Michel St-père forms Mystery in 1986. Basically formed as a studio project to record a first album, it takes a few years to develop and structure everything. By 1990, after some restructuring, Mystery's new lineup includes Stéphane Perreault on drums & percussion, Benoît Dupuis on keyboards, Ray Savoie on vocals and Michel St-Père on both electric and acoustic guitars. At this time the music of Mystery is featured on radio stations from Montreal to Vancouver on several occasions. Mystery is also selected to compete in the Labatt Blue Band Warz 1990 where they become finalists.
In 1991, Mystery records 25 original songs. In addition, Michel St-Père decides to produce Mystery's first CD with additional help from Ray Savoie's brother Gary on lead vocals, and Richard Addison on bass guitar. It will take again a few months to produce but finally Mystery launch their first independently released 5 song CD by 1992 which is recorded at Studio Illusion in Lorraine, Quebec. Mystery generates interests from many record labels. Then, due to the unfortunate and untimely illness of Mystery's drummer, Stéphane Perreault, Mystery is forced to take a break and each member uses this time to work on different projects. Michel St-Père and Gary Savoie take the whole summer of 1993 to record another 20 original songs at Studio Illusion, as they prepare for the next CD.
Autumn 1993, Mystery gets back together as they welcome back their courageous friend, Stéphane Perreault. His illness leaves him without the use of his legs. However, Stéphane's strong determination, will and his passion for his craft give him a new and unique approach in drumming. He becomes one of the first drummers to play from a wheelchair without the help of any preprogrammed sequences.
Summer 1994 brings Mystery to the Yamaha Music Quest '94 in which they also become finalists. Mystery plays the whole summer in venues all over the province, bringing their music to their numerous Fans. Winter 1994; Mystery starts recording Theatre of the Mind, their new CD at Studio Illusion once again. While recording, Mystery's lineup introduces Patrick Bourque on bass guitar and Michel Painchaud on saxophone and acoustic guitar.
1995, Michel St-Pere forms UNICORN RECORDS as they are finalizing the mix for their Theatre of the Mind CD at Gilles Peltier's studio in Montreal. Then Benoît Dupuis and Michel Painchaud quit Mystery as the band is testing their Quadraphonic live sound system while preparing for the Theatre of the Mind promotional tour in various small venues in the province.
1996, Unicorn Records release Mystery's Theatre of the Mind on UNICORN RECORDS. Now as a four-piece band including, Gary Savoie on vocals, Michel St-Père on electric, acoustic guitar and keyboards, Patrick Bourque on fretted and fretless bass and Stéphane Perreault on drums and synthesizers, they are ready to bring their music to the whole world. Theatre of the Mind was the turning point in MYSTERY's career as for the first time the music of MYSTERY was sent outside of Canada. Then came a first review from a Canadian magazine and then more were coming from all around the world. Progressive rock radio programs would start playing songs from Theatre of the Mind and some Record labels would start selling our CDs in countries like: France, Norway, USA and Canada. This was all arriving as MYSTERY were already in the process of recording DESTINY?, their third CD. Then Stéphane Perreault left, after 7 years with MYSTERY, to concentrate on his graphic career. As the recording sessions were already started, they had to find someone who could take the job of not only a great drummer but also a great friend. With the help of Gilles Peltier who had worked on the mixing session of Theatre of the Mind, MYSTERY found him in the person of Steve Gagné. Once again, providence was on our side, and the recordings of DESTINY? could continue.
May 1998 saw the release of Destiny? an album with a more progressive side to the music and the CD was also simultaneously license to one of the biggest Progressive rock label in Europe, MUSEA. The CD received very good reviews from all around the world and proved to be MYSTERY's best selling album so far. At the same time a new edition of Theatre of the Mind was released with a new cover this time made by MYSTERY's ex-drummer Stéphane Perreault. Even though the critic were acclaiming DESTINY? And that the band were at their best in live performances, it was clear that not all the members were happy with the direction MYSTERY was taking and by 1999, singer Gary Savoie and MYSTERY had to go their separate ways.
The new album that was planned for 1999 had not been started yet and MYSTERY had to find another singer to replace 7 years part of the band Gary Savoie. This new singer would have a big shoe to fill as reviews were often crediting Gary Savoie to be one of the best progressive rock Singer. Michel St-Pere knew who could do the job, Benoit David who Michel had met 2 years prior to Gary's departure after a concert and an amazing performance from Benoît. Steve Gagné knew someone who knew Benoît and after a few phone calls Benoît came to the Studio to audition for the next MYSTERY CD. Benoît did such a great job at his Audition that the tape will later find its way onto the DURP compilation CD.
Meanwhile all of this had created a delay and the new CD was already a year late and no work was done. UNICORN RECORDS decided to release a compilation CD with songs from the first three CDs called AT THE DAWN OF A NEW MILLENNIUM. This CDs is a sorted of ending for the first chapter of MYSTERY's career announcing a new beginning as well as a tribute to the voice of Gary Savoie and the beautiful contribution of many musicians that helped made MYSTERY's music what it is today.
As the new millennium begins MYSTERY is hard at work on their next CD which should be released by the fall of the year 2000. MYSTERY have also contributed to the DisDURPance Volume3 CD with the song Beneath the Veil of Winter's Face and also doing a version of Pink Floyd's HEY YOU for the Sign of Life tribute album.
In almost 15 years, MYSTERY have always beaten the odds, known to redefine itself and still always staying true to their belief and this was just the beginning as MYSTERY is now recording the new CD and prepare to go on tour for the fall of 2000. So you thought you had seen it all, well you ain't seen nothing yet…