It’s rare these days to find a young artist who puts everything on the table...one who puts his whole heart into his music and passionately sings of his love for Jesus Christ. McReynolds is that rare find, who at 26 years old is on his way to becoming one of the most fascinating gospel / Christian contemporary music (CCM) artists of his time. With his exceptional songwriting, incredible voice, his compelling debut album “Life Music” and his Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award nominated sophomore album "Life Music: Stage Two" there is absolutely no stopping Jonathan’s tremendous talent and natural star quality. Kirk Franklin has dubbed him "the future of gospel music."
Jonathan burst into the scene in 2012 with the album "Life Music" led by his worshipful and catchy lead single "I Love You". "No Gray" and "Loving Me" had been fan favorites since he began but in the next few years the songs and the artist who sang them would get international exposure and acclaim. His buzzworthy performances on BET Celebration of Gospel with India.Arie, Essence Fest (2014, 2015), 106 & Park, Stellar Awards (2014, 2015), and several other incredible platforms earned him a spot as one of the leaders of the next generation of gospel and inspirational music.
His first album "Life Music" was received well, debuting at #3 on Billboard, earning kudos from India.Arie, Cece Winans, and several artists across the genre and music at large. The legendary Marvin Winans even confidently remarked that "because of Jonathan McReynolds, I know gospel [music] will be alright."
His next album "Life Music: Stage Two" went on to do even better. Being recognized by Stevie Wonder, Tori Kelly, Lalah Hathaway and stars across music and pop culture, this album was GRAMMY nominated for "Best Gospel Album." Performing monster shows as far as Norway, England and Trinidad, it is certain that this unique, thought-provoking, message driven music that God gave Jonathan is affecting hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
According to Jonathan, "Life Music" is everything he’s truly about. “The album is about being authentic, genuine, pure and transparent. That’s who I try to be as a person,” he says. “I’m direct, I’m blunt. I’m not given to church clichés or 'Christian-ese'. It’s all about living a life that is worship, as opposed to just relegating it to one day—Sunday worship. Life Music is about encouraging people to live their whole lives, as hard as it is sometimes, working on living their lives for God. That’s what my struggle is about and it’s what my message of encouragement is as well. I was able to write, produce, play 85 percent of the instruments and I saw the songs literally from the ground up. It’s like my heart put out on a CD and I hope people hear and understand that it literally comes from heart.”
The Christian music industry now has a young, impressive, multi-talented artist who is not afraid to open up his heart and soul and honestly sing about the ebb and flow of living in Christ. “I feel like God knows who I am. He knows my strengths and weaknesses and he wanted me to do this. What humbles me is that I know this is what God wants to do in this season of my life,” Jonathan says. “I see how it’s affecting other people. I see how it affects youth. I see how it affects young black men like me. He’s giving me the opportunity to shine, to point people to Him."