Jonathan Cain

Jonathan Cain

As an aspiring singer/songwriter in Los Angeles, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and longtime
Journey member Jonathan Cain was advised by record executives to pursue a different vocation.
“They told me that I couldn’t sing and I couldn’t really write and I should get a day job,” Cain recalls.
“Somebody asked me, ‘What are you going to do now, Jon?’ and I told him, ‘I’m going to find
somebody to sing my songs.’”
Encouraged by his father’s words to “don’t stop believin’,” Cain pressed forward, eventually writing,
touring and recording two albums with The Babys before joining Journey, rounding out the lineup and
songwriting prowess on the band’s defining, 9X Multi-Platinum album Escape, which fittingly opens
with the 5X Platinum single, “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Along with penning Journey’s mega hit “Faithfully,”
as well as co-creating huge anthems like “Open Arms,” “Who’s Crying Now” and many more, Cain’s
musical contributions along the way, including with Bad English, have earned him numerous Billboard
hits; multiple Gold, Platinum and Diamond-selling records; a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame;
and a GRAMMY® nomination, among other accolades.
Now, more than 40 years into his career, he continues with Journey, contributing a wealth of new
songs to the band’s forthcoming studio album. In addition, Cain is a seasoned solo artist—a venture
that allows him to come out from behind his keyboard and step into the shoes of a lead vocalist,
proving those early critics wrong on every front.
Following a transformational encounter with God, Cain committed time and space to begin writing
songs about his growing faith, culminating in five albums in five years: What God Wants to Hear
(2016), Unsung Noel (2017), The Songs You Leave Behind (2018), More Like Jesus (2019) and
Piano Worship (2020). Continuing his tradition of crafting a new solo project each year, Cain is
currently working on a worship record slated to drop in the Fall of 2021.
The collection’s lead single, “Oh Lord Lead Us,” could very well be a post-pandemic anthem, but the
story that led to the song itself was a lifetime in the making.
Cain’s personal journey of faith, which he chronicles in his 2018 memoir named after Journey’s
career-defining song, Don’t Stop Believin’, began when he was a kid growing up in Chicago. As a
young choir boy, he entertained thoughts of going into the ministry, but when his school caught fire

killing 92 of his peers and three nuns, Cain—only in third grade at the time—found his faith on shaky
ground.
Decades later, after experiencing both personal and professional success and watching it all come
crashing down, Cain found himself in Florida crying out to that same God of his youth.
The award-winning singer soon discovered redemption and, ultimately, unconditional love when he
met his now wife, Paula White-Cain, who serves as the senior pastor at City of Destiny church in
Central Florida.
“I started out wanting to be a priest when I was 8-years-old,” Cain shares of the way his life has come
full circle, “and I ended up marrying a pastor. I was a choir boy, and now I’m leading worship.”
Cain leads worship weekly at City of Destiny, the first place he often debuts new music. “It’s always
been the testing grounds. When I write something, I will usually play it at church and see if it moves
people. I don’t force my music on our people. I just kind of drop it on them once in a while,” he says.
“I’ve enjoyed getting away from the piano and just leading worship and getting people to connect.
That’s our job, really. My wife, Paula, she always teaches that God rides on the waves of sound.”
“Oh Lord Lead Us” rides a powerful wave with the help of a wealth of studio pros who brought the
driving track to life. Produced by Cain, mixed by David Kalmusky (Justin Bieber, The Fray, Keith
Urban), mastered by GRAMMY® Award-winning Adam Ayans (Paul McCartney, Carrie Underwood,
Foo Fighters), and featuring Journey background vocalist Jason Derlatka, “Oh Lord Lead Us” was
recorded at Cain’s state-of-the-art Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville with select parts crafted
remotely due to the pandemic.
Cain wrote the track as a prayer for the new year, as 2021 came into sharp focus following a season
of hardship echoed around the world. Inspired by a passage in 1 Chronicles 16:11, “Oh Lord Lead
Us” takes its lyrics directly from Scripture. “Being around all this Bible teaching, I get excited when I
see something that triggers my imagination,” remarks Cain, who grew up Catholic. “Being beaten
down, closed up, and churches shuttered. The lockdown. Quarantine. All this stuff. It seemed like this
is a new season. We’ve got to make ourselves brand new again. The song was a prayer for a reset
and renewal. I just thought we needed something that had a little joy in it.”
The joyful single’s artwork, capturing the sun setting behind the mountains with Cain in the forefront,
was shot at Nevada’s Red Rock Canyon. “That valley has been unchanged for close to a million
years,” Cain explains. “It’s just exactly the way God intended it to be. So it just seemed like a holy
place to go.”
It also felt like the ideal setting for the song’s music video, but weather delays and rental car
shortages prevented Cain from getting to the location on time. Arriving later than originally planned
but determined to use the area’s natural beauty as the video’s backdrop, Cain and the director got up
before dawn to shoot against the bright blue sky now seen in the official clip. Right as they wrapped,
the skies promptly darkened, brewing up a storm.
The experience could very well be a metaphor for Cain’s life—a story of stormy skies and vast
horizon, perfect timing and God’s faithfulness, and the subject of much of his new music. While “Oh
Lord Lead Us” previews his next studio effort, which Cain says will boast more vertical lyrics and
congregational-friendly choruses, it’s only one brick in the ministry he’s building. He is also the host of

