Intense Defense Line-up with Joshua and Rob Rock
Something to Say Line-up
The "Intense Defense" line-up was short lived however, so Joshua regrouped under the moniker Jaguar with singer Robin Kyle Bassuri and made some incredible demos, but the collaboration never went much further than that. Joshua formed a new band called Mpire with Joshua, Joey Rochrich (bass) and Eric Stoskopf forming the core of the band. They released the album "Chapter One" on Long Island Records in Japan and Europe, but not in the United States. Shortly after the album's release, the label filed for bankruptcy and went out of business.....such is the the nature of this beast we call the music business. But through faith in Christ and the burning desire to continue spreading the word through his music, Joshua picked up and carried on..........
In 1998, Joshua reteamed with his MPire bandmates Joey Rochrich and Eric Stoskopf under the band name JOSHUA PERAHIA. The band began recording their new album "Something to Say" with acclaimed producer Keith Olsen (Scorpions, Heart, Santana) without a vocalist, so Keith asked his friend, former Santana vocalist Alex Ligertwood, to lay down the vocals for the album. Alex was happy to oblige. Keith also brought in Jason Scheff (Chicago)to sing back-up vocals and Santana keyboardist Richard Baker.
Before finishing the recordings, the band happened to find a lead singer by the name of Jerry Gabriel (hailed by the press and compared to David Coverdale). Instead of launching the new band with an outsider's vocals on the record, the label (M&K Sound Entertainment) decided to record the vocals over again with Jerry at the helm. It was then finally decided to release the album with Jerry on 8 songs and retain 4 songs from the original Ligertwood sessions.
"Something to Say" was a return to form for the band. Released in late 2001, the CD re-introduced the band to the American Christian music scene, where the band had had some moderate success with in the states over a decade before, and sold well throughout Germany, Scandanavia, and Japan. The press were again enthusiastic, many magazines calling "Something to Say" the "Melodic Rock Album of the Year.
Live Onstage in Belgium
Joshua is continuing to create magical music and will be making announcements in the near future about new material and unreleased recordings. His new album RESURRECTION to be released in 2012 !!!
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