A member of the band Journey was spotted chatting with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the White House on Thursday.
Journeyman Jonathan Cain serves as keyboardist for the band and can boast that he co-wrote the 1981 mega-hit for which Journey is most remembered, “Don’t Stop Believin.” The band has enjoyed a lengthy tenure performing, hiring their third lead singer Arnel Pineda in 2007 after going through legends Steve Perry and Steve Augeri.
Cain was an intimate part of the hiring process, and responded to racist reactions amongst Journey fans to Pineda’s Filipino heritage by saying, “We’ve become a world band. We’re international now. We’re not about one color.”
Sanders wouldn’t comment on Cain’s visit, but his wife, Paula White, has reportedly served as President Trump’s longtime religious adviser.
The 67-year-old Cain isn’t the only member of Journey with a White House connection, as lead guitarist Neal Schon’s wife, former “Real Housewives of D.C.” star Michaele Salahi, crashed a White House state dinner back in 2009.
Joining the band in 1980, after then-keyboardist Gregg Rolie left, Cain has since been a steadying presence throughout Journey’s reshuffling of band members. In 2015, the band’s drummer, Deen Castronovo, was indicted for assault in Marion County, Florida, prompting the re-hiring of the band’s original drummer Steve Smith in 2016.
The subsequent tour saw a reunion of Journey’s most successful composition of talent from the early 80s, aside from singer Steve Perry, when they released their most popular album, “Escape,” which has since gone 9 times platinum.
It would seem the least Cain could do is throw the first family an impromptu concert.
— Jillian Hughes (@JillianBHughes) July 27, 2017
Members of the band Journey were just spotted in the White House briefing room. That is all.
— margaret brennan (@margbrennan) July 27, 2017
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