From Switzerland to Los Angeles, the prison to the pulpit and beyond, “your music is like a breath of fresh air” is what audiences across the globe are saying of eOne Music recording artist, Jonathan McReynolds, every time he takes the stage. Music Industry Superstars including Stevie Wonder, Kirk Franklin, India Arie, Nicki Minaj, CeCe Winans and more all agree, McReynolds is one to watch! The plea from all who hear him is ‘we hope you never change.’
The South Side of Chicago native plans on staying true to who he is. “The three things I ride on are transparency, purity, and genuineness” says McReynolds. That’s what my life has been built on, that’s what my music is about. McReynolds’ 2012 debut release, Life Music, took the industry by storm, shooting to the top of the iTunes Christian and Billboard Gospel Charts at number 1 and number 3, respectively.
“I was in college when I wrote Life Music. Somehow since then, I’ve gotten a little more notoriety, and with that came more responsibility, and certainly a lot more critics. My new songs are going to sound a bit different in this stage of life because what I need God for and what I lean on God for has changed. That’s the progression that people will hear in my new music. My approach to writing music hasn’t changed at all though. I’m very transparent and very particular about my lyrics. To me, it’s all about the message. My new music might even be more transparent than my debut album. I believe in the essence of honesty.”
McReynolds is on a mission to show the world that Christians are in more places than people think, and that they are ready to maintain their commitment to represent God wherever they are. “The theme of my life has been to maintain, that’s the motivation,” says McReynolds. “Maintain your identity, your confidence, your faith… it’s about keeping that zeal you have when you walk out of church on Sunday morning, throughout the week, wherever the week takes you. It’s still Life Music; it’s still about watching God do things and keep you through life. After you have decided to live “No Gray” how are you going to do it? How are you going to maintain what you set out to do? That is what this next album is all about.”
The sophomore release from Jonathan McReynolds is due in stores, September 2015.