Cain

Spend five minutes with the members of CAIN and you’ll feel like you’ve spent the
afternoon in the sunshine. The band’s effervescent joy spills over onto each person
they meet, their bright smiles as contagious as their chill-inducing harmonies. Pouring
their perpetual joy into their debut album, 2021’s Rise Up, CAIN - made up of siblings
Madison Cain Johnson, Taylor Cain Matz, and Logan Cain - has discovered what it’s
like to live their calling while doing their favorite thing, singing about Jesus.
Making it to their Rise Up debut didn’t come easily or quickly. Raised in Alabama the
kids of pastors, CAIN developed a love for music from an early age. By elementary
school, they were integrated into the church service, playing and singing side-by-side,
but never pursued music in a serious way. When a college friend alerted them to a
contest hosted by Dave Barnes, the prize an opening slot at the Workplay Theater in
Birmingham, they quickly worked up a cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and shot a video. Over
an eight-week period, the trio kept advancing to the next round, entering more cover songs and videos, until they finally won.
“We found out we had to do original songs for the show,“ Taylor says with a laugh. “We didn’t have a band name, didn’t have
any merch, didn’t know how to write a song. We were totally unprepared.”
Their grandfather, who worked in country music publishing, saw their performance and offered to help them make some
connections in the industry. They’d grown up fans of both Christian and country music and jumped at the chance. For five
years, they worked hard in the country music scene, learning the art of songwriting and how to live on the road. They had
some hints of success, a song made it onto Sirius XM’s The Highway and they got the opportunity to play a CMA stage, but
nothing concrete clicked into place. After some game-changing setbacks, CAIN decided to take a break from pursuing music, a
decision that held more emotion than just a break from music. The trio grew up extremely close and the idea of being
separated was more worrisome than giving up music.
“I’d heard of people who operated that way,” Logan shares, “siblings
living far apart. But the three of us shared a room until we were old enough to not. We shared an apartment in college. We’d
never been apart.”
CAIN stayed in Nashville and plugged into their local church, joining the worship team, content for that to be their sole outlet
for music. “We were settled for the first time in a long time,” Taylor says. “We were at peace.” When a man in their church, their
now manager Ron Smith, approached them about possibly pursuing Christian music, it felt like an overwhelming possibility.
“CCM was all I knew growing up,” Logan says. “I was raised on Third Day and Steven Curtis Chapman. But when the
opportunity came up, we were afraid to start over. We’d done so much already.”
CAIN decided to follow through and holed up at Madison’s house to try and write a Christian song. Right away, it opened their
eyes to what could be. “I used to think writing Christian music would be limiting because you could only write about certain
things,” Madison says. “But really, it cracked us right open. Writing country music had limited us to what we could write
about, but now we had our whole lives to draw from.” The band wrote three new songs and, with Ron’s help, booked a couple
of meetings in town. Provident Label Group loved what they heard and offered CAIN a record deal. After signing, CAIN kept
working on their craft and by the next meeting had written “Rise Up (Lazarus),” “Yes He Can” and “The Commission,” three
songs that became the backbone of their debut album, Rise Up.
“We don’t regret what happened with country music.” Logan shares. “Every experience we went through snowballed to where
we are now. It’s all connected.” “We feel right at home in CCM,” Madison says, “like being at church camp with your best
friends. We love our record label. This joy you see is real.” “That can go on the record,” Taylor says. “We love our label.”
After signing with Provident, the band was able to pour their heart and soul into making the kind of music they’d always
wanted to make. CAIN’s signature harmony-based, country-laced melodies are energetic joy-bombs. Even on ballads like “The
Commission,” a song the band calls a country song about Jesus and whose video made its world premiere with Fathom Events’
“The Chosen” Christmas movie, CAIN’s current ecstatic love for Jesus bleeds through. Rise Up is a loud shout of thankfulness,
a banner-waving hope, a windows-down blast of fresh air. The songs aren’t forced platitudes or formulaic Christianese but
genuine, from-the-heart happiness lived by the band. When asked where all that joy comes from, all three siblings light up like
sunbeams. “We’re not using happiness as wallpaper to cover the hole in the wall,” Logan says. “We’re saying if you’re not
happy now, there’s happiness on the way.”
“Rise Up (Lazarus),” the band’s first single, went No.1 at Christian radio for multiple weeks and also won the 2021 K-LOVE Fan
Award for “Breakout Single of the Year” for good reason. Its country-leaning, worship-fueled, family-magic-harmonies have
the listener singing along halfway through the first chorus. “There’s a freedom that’s been made available to us,” Logan shares,
“but we have to choose to walk in it. The voice of Jesus calls us like Lazarus from the grave.” The response to the song has
been, according to the band, the most fulfilling thing they’ve experienced since doing music full-time. “People taking
ownership of this song, hearing stories of true miracles, it’s my favorite thing about music and my life to this point,” he says.
Their second single also hit No. 1 for numerous weeks, “Yes He Can,” a smile in a pop song and might be the truest to who CAIN
is, both as a band and individuals. It’s a full-flung belief in a God who’s done it and can do it again, a yes to everything the
band has been through and everything they hope to accomplish. The music video, conceptualized and styled by the band, is
the song brought to life, cheering on people in everyday situations who need encouragement to take the next step. It’s perhaps
the overarching theme for CAIN - bright belief in a God who can do anything for you, who wants to do it, who has done it.
“Mountains come in all types of sizes,” Logan says. “God still cares about your mountain no matter how big or small it is.”
For Madison, Taylor, and Logan, finding deep-down joy has transformed their life, covering them in a constant blessing. Even
launching their career during the pandemic couldn’t dampen their spirits, as told in their song “I’m So Blessed.” “We had eighty
shows canceled in 2020,” Madison says, “and it became kind of sarcastic – I’m so blessed. But for us, we say it in faith. You
don’t have to be having the best day of your life to be blessed.”
Fast forward to the end of their 2021 with more than 100 million music streams and being named by Billboard, BDS, and
Mediabase as the Most Played Artist on Christian radio. Also, add American Music Award (Favorite Inspirational Artist) and
GMA Dove Award (Best New Artist) nominations along with their K-LOVE Fan Award win. And with the release of their
first-ever Christmas EP Wonderful, which offers duets with industry legends Steven Curtis Chapman and Mac Powell, the
project also made American Songwriter’s “not to miss” top 15 holiday albums for the season.
With touring back in full swing, CAIN has been loving the numerous opportunities to share their songs live. Sharing the stage
with the likes of Zach Williams, We The Kingdom, and Casting Crowns, they’ll join TobyMac’s 2022 Hits Deep Tour followed
by a spring run with Matthew West. Hitting the festival season next summer, they’ll close their 2022 with Casting Crowns and
Anne Wilson on a nationwide tour.
Hearing their songs live, in the car or at home, listeners will be blessed by the songs of CAIN - music made of hard-won hope
that radiates the kind of eternal happiness only found in the goodness of God.

Source : Wikipedia

Top Tracks

Rise Up (Lazarus) 1

Rise Up (Lazarus)

I'm So Blessed 2

I'm So Blessed

Yes He Can 3

Yes He Can

RVN the MOON 4

RVN the MOON

The Commission 5

The Commission

There Was Jesus 6

There Was Jesus

Come Forth 7

Come Forth

I'm So Blessed - Best Day Remix 8

I'm So Blessed - Best Day Remix

Gecko 9

Gecko

Wonderful (feat. Steven Curtis Chapman) 10

Wonderful (feat. Steven Curtis Chapman)

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CRISIS CORE
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CAIN - EP
CAIN - EP
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, 1 year ago
This is one of my FAVORITE songs ever!!