By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain sees the humor in his life; a rock musician who leads worship services with a pastor wife.
“God has a sense of humor, being a rock star with a preacher,” Cain said via telephone from a tour stop in Texas.
But that doesn’t diminish his relationship with wife Paula White-Cain, with whom he lives in Orlando, Florida. She is well known, having delivered the benediction at the Republication National Convention this year.
“I was very proud,” said Cain of his wife of two years. “It’s the first time a woman has ever done it.”
Cain is stepping out from his home for a tour that comes to The Pool at Talking Stick Resort on Saturday, Nov. 19. He’s admittedly a little leery about the show, with bandmates singer Arnel Pineda, guitarist Neal Schon, bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith.
“As long as we don’t get wet, we’ll be fine,” he said in jest. “They just can’t throw Arnel in the pool, although he might jump in at the end. Seriously, Arnel has been a blessing. He’s such a pure soul. He loves his family. He loves God. He loves our music. He makes us better.”
The rare intimate show is important to Cain because his brother lives in the Valley.
“My younger brother has made Scottsdale his home,” said Cain, who is celebrating his 35th year with Journey. “My father and mother lived there until they passed. I moved them to Scottsdale from Chicago. I’m also friends with Danny Zelisko, who’s a philanthropist. He’s a collector of sports memorabilia and rock memorabilia. He’s really a dear friend.”
Sports and music are two hobbies or jobs that are also important to Cain, the lyricist and composer behind the unintentional sports anthem “Don’t Stop Believin’.” A fan of the Chicago Cubs, Cain was looking forward to attending a World Series game or two, events that were on his bucket list.
“I’m a Chicago guy,” Cain said during the last week of October, just as the World Series was about to start. “I doubt they’ll play ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ at Wrigley Field, though. That’s the San Francisco Giants song.
“They will play Journey now and then. It’s amazing to have our songs played at sporting events. I love it because I love sports. It’s just an honor.”
Playing music, in general, is an honor for him as well. Journey is considering working on a symphony album. In late October, Cain released a Christian solo album, “What God Wants to Hear.”
“I’ve been doing praise and worship for the last year at New Destiny Christian Center,” he said of the Apopka, Florida congregation. “My songs were ready to go and I decided to pull the trigger. It’s just in time for Christmas.
“We’re going to rock for Jesus.”
IF YOU GO
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19
Where: The Pool at Talking Stick, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale
Information:800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com