Jonathan Cain, longtime keyboardist and rhythm guitarist in Journey, co-writer of the No. 1 digital catalog song in history, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” as well as writer of “Faithfully” and co-writer of “Who’s Crying Now,” “Open Arms” and many more international hit songs, will release his solo album, What God Wants to Hear, Oct. 21 on Identity Records with The Fuel Music distribution.
Cain, who continues to tour the world with Journey, one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, crafted his new solo album from his personal faith-journey that started in Chicago when, at a young age, he wanted to be a priest. His faith was challenged after he survived a horrific fire in third grade at his school, Our Lady of the Angels School, where 92 of his fellow students along with three nuns died that day. Cain found healing and redemption in music, and his long ‘journey’ eventually led him back to the seminal faith of his youth.
Weathering professional and personal storms, Cain declares, “Only God can take a mess and turn it into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, a victim into victory.”
The first single from his new album available for download with preorder at iTunes beginning Sept. 23, “Deeper than Deep,” like the rest of What God Wants to Hear, was recorded at Addiction Sound, Cain’s state-of-the-art studio in Nashville. The video for the song, which will be released soon, features photographs Cain has taken throughout the years.
Cain is also exclusively offering, for a limited time, a free song download of the bonus track, “Remove Every Veil,” along with an introduction to the song from Pastor Paula White, to anyone who signs up for the free gift at http://jonathancainmusic.com/.
Cain’s return to his faith coincided with discovering love and healing through White, senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Orlando, who he married in April, 2015. Leading worship at his wife’s annual women’s conference, Cain found a new joy in his music. “I never heard him sing like this,” White says. “Something had shifted in him.”
After encouragement to record music reflecting this newfound joy, Cain asked, “What does God want to hear from me?” Soon afterwards, the songs began to pour out. “I’ve always been seeking out songs since I was young,” he shares. “I never had any idea how rich the Bible was with imagery. I got lost in it.”
Reminiscent of when he almost gave up on his musical dreams and his father uttered the now famous line “Don’t stop believing,” Cain now feels he’s just starting to believe again.