JEFF SCOTT SOTO: “Music For Me Is Such A Therapy… It Got Me Through The Lockdown”

SONS OF APOLLO (Live at Gramercy Theatre, New York City, NY, USA, February 6, 2020)
Photo: Kristian Singh-Nergård

Livin’ The Life

It’s a good time to be a Jeff Scott Soto fan. In the last year alone Jeff has released three new albums, re-released one out of print album, and produced the debut album from a member of his SOTO project. If you’re not a Jeff Scott Soto fan, what are you waiting for? Soto has been a part of over 100 releases and projects over the years starting with his debut as the vocalist of Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s Rising Force on their self-titled 1984 album.

Besides a very productive solo career, the one time Journey touring vocalist is currently performing with Sons of Apollo and seasonally with Trans Siberian Orchestra. I had the chance to speak with Soto shorty before the release of his latest album The Duets Collection, Volume 1. The album features a bevy of special guests hand-picked by Soto to share vocal duties on some of his favorite songs from the many projects he’s been apart of over the last 35+ years.

Highlights Include

  • Discussion of his latest album The Duets Collection, Volume 1
  • Why he chose the artists he did to appear on the album
  • The return of the vinyl format
  • Did any artist have to pass on The Duets Collection
  • Hitting the road again after a long break
  • His future tour plans
  • Where he is in the process of a new solo album
  • How Soto and Frontiers Music first hooked up 25 years ago
  • The one time Jeff met the recently retired David Lee Roth
  • Why he prefers Dave over Sammy in Van Halen
  • Has Jeff thought about retirement
  • … and much, much more!


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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