Journey‘s Jonathan Cain comes out today (October 13) with his second solo album — this time a seasonal effort.
Cain’s “Unsung Noel” features 10 original holiday songs along with his versions of favorites “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “Oh Holy Night” (his mother’s favorite song), “Do You Hear What I Hear” and Matt Redman’s “Light Of The World.”
His 2016 solo album, “What God Wants To Hear,” was Cain’s first foray into Christian music, although he tells us that Journey considered a Christmas album at various points: “We did. Neal (Schon) and I actually released…we had a version of ‘Joy to the World,’ that he played guitar on and that I arranged in my studio, all these synths and strings and stuff and pretty beautiful. There’s a version of that…So we were playing around with it, but I don’t think we had ever got to that place, where we were going to do something. Steve (Perry) had kind of hinted around at it, but you have to get serious. You can’t just say ‘We’re gonna do one!’ and not do it. Leading praise and worship was a whole new level for me to go to, and explore, so I felt like I was exploring something different.”
Cain — whose wife, Paula White, is on President Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory council and operates a church in Florida — is considering a Facebook concert to promote the album. He’s also planning to publish a memoir during 2018.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.