Steve Perry guesting on the upcoming solo album from Boheme
At first glance, Bohème's Follow the Freedom seems like it must be the work of a new artist. In fact, though, Bohème is the name taken by an established and acclaimed musician. For eight years, Cassidy was the frontwoman and primary songwriter in Antigone Rising. After releasing four independent albums, the all-female rock band was signed to Lava/Atlantic Records, and its 2005 major label debut From the Ground Up sold almost 500,000 copies. The sound that Cassidy created for Follow the Freedom, in front and behind the microphone, took the singer back to her earliest influences. "I always wrote these little blue-eyed soul ditties—like some cross between Minnie Riperton and Rickie Lee Jones, with some arena-rock sensibilities in the choruses," she says. "The radio was the only musical instrument in my house growing up, so I love those '70s and '80s melodies." "I walked into the studio one day to find Steve Perry hanging out in my mixing bay," she says, still with a certain degree of disbelief. "Before I knew it, he was there every day showing me tricks he used to get his voice to sound like that on his albums. Secrets I will take to my grave! He even came up with this cool idea for a backing vocal on 'Follow The Freedom'. We threw a mic up and sang together!"