the “Anchored” podcast, where he discusses everything from faith, family and marriage to manhood
and music. And he regularly appears on his wife’s television shows, “Paula Today” and “Faithfully,”
seen on the Life Network for Women and Daystar Television. In addition, he’s working on new
Journey music and gearing up for the band’s headlining slot at this summer’s Lollapalooza festival in
Chicago.
Whether he’s ministering with his wife, testing out new songs on his congregation or playing to
millions alongside his Journey bandmates, Cain’s faith always takes center stage. “During Journey
events I can minister to people who haven’t considered Jesus and who can see the light in my life. I
always say, ‘When all else fails, consider Jesus.’ It’s a game changer, absolutely. There are not very
many rock ’n’ rollers praising the name, shouting hallelujah. I take my spiritual life to Journey and
have the confidence of being Spirit-filled,” he attests. “Now, more than ever, it’s time to be transparent
and stand up for what you believe. If you’re a follower of Jesus, it’s OK to say so. I’m not out there
evangelizing. If people can just see my Jesus on me, that’d be fine.”
That’s one reason Cain is so grateful to be able to craft solo music that more explicitly displays his
faith, while simultaneously continuing to record and tour with Journey. No matter the genre his music
is classified under, Cain strives to create songs that are both hopeful and timeless.
“When you write songs for God, they’re time posts,” he offers. “I’ve found that out as I go back into my
old catalog and sing songs. They’re still relevant. They don’t get old, and that’s kind of neat as a
writer. They’re there forever, and if somebody wants to sing them, they can.”
Although he’s been playing music for four decades, Cain continues to climb to the next level, showing
no signs of slowing down. If anything, he’s writing some of the best music of his career—music
marked by a changed life. “I continue to grow in lots of ways,” he says. “I’m looking forward to seeing
where God’s going to take me next.”

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  • 4/17/22 "Easter Resurrection Sunday" Morning Service at City of Destiny

    Join us for Church! "Easter Resurrection Sunday" Easter Sunday Morning Service streaming live from City of Destiny. Start Sunday morning off right with Worship lead by the Minister Jonathan Cain and the City of Desitny Church Praise Team, then Pastor Paula White-Cain shares a powerful message, ...

  • "A Resurrected Life" on Paula Today

    Join Paula as she shares a powerful message on A Resurrected Life.
    The Five E's of Easter/Resurrection, sharing on 3 of the 5; 1.) Everlasting Love 2.) Expectation and 5.) Eternal Assignment

    Obstacles to Resurrection Life:
    1.) Physical Barrier
    2.) Political Barrier
    3.) Personal Barrier

    Scriptur...

  • 4/10/22 "Palm Sunday Praise" Sunday Morning Service at City of Destiny

    Join us for Church! Sunday Morning Service streaming live from City of Destiny. Start Sunday morning off right with Worship lead by the City of Desitny Church Praise Team, then Pastor Paula White-Cain shares a powerful message during the "Palm Sunday Praise" service.

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  • "Passover Teaching 2022 - Part 1" on Paula Today

    The Feast of Passover points to Christ our Passover Lamb. The Feast of Unleavened Bread points to Christ as our Bread of Life. Jesus' crucifixion is celebrated on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Resurrection Sunday, also called Easter. The Blood of the Lamb around the doorposts represents ...

  • "The Power of Prayer - 2022" on Faithfully

    Join Paula and Jon as they delve deep into the topic of Prayer. They discuss the principles of Prayer in the Christian life, a place to pray, and they explore the 8 different types of prayer.

    Episode 286-ThePowerOfPrayer-2022-INT-7K

  • "Esther 2022 - Part 1" on Paula Today

    Paula and Jon share on Esther, who is a person of obedience to God and positioned to obey His divine calling by the Holy Spirit!

    Musical Performance by Jonathan Cain, "Beautiful in Every Way," visit www.jonathancain.org

    Episode 287a-Esther-2022-P1-INT-7K

  • "Power of Vision" on Faithfully

    Has God given you a word...A Vision for 2022?
    Numbers 13:1-2, 13:26, 13:32-33, 23:19

    Episode 284-Power OfVision-2022-10K-INT

  • "Love Is In The Air" on Faithfully

    Good Relationships require Good Communication! Improving Communication: Choosing the right words will convey exactly what you mean. Empathy is a key relationship skill. God First in all of your relationships. You must develop realistic expectation together in order to have Healthy and Whole R...

  • "The Power of Fasting 2022" on Faithfully

    Join Paula and Jon as they share on the topic of Fasting. Dive deep into the principle of fasting which can reveal the Will of God in your life. The three Tools from God; Pray, Give and Fast. Joel 2:24, 26. Fasting is a physical obedience that will provide Spiritual Release in your life. Matt...

  • Oh Lord Lead Us (Official Music Video)

    This is the first single off of Jonathan Cain's next worship album.
    © 2021 All Rights Reserved
    Deeper Than Deep Music and GMR Records
    Identity Records/Fuel Music

    Recorded and Mixed at Addiction Sound Studios; Nashville, TN
    by David Kalmusky

    Videographer and Editing by Nik Tizekker

    Learn more...

  • "Bold In Prayer" Jonathan Cain on Faithfully

    This clip was taken from the TV show "Faithfully" hosted by Paula White Cain and Jonathan Cain produced by Paula White Ministries.

  • "ACRES OF DIAMONDS Video" Jonathan Cain and special guest Brianna Alomar

    Enjoy and check out the new "Acres of Diamonds" Lyrical music video of Jonathan Cain. Moving visuals and lyrics with special guest vocalist, Brianna Alomar.

  • "First Fruits 2022 - Part 3" on Paula Today

    God claims the FIRST of ALL THINGS! It rightfully belongs to Him. When we apply the Principle of First Fruits, we see that all firsts should be given to the Lord: the first of the day, week (Sabbath), month, and the first of our harvest. It is a principle…

    Episode 281c-FirstFruits-Teach-2022-...

  • "First Fruits 2022 - Part 2" on Paula Today

    What you do first will determine what will happen to the rest. Stay tuned to find out about the principle of first-fruits.

    Episode 281b-FirstFruits-P1-INT-7K

  • "First Fruits 2022 - Part 1" on Paula Today

    What happens when a person puts God first? All things according to His will, will be added to them. Today join Paula and Jon to learn about God's principle of firsts!

    Episode 281a-FirstFruits-P2-INT-5K

  • "Better Together - Part 3" on Paula Today

    Relationships are the currency of the Kingdom because we are truly better together! We are going to explore how we have healthy relationships and what God has to say about today!

    Episode 275c-BetterTogether-P3-INT-5K

  • "Better Together - Part 2" on Paula Today

    When we are connected, we are better together! That's where we do greater things for God and for His Kingdom. Connection matters!

    Episode 275b-BetterTogether-2021-P2-INT-5K

  • "Courage in Crisis" on Paula Today

    Many are feeling frustrated because often they don't know who they are or how to function how God has called them. You were called to lead in crisis, you are getting your courage back today on Paula Today!

    Episode 278-Courage-in-Crises-INTERNET-5K

  • "Wonder of Wonders" Christmas Concert with Jonathan Cain at City of Destiny

    Join us Wednesday December 22nd at 7p.m. for a very special "Wonder of Wonders" Christmas Concert service - special performance by Jonathan Cain with orchestra, Santa's workshop for children under 10, toys for all children, hot chocolate, cider and coffee, and family portraits! ENJOY WITH THE WHO...

  • UNLEASHED Conference 2021 Friday 10am Morning Session - Prophet Gideon Danso

    The First Morning Session of the UNLEASHED Conference 2021, Friday 10:00AM ET
    Worship led by Jonathan Cain and the City of Destiny Praise Team
    Speaker: Prophet Gideon Danso

  • UNLEASHED Conference 2021 Thursday 7pm Opening Session - Pr. Jentezen Franklin

    The First Evening Session of the UNLEASHED Conference 2021, Thursday 7:00PM ET
    Worship led by Jonathan Cain and the City of Destiny Praise Team
    Extended Worship led by Rick Pino and Band
    Speaker: Pastor Jentezen Franklin

  • "Kingdom of God 2021 - Part 3" on Faithfully

    When we say or hear the 'Kingdom of God', that literally means the rulership of God; which is the extension of God in the earth. What does that have to do with you?

    Episode 258c-KingdomOfGod-P3-INT-5K

  • "Kingdom of God 2021 - Part 2" on Faithfully

    What did Jesus really mean by 'thy Kingdom come?' Get ready as Jon and Paula discuss the Kingdom of God!

    Episode 258b-KingdomOfGod-P2-INT-5K

  • "Kingdom of God 2021 - Part 1" on Faithfully

    What is the Kingdom of God? Without that understanding you don't know the main message Jesus brought. This message of Kingdom is going to give you principles to help you understand how to succeed in your family, finances, faith, and purpose...get ready!

    Episode 258a-KingdomOfGod-P1-INT-5K