Comparable to Pat Benatar, Tané Cain is an expressive pop-rock vocalist who should have hit big in the 1980s but never enjoyed the commercial success she deserved. Those who heard Cain in the 1980s compared her to Benatar more than anyone, although she denied sounding anything like Benatar and insisted that her main influence was Grace Slick. The singer was born and raised in Hawaii, where she sang with a Latin jazz band called Sweet Honesty for a few years before moving to San Francisco in the late 1970s. It was in the Bay Area that she met and married Jonathan Cain, who played keyboards with the Babys from 1976-1981 and joined Journey in 1981. Tané Cain moved to L.A. with him, and she was 24 when, in 1982, she signed with RCA and recorded her self-titled debut album, which her husband produced with Keith Olsen and did a lot of writing for. Two singles were released, "Danger Zone" and "Holdin' On," and the LP had the makings of an AOR smash. But surprisingly, Tané Cain didn't sell. The singer was dropped by RCA and never recorded a second solo album, although she continued to play the L.A. club scene into the 1990s.
by Alex Henderson