Grammy-nominated gospel singer Jonathan McReynolds, who has a successful Billboard chart-topping career in Christian music, recently released 10 reasons