( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) Jonathan McReynolds “My Truth” Is A Declaration to The Love for God and Oneself
ENSPIRE Contributor: Jacara Watkins
Grammy-winning Gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds released his new album titled “My Truth” on February 17, 2023, with a tracklist of twelve songs. At a recent private screening in NYC, Jonathan discuss the meaning behind “My Truth” as it being someone’s desire, and wishes to they want to fulfill, stating “My Truth is I’m a child of God, I’m a son of God, He loves me, he’s proud of me, he appreciates me like I was one of his favorite paintings on the wall. It has nothing to do with performance, good grades, salaries, or followers.” Not only does this give listeners insight into the album but about focusing on the love and faith of God and not materialistic things like money or social following as the reason for your path.
Jonathan talked about how it is important to stay true to one’s self, stay on the path of righteousness, and not deviate from it. As his career progresses, the further away he is from his values, and doesn’t want to go astray but keeps and instills the beliefs without losing himself as quoted “Let’s go back to the basics. If I let it, all this stuff can pull me away from God. Remind yourself who you are, who I am,” says the Lord. Stop trying to work off the pedestal they gave you and work from the foundation that I gave you.” Since his debut album “Life Music,” Jonathan has remained himself without trying to change into a different persona but genuine as he defines himself as more than a Gospel artist and not fitting into cliches. He believes it is important for artists to understand their values and not for the Black church community to place limitations on their creativity but to give autonomy and expression that can inspire, be relatable, and become an impact on listeners.
Here is the tracklist for “My Truth”:
- Your World
- Able (feat. Marvin Winans)
- All Along
- First Always
- For Myself
- All Truth
- My Truth
- Your Welcome(Adulting Remix)
Jonathan McReynolds grew up in Chicago, Illinois to a single mother. He was introduced to musical instruments at 8 years old, playing the piano. By the time he was 18 years old, he played the guitar and drums, knowledgeable of the instruments but yet to be vocally trained. Finding inspiration from Gospel artists like Israel Houghton and Kim Burrell, he used his voice for his congregation, to serve the Lord. He continued his education, getting a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Popular music at Columbia College, allowing him to cultivate his craft while studying the production and business side of the entertainment business. During his junior year, he worked on a few songs and created a CD called “The Very Unofficial EP”, gave it to his family and friends, and posted it on Facebook which received a lot of buzz online. His song was picked up on a local radio station and was soon signed to Light Records. In 2014, he performed with artists like India Arie on BET’s Celebration of Gospel and won the Dove Award for Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year twice and receive a Grammy Award nomination for Best Gospel Album and top Billboard’s Gossip Chart
Aside from his accomplishments, he is also the founder of Elihu Nation, a non-profit organization where he provides scholarships to those in need and exposes the new generation to the wisdom of God. Johnathan is starting with an upcoming tour of “My Truth” in April. Prices are available on Ticketmaster. Listen to “My Truth” on Apple Music, YouTube Music, and Spotify.