Light Records/Tehillah Music Group (2012)
By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog.
What strikes you immediately upon hearing singer-songwriter-keyboardist Jonathan McReynolds for the first time is his high tenor.
Gospel music is chock-a-block with men who can loft a few above the stave but are more comfortable maintaining a tessitura a couple of lines and spaces lower. McReynolds, on the other hand, has a distinctively fresh pop-fueled tenor that seems at ease in the upper atmosphere. While not as soaring as Roger Roberts and Carl Hall, and more like pop stars Bruno Mars and James Blunt, McReynolds nevertheless catches your attention.
The singer displays his craft on Life Music, a collection of songs that, save one, he either wrote or co-wrote. Lyrically, the selections are intimate, heartfelt conversations with God, and their soundtracks are gentle, easy, and contemporary.
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