Forever formed in Illinois in the mid 1980s, and were made up of Jack Emrick on Vocals, Ray Burke on Bass, Steve McCarley on Guitar and Kevin Tanner on Drums. The band recorded their sole album Forever & Ever in 1985 and released it through Heavy Metal America in 1986. The band opened for such big names as UFO, Dokken and Nazareth, before disbanding in the same year, owing to Emrick and Burke’s decision to move to Los Angeles in order to further their success, a wish which was not shared by the other two members of the band.
Singer Jack Emrick went on to record albums with Life After Death (featuring ex members of Armored Saint) and can now be seen playing with his Christian Rock band, Four Star Revival, in Ohio, who released their first CD in 2014 and are planning an EP release in early 2017. Ray Burke also played in Life After Death, before going on to join Warrior with Roy Z (guitarist for Bruce Dickinson and Rob Halford) and playing on one of Bruce Dickinson’s solo albums (2005’s Tyranny Of Souls, where he is credited as “Ray “Greezer” Burke.” He has also more recently released a solo effort, titled Humanity Street, which came out in 2011, and features guest guitar playing from Roy Z.