Jonathan Cain Is Happy to Have Journeyed to Nashville
Jonathan Cain has had his share of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Famous for his longtime role as keyboardist for the band Journey (he also penned their classic hit, 'Faithfully'), Jonathan has now gone a little bit country, calling Nashville his home.
"It's a great town. It's a family area," the Chicago native tells The Boot of his new home in Music City. "I started writing here in 2000 with some of the guys. My daughter Madison is an aspiring country artist, and she's been doing demos here since she was 13. We fell in love with the town over the last four or five years. We got tired of the California rat race. So it's good to be one of the Volunteers."
Jonathan began making trips to Nashville more than 40 years ago, and has written songs for several of country's biggest acts, including Kenny Rogers, Lorrie Morgan, Conway Twitty, Collin Raye and the Oak Ridge Boys. But the Grammy-nominated songwriter says that, thanks to a couple of local superstars less than half his age, he is more inspired than ever to create his own niche in country music. "It's a little more mainstream with a little more pop," he notes. "But it's nice to see these crossover singles. You have Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift branching out as females and getting it to pop radio. It's great. That's gonna advance and broaden the whole genre. Nashville has to lead."
In addition to recording more than a dozen projects with Journey, Jonathan also recorded two albums with the band Bad English, and released several albums on his own. He continues to tour with Journey, planning several tour dates in 2011.