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Jonathan McReynolds – ‘Life Music, Stage 2’ album review
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"Gotta Have You"

Jonathan McReynolds – ‘Life Music, Stage 2’ album review

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In the three year period since Jonathan McReynolds dropped his debut Life Music, the gifted newcomer scored both Dove and Stellar Award nominations, plus lit up stages as diverse as the BET Celebration of Gospel, Austin’s South By Southwest Festival and New Orleans’ Essence Festival. On this sequel of sorts, the singer/songwriter continues his appeal to both the church and world at large, gathering an all-star pool of guests (Israel Houghton, Derek Minor, India.Arie, Warryn Campbell and many more) who further enhance a rhythmic gumbo spanning contemporary gospel, radio-ready R&B, soulful ballads and straight up pop. But perhaps even more enticing than the contagious sonic spread is the concept behind this ambitious collection, which is “written from the perspective of a guy looking for God in a social media-distracting generation.” Not only do songs such as “Gotta Have You,” “Whole,” “Pressure” and “Full Attention” engage amidst millions of other musical choices right now, but they bring a much needed dose of unswerving spiritual substance to anyone searching for something deeper.

 

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Andy Argyrakis
Contributing Editor

Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, MTV.com and Vibe.com. He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).