Jonathan Cain

Jonathan Cain

American keyboardist, in the late '60s he played with a garage band STONE CIRCUS, then - with the British group' BABYS '
After performing, writing and recording with some of the some of the best known bands and vocalist of the eighties, keyboardist and longtime member of "Journey", Jonathan Cain can look back and reflect on a successful career. With the band Journey, their song "When You Love A Woman" was nominated for a "Grammy Award", he has received two of the most prestigious BMI songwriter awards - "Most Performed Song of the Year", for over two million or more radio plays with songs "Open Arms and "Who's Cryin Now". Journey's "Greatest Hits" recently received the "Diamond Award" for sales of ten million and the band has sold 60 million albums with a string of top ten singles accounting for over two decades of music played on the radio.As a songwriter, he's had songs recorded by Michael Bolton, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Rogers, the band "Heart", Greg Allman, Conway Twitty, The Oak Ridge Boys, Colin Raye, Lorrie Morgan, Maria Carey, Australian singer Jimmy Barnes and Peter Frampton. As a producer he's worked with Michael Bolton, guitarist Neal Schon and most recently engineered and co-produced the new Journey EP "Red 13". He's also produced six of his own solo albums - "Back To The Innocence" and "Anthology", his debut albums as a singer songwriter, 'Piano with a View", "Body Language", "For A Lifetime", "Namaste" and most recently "Animated Movie Love Songs", which are all instrumental piano albums of smooth jazz and new age genre.After getting married to his beautiful wife Liz, settling down and having three children, his musical quest began to refine after he built his home studio, "Wildhorse" - a stand alone building on his property that is a 1500 sq. ft. building with a control room, recording room and office, complete with the new technology as well as the classic analog sound. "Once you make a footprint of that kind of commitment to your art, you only raise the standard of your writing and records". He has taught himself the art of making and recording CD's from start to finish. "It's kind of scary having so much freedom, but it's also a rush." he says. "You wake up everyday and go to work in your own backyard creating a different vision from project to project."His passion for the piano has led him to the instrumental genre. After co-producing "Beyond the Thunder" with Neal Schon for Higher Octave records, he was hooked. "It was such a freedom to just play without having chased the pop-song for so many years "I didn't want the wave to end so I asked Higher Octave if they would listen to my piano compositions". That led to a deal and three albums where Cain honed his skills as a instrumentalist all the while continuing his duties as keyboardist and songwriter with Journey. "It's kind of a duality I guess... maybe my romantic musical side" he says.Not wanting to completely abandon his singer/storytellerside, "Anthlogy" is a collection of all his vocal efforts as a result of forging a new record deal with friend Eddie Wilner of "One Way Records". "I didn't want my music to disappear from the shelves and Eddie helped me stay on the street." Cain added three new songs to this 19 song collection including a guest performance with his bandmates from Journey on "Lose Myself".Being a Dad led him to his CD "Animated Movie Love Songs", a tribute to the romantic music of the animated movie classics. "I was at Disneyland with my kids when I got the idea" he says. "I thought it would be great to have all these beautiful melodies on one CD". After spending five months, arranging and recording with digital orchestra and his Mason Hamlin BB piano, Cain emerged with his latest offering. "I have been really pleased with reaction I have received from friends and fans.Cain tours during the summer with Journey which includes over 25 thousand miles of touring the country on a tour bus and 60 shows playing to about a half million people. He has toured with the new line up of Journey with new lead vocalist Steve Augeri and drummer Deen Castronovo since 1998. Along with founding members Neal Schon and Ross Valory, they have played over 300 shows since they got together as a band. "Touring is a powerful way of taking your music to the people" he says. "It's sad to leave my wife and family and that's the hardest part. We say we have gotten used to it but it always hurts when I leave".Cain has wrapped his family around his music and it's evident in his solo efforts. On the CD 'Anthology", family seems to be the theme and there are even songs written for his kids like "Little River" and "Waiting On The Angels". "Animated Movie Love Songs" is a tribute to the time he spends with his children, loving and sharing the same movies.He had also written a Christmas song for his children's school "If Every Day Were Like Christmas" and the kids got to sing it. "We made a CD and some cash for the school" he claims. One thing's for sure, Cain's passion for melody and songs will always take him to new places. The next year he and the children made a whole cd with 15 holiday tracksJonathan was inducted into his high school's Wall of Fame, on May 17, 2004. Jonathan commemorated the event by writing a new song called "Shine On Chicago". The song tells the story of growing up in Chicago and the events and people of the time. Jonathan, Neal Schon and Steve Augeri were invited to Wrigley Field in July of 2004. Jonathan and Neal played the National Anthem. Then Jonathan threw out the first pitch of the game. Later, Jonathan and Steve sang the 7th inning stretch. Chip Carey interviewed Jonathan during the bottom of the 7th inning.Journey received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in early 2005; and the mayor of Hollywood declared January 21, 2005: "Journey Day".Source: jonathancain.com
Bands are about these little relationships that make everything tick, and when you create new music you're testing those relationships.More Jonathan Cain quotes [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
You have a wine tasting of different years, and we're sort of doing that with our music, giving them a taste of what Journey used to be like.More Jonathan Cain quotes [09/25/2011 02:09:25]
The parents used to drag the little ones, and now the kids are coming--and they're not little anymore. Things are evolving. Maybe there's a renaissance for our music.More Jonathan Cain quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Bands are about these little relationships that make everything tick, and when you create new music you're testing those relationships.More Jonathan Cain quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When you're playing the same dirty dozen night after night, the moments that keep it fresh are those when you just let go and trust everyone.More Jonathan Cain quotes [03/12/2018 02:03:32]

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