"The Human and the Christian fight for our attention, energy, perspective and understanding. The soul is a war zone. I just thought maybe we needed to talk about some of the craziness that happens between our humanity and our faith."
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, Nicky Minaj and Tori Kelly along the way. And Jonathan, now 27, did it with an incredible voice and a beautifully honest approach to songwriting. His latest full-length 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.
In May 2015, Jonathan attained his Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Moody Theological Seminary. 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 recently awarded $9k in scholarships. And in between all of that, he wanted to start this brand new blog based on his 2016-7 Life Room Tour.
His appeal stretches across generational, cultural, and musical lines. It is shown in the buzzworthy performances that have marked his last four years including BET Celebration of Gospel with India.Arie, Essence Fest (2014, 2015), 106 & Park, Stellar Awards (2014, 2015), Joyful Noise, Revolt TV Live, and the Dove Awards. In addition to headlining monster shows as far as Oslo, London, and Port-of-Spain, Jonathan has toured with India Arie and Lalah Hathaway. This year he joined a lineup of gospel music’s elite on the national McDonald’s Inspiration Gospel Tour and threw his own Life Room living room tour. With Anthony Brown and Travis Greene, Jonathan will begin a national LiveNation arena tour at the top of 2017, the first of its size with this generation of gospel artists.