Jonathan Cain Shares 'Kingdom Come Down' From New Faith-Based Album: Premiere
With Journey planning a relatively light 2019, Jonathan Cain is keeping the faith with his latest solo album More Like Jesus, whose "Kingdom Come Down" is premiering exclusively below.
"I'm just very prolific when it comes to music for God," Cain tells Billboard. The "Don't Stop Believin'" (and many more) co-writer embraced faith-based music with 2016's What God Wants To Hear and released a Christmas album, Unsung Noel, the following year. "These days that's what I'm writing, and I'm having a blast with it. I'm recording in my new studio and I get to play with the A-list players in Nashville, 'cause they're happy to get away from country for a minute. I'm just writing all the time, y'know -- for Journey, too, but this thing with worship music is really fun. It's another gig that I don't get burned out on, and I have a lot of energy I can offer when I come back to Journey."
And Cain feels More Like Jesus shows off even more growth as a solo artist, particular as a lead singer. "I listen to myself two years ago and it doesn't even sound like the same guy," he notes. "I don't have that sort of crazy rock range, but my range is increasing and I’m getting stronger as a singer and it's fun to sort of try different things."
Like other tracks on More Like Jesus -- which comes out May 3 -- "Kingdom Come Down" is "a true worship song" and was inspired by sermon delivered by his wife, pastor and presidential evangelical adviser Paula White. "It's sort of like a calling, if you will, for an atmosphere, so that we can be blessed with a spirit in our house and that spirit can come down upon us," Cain explains. "We're calling upon a Holy Spirit presence. We're in church in one purpose and that is to praise God and cherish the presence of the Lord." Cain is also happy that the song "has a nice rock edge to it, and it really plays well live."
Cain will be playing select worship shows around and in support of More Like Jesus, and he's already four songs into his next solo album. He's also doing some writing for a hoped-for new Journey album, while the group will only be playing select shows during the fall in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. "Then in 2020 we'll go back on the road again," Cain says. "We've been riding the horse a lot. That was a big tour last year with Def Leppard, right? So having a break's been good. I've been playing golf again." He's also pleased his bandmates aren't staying idle, including guitarist Neal Schon's Journey Through Time side project with Cain's Journey predecessor Gregg Rolie. "It's really cool," Cain says. "That's his music, so he should be able to do it, and I think the fans really dug it."
Cain was also happy to see former Journey frontman Steve Perry resurface during 2018 with his Traces album, recently re-released in a deluxe edition. "I thought it was really great to hear him singing again and writing again and back in the spotlight," Cain says. "I'm really happy for him. I think there's a lot more to come from him, too."'
More Like Jesus Track List:
2) More Like Jesus
3) Now Unto Him
4) Tell Your Mountain
5) Kingdom Come Down
6) Love Carries The Cross
7) Beautiful In Every Way
8) Only In The Arms
11) Already Victorious
12) Take These Ashes
13) Better Man
14) Remove Every Veil
15) For He Has Risen