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Gospel Singer Jonathan McReynolds Talks Growing Up
Through the years, Chicago has been called our nation’s “Murder Capital,” with a 2012 total of more than 500
homicides, surpassing New York City's numbers. But particularly high crime rates in urban communities, often
linked to fatherlessness, can be averted through mentoring, so say experts.
One such success story is Dove and Stellar Award-nominated gospel recording artist, Jonathan McReynolds,
24, who is speaking out about growing up without a father in Chi-Town, but having mentors to help guide his
"I had a lot of great male figures that God planted in my life," McReynolds said in a recent interview with CBN
from his home church, New Original Church of God in Christ. "I was still able to look up to my pastor and some
godfathers and some uncles as that father, together collectively."
Behind his sultry voice, beautifully honest songs and musical skill, the "I Love You" singer's story is not unlike
millions of other black boys.
According to a 2010 study, 72 percent of black children are born to unwed mothers. Growing numbers of them
are altogether missing in action.
"I remember there were times when my cousin, we would talk and she would go like, 'Where is your dad?' And I
was like, 'I don't know. I don't have one,'" he explained.
But McReynolds’ all too familiar plight did not bring him down, because, according to him, God stepped in and
filled the void.
"I don't feel that emptiness, and you know now I look back on it and I realize that it was nobody but God being
the father to the fatherless as He promised He would be.”
Watch McReynolds share in his own words below:
MARCH 6, 2014
Article By TJ White:: EEW Magazine News