Biography & History
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" 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 wrote and co-wrote most of the songs on the new Journey CD “Generations”. He's also produced seven 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", "Animated Movie Love Songs", Bare Bones and most recently “Where I Live” a vocal CD.
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 an 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 50 shows playing to about a half million people. He has toured with Journey since 1981 and with the newthe lineup since 2007: lead vocalist Arnel Pineda, drummer Deen Castronovo, along with founding members Neal Schon and Ross Valory. "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 tracks. All proceeds went to the school.
Jonathan Cain went back to the basics while writing “Bare Bones”, his latest instrumental. The cover of the original “Bare Bones” CD was drawn by his son Weston Cain. Jonathan knew when he saw the drawing that it would be perfect for the CD.
Jonathan 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, with his son Weston by his side. 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". Journey played at the House of Blues on Sunset that night. When tickets when on sale for the show; the show sold out in 3 minutes. All Journey members past and present (except Gregg Rolie) came to the Walk of Fame Ceremony.
Jonathan returned to Chicago on December 1, 2008 to commenorate the 50th anniversary of the Our Lady of Angels fire; in which he is a survivor. He wrote and sang "The Day They Became Angels" just for thee occasion. You can download the song and read a couple of news articles by clicking here Our Lady of Angels.
Full Name: Jonathan Leonard Cain
Birthday: February 26, 1950
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinios
Parents: Nancy and Leonard
Siblings: Tommy (Mugs) & Harold
Wife: Elizabeth Yvette Fullerton
Anniversary: February 17, 1989
Children: Madison (Oct 4,1993)
Liza & Weston (Apr 18, 1996)
Jonathan Cain Band
2005 - On January 21, 2005, Journey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star is located in front of the Musician's Institute of Technology.
2004 - Wall of Fame, East Leyden High School.
2003 - On April 25, 2003, Journey received a plaque on the Bammy Walk of Fame. Located in front of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
1999 - RIAA Diamond Award
For selling over 10 million copies of "Journey - Greatest Hits".
1998 - Journey's "When You Love a Woman"
was honored by ASCAP as one of ASCAP's
most played song for 1997.
Bay Area Music Awards
1997 - Keyboards (Journey)
1991 - Arthur Schot Award with Neal Schon
1990 - Debut Album (Bad English)
1987 - Keyboards (Journey)
1984 - Keyboards (Journey)
1983 - Keyboards (Journey)
1982 - Keyboards (Journey)
Jonathan did a show called "Travel Cafe" while he was down in
Los Angeles in 1998. We've had a lot of requests for the