with Human Clay[edit]

  • Human Clay 1996
  • u4ia 1997
  • Closing the Book on Human Clay - 2003
  • The Complete Recordings - 2015

with Humanimal[edit]

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

with Soul SirkUS[edit]

  • World Play - 2005

with Redlist[edit]

  • Ignorance - 2007

with W.E.T.[edit]

  • W.E.T. - 2009
  • Rise Up - 2013
  • One Live in Stockholm - 2014
  • Earthrage - 2018
  • Retransmission - 2021

Singles:

  • One Love (2009)
  • Comes Down Like Rain (2009)
  • Brothers In Arms (2009)
  • Learn to Live Again (2012)
  • Love Heals (2013)
  • Watch the Fire (2018)
  • Big Boys Don't Cry (2020)

with Trans-Siberian Orchestra[edit]

with SOTO[edit]

  • Inside the Vertigo - 2015
  • DIVAK - 2016
  • Origami - 2019

with Sons of Apollo[edit]

  • Psychotic Symphony (2017)
  • Alive / Tengo Vida (2018) Digital E.P.
  • Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony (2019)
  • MMXX (2020)

Guest appearances - lead vocals[edit]

  • Threshold - Threshold - 1983
  • Panther - Panther - 1986
  • Dragonne - On Dragons Wings - 1988
  • Kuni - Lookin' For Action - 1988
  • Alex Masi - Attack Of The Neon Shark - 1989
  • Skrapp Mettle - Sensitive - 1991
  • Biker Mice From Mars - Biker Mice From Mars: Original Soundtrack - 1993
  • Da Black Side Brown - Da Black Side Brown - 1994
  • Gary Schutt - Sentimetal - 1994
  • Hollywood Underground - Hollywood Underground - 1996
  • Yngwie Malmsteen - Inspiration - 1996
  • The Boogie Knights - Welcome To The Jungle Boogie - 1997
  • Steel Dragon - Rock Star soundtrack - 2001
  • Ken Tamplin And Friends - Wake The Nations - 2003
  • Chris Catena - Freak Out! - 2003
  • Christian Rivel's Audiovision - The Calling - 2003
  • Laudamus - Lost In Vain - 2003
  • Roger Sause - Freestyle Funk - 2004
  • Edge of Forever - Feeding The Fire - 2004
  • Michael Schenker - Heavy Hitters - Doctor Doctor: The Kulick Sessions - By Invitation Only - 2005
  • Jorge Salán - Chronicles of an Evolution - 2007
  • Tempestt - Bring 'Em On - 2007
  • Taka Minamino - AngelWing - 2009
  • Jorge Salán - Estatuas en la calle - 2010
  • Danger Angel - Danger Angel - 2010
  • Jane Bogaert - Fifth Dimension - 2010
  • Last Autumn's DreamA Touch of Heaven - 2010
  • "The Flames Still Burns" - from "Ballroom Hamburg — A Decade of Rock" compilation (2010)
  • Pushking - The World as We Love it - 2011
  • Evolution - Evolution - 2011
  • Talon - III - 2011
  • Mitch Malloy - II - 2011
  • Wolfpakk - Wolfpakk - 2011
  • Last Autumn's Dream - Nine Lives - 2011
  • Koritni - Welcome To The Crossroads - 2012
  • Reign of the Architect - Rise - 2012
  • AOR - The Secrets Of L.A - 2013
  • The Dave K Project - Resurrection / True Lies - 2013
  • Gus G - Summer Days - 2014
  • Gus G - Brand New Revolution - 2015 [13]
  • Joel Hoekstra - Dying To Live - 2015
  • AOR - L.A. Darkness - 2016
  • Lita Ford - Time Capsule - 2016
  • Lola Astanova - Freedom - 2016
  • RTfact - Life is Good- 2017
  • Brad Jurgens - Deranged- 2017
  • Band Of Brothers - Band Of Brothers- 2017
  • HighWay - "Wake Up" - 2017 [14] [15]
  • Jason Bieler - Hope & Strife E.P. - 2018
  • Jimmy Waldo & Steven Rosen - Voices From The Past - 2018
  • Schubert In Rock - Commander Of Pain - 2018

Various Artists tributes albums[edit]

  • Smoke On The Water: A Tribute to Deep Purple (1994): "Hush"
  • Dragon Attack: A Tribute To Queen (1996): "Save Me "
  • Hot For Remixes: Tribute to Van Halen (1999): "So This Is Love (Sheep On Drugs Remix)"
  • Head Soup: A Tribute To Ozzy Osbourne (2000): "Shot In The Dark"
  • Little Guitars - A Tribute To Van Halen (2000): "So This Is Love" (Re-released)
  • Tribute To Aerosmith: Let The Tribute Do The Talkin' (2001): "Cryin'"
  • An All Star Lineup Performing The Songs Of Pink Floyd (2002): "Us & Them"
  • We Salute You A Tribute to ACDC (2004): "Problem Child"
  • Numbers From The Beast – An All Star Salute To Iron Maiden (2004): "Aces High"
  • The Sweet According to Sweden: A Tribute to The Sweet (2004): "Love Is Like Oxygen" (Audiovision fect. JSS )
  • Frankie Banali & Friends 24/7/365 - Tribute To Led Zeppelin (2004): "Royal Orleans"
  • The Crown Jewels - A tribute To Queen (2005): "We Will Rock You"
  • 80s Metal Tribute To Van Halen (2006): "So This Is Love" (Re-released)
  • Butchering The Beatles (2006): "Magical Mystery Tour"

Guest appearances - backing vocals[edit]

Guest songwriting[edit]

  • Khymera - A New Promise - 2005: "You Can't Take Me (Away from You)"
  • Uriah Heep - Living The Dream - 2018: "Grazed By Heaven"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The unexpected Journey of Jeff Scott Soto". Blogs.tampabay.com. 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
  2. ^ "The Genesis of Jeff Scott Soto". Jeffscottsoto.com. 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
  3. ^ "WHITESNAKE/Ex-NIGHT RANGER Guitarist JOEL HOEKSTRA To Release JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 Debut 'Dying To Live'". Blabbermouth.
  4. ^ a b "JEFF SCOTT SOTO Says He Wanted Solo Band SOTO To Be 'Heavier' Than His Other Projects". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. June 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "Talisman | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  6. ^ "TALISMAN Reunites For New Song In Memory Of MARCEL JACOB". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. December 20, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Kielty, Martin. "Jeff Scott Soto: Steve Perry's 'Ghost' Made Fronting Journey Hard". Ultimate Classic Rock.
  8. ^ Newman, Andrew Adam (June 18, 2007). "Journey's Song Gets a Bump From TV Once Again" – via NYTimes.com.
  9. ^ "JSS: The 'Journey' Forward". Jeffscottsoto.com. 2007-06-25. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
  10. ^ "JEFF SCOTT SOTO To Tour With TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. August 12, 2008.
  11. ^ "JEFF SCOTT SOTO Says Melodic Rock Supergroup W.E.T. Is Working On A New Album". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. February 6, 2020.
  12. ^ Munro, Scott (1 August 2017). "Supergroup Sons Of Apollo announce debut album". TeamRock.com. Future Publishing. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Gus G. Official website". Gusgofficial.com. Archived from the original on 2017-06-13. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  14. ^ "HighWay Official Website". www.highwayrocks.com.
  15. ^ "SleazeRoxx.com". Sleaze Roxx Website.

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