Journey's Jonathan Cain Shares Faith-Based Inspiration Behind “Don't Stop Believin'”

Journey's Jonathan Cain Shares Faith-Based Inspiration Behind “Don't Stop Believin'”

In this video, a White Chair Film from I Am Second, Journey’s Jonathan Cain shares how faith-based inspiration was behind the hit song “Don’t Stop Believin’.” 

Jonathan Leonard Friga, known professionally as Jonathan Cain, was born in 1950 in Chicago, IL. He began his music career in 1965, attended the Chicago Conservatory of Music, and joined Journey in 1980, playing with the band during all of their active years since then.  

Here Jonathan describes how faith and the presence of God, even when unnoticed by him, has been a constant in his life and led him to where he is today. He says his story begins with his father. 

When he was just a child, he’d watched his dad in prayer, and he’d craved the faith that he observed in his father. But, when he asked if he could “go with [him] to Jesus,” his father told him that he’d have to find his own relationship with Jesus; he’d have to find his own way to God. 

The singer-musician-songwriter then shares two incredible events from his childhood. When he was a boy, he nearly drowned in an Arkansas lake. He was saved and brought to shore by a man nearby, but he recognized that God had really been the one to save him. 

He goes on to explain that when he was eight years old and in third grade, a horrific fire had taken the lives of 92 children and three nuns at the very school he attended. Can you imagine the trauma that would have caused?

Jonathan reports that, though grateful, he was confused about why he was saved when so many were lost. His dad believed that it was so he could do something special, and he believed that something had to do with music. 

He talks about his early days in music and about his doubts along the way. There were successes, and there were days when he struggled, but his father urged him “don’t stop believing.” 

Jonathan says that it was those wise words that led, five years later, to the 1981 song “Don’t Stop Believin’.” He attributes that song to landing Journey a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

When Jonathan’s dad passed away years later, he felt a huge loss. He felt that his encourager and his musical inspiration were gone. But, that’s when he heard his Heavenly Father’s voice—telling him that it was His voice speaking through John’s father all along! 

He then realized that it was God who had been there when he wrote “Open Arms” and “Faithfully.” It was He who inspired those words!    

Jonathan Cain writes and performs Christian and worship today. He lives in Florida with his minister wife, Paula White. And, now, he sees things much more clearly! He understands. 

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:16

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