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Journey keyboardist embraces Christian music with open arms

(RNS) Jonathan Cain will release his solo Christian album, 'What God Wants to Hear,' Oct. 21 on Identity Records.

Journey keyboardist and guitarist Jonathan Cain will release a Christian rock album,

(RNS) The Journey keyboardist and guitarist who co-wrote “Don’t Stop Believin'” now is embracing Christian music with open arms.

Jonathan Cain will release his solo Christian album, “What God Wants to Hear,” Oct. 21 on Identity Records.

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“It’s my spiritual journey put into music,” Cain said in a video posted on his website.

Journey keyboardist and guitarist Jonathan Cain will release a Christian rock album, "What God Wants to Hear" on Oct. 21, 2016. Photo courtesy Jonathan Cain

Journey keyboardist and guitarist Jonathan Cain will release a Christian rock album, “What God Wants to Hear” on Oct. 21, 2016. Photo courtesy Jonathan Cain

Cain’s return to faith came after meeting his wife Paula White, the senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Orlando, Fla., and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s most prominent spiritual adviser.

As a child growing up in Chicago, Cain wanted to be a priest.

He was a third-grader at Our Lady of the Angels School when the historic 1958 fire swept through the building, according to the press release announcing the album. The fire sent children leaping from fifth-story windows and killed 92 students and three nuns. In its aftermath, Cain turned away from his childhood faith.

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Cain joined Journey as its keyboardist and rhythm guitarist in 1980 and still tours with the band. He not only co-wrote “Don’t Stop Believin,'” the most downloaded catalog track in iTunes history, but also wrote or co-wrote the band’s hits “Faithfully,” “Who’s Crying Now” and “Open Arms.”

After White asked him to lead worship on a cruise, Cain said, he learned several things: He was comfortable singing Christian music, but a lot of it wasn’t based on Scripture.

Jonathan Cain from Gary Dorsey on Vimeo.

That’s why he wrote “What God Wants to Hear,” he said.

“The Lord swiftly gave me the lyrics I needed. I didn’t know what the music was going to be, but the gist of it was ‘Let me sing what God wants to hear, let me praise what God wants to hear,'” he said in the video.

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The first single from the album, “Deeper than Deep,” is available for download with a preorder of “What God Wants to Hear” on iTunes.

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