29 years old.
22 years believing.
8 years touring.
5 years teaching. 
3 albums. 1 EP.
2 Billboard #1 albums.
1 Billboard #1 song.
1 Grammy nod. 
7 Stellar nominations.
7 Dove nominations.
1 Dove win.

What was born in his dorm room in the presence of a few friends has graduated to Christian music’s biggest stage picking up fans like Stevie Wonder, Lalah Hathaway, Kirk Franklin, Cece Winans, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and Tori Kelly along the way. And Jonathan, now 29, did it with an incredible voice and a beautifully honest approach to songwriting.

His latest full-length album Make Room debuted #1 on Billboard Gospel and garnered a historic 1.3 million streams in the first week. It has been hailed as his best work, earning eight Stellars and two Grammy nominations "Not Lucky, I'm Loved", from this album, gave Jonathan his first #1 song on Billboard in September 2018. His second album Life Music: Stage Two features another superstar fan in India.Arie and remained #1 on the Billboard Gospel chart for 4 weeks. It then went on to grab a Grammy nomination, multiple Stellar nominations and a Dove Award win. He brought on yet another popular talent, Tweet, on his latest EP “Sessions.” This unannounced, surprise release reached the top of the iTunes Christian chart in one night.

According to the Chicago native, Life Music is everything he’s truly about. “My albums are about being authentic and 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 a fan of church clichés and 'Christian-ese'. Life Music is concerned with showing others and reminding myself how the Faith doesn’t just fit every part of life, but should frame every part of life.”

In May 2015, Jonathan attained his Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Moody Theological Seminary. He had previously  His contribution to society outside of music is important to him as well. With that, he is an adjunct instructor at his alma mater Columbia College, an official contributor to Huffington Post and the founder of Elihu Nation, a nonprofit organization that promotes wisdom and has awarded $30k in scholarships. He was recently named a new member of Mensa, an international high IQ society, as well.

In March 2018, he broke major ground for gospel, when his one hour TV special aired multiple times on TV One. In June 2019, Jonathan will co-star as a judge with Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price and Erica Campbell, on Season 9 of BET's Sunday Best. He was also the first in his genre to form a major partnership with Tidal. His appeal stretches across generational, cultural, and musical lines. It is shown in the buzzworthy performances that have marked his last four years including Black Music Honors (2018), BET Celebration of Gospel (2014, 2016) Essence Fest (2014, 2015), 106 & Park, Stellar Awards (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019), Joyful Noise, Revolt TV Live, and the Dove Awards (twice). In addition to headlining monster shows as far as Oslo, London, and Port-of-Spain, Jonathan headlined two sold out American tours (33 cities) and has toured with India Arie and Lalah Hathaway. 
  1. Justin Bieber
    Justin Bieber
    "[Cycles] really helped me today."
  2. Kirk Franklin
    Kirk Franklin
    "He is ​the future of gospel music, ​the freshest songwriter I've heard in years."
  3. Stevie Wonder
    Stevie Wonder
    "When I hear you singing the way you sing, talking about the things you talk about it, it's such a blessing."
  4. Nicki Minaj
    Nicki Minaj
    "I fell in love with Jonathan McReynolds's [music]."
  5. India.Arie
    "We need him on the planet."
  6. Cece Winans
    Cece Winans
    "Jonathan is one of the best artists I've ever heard in life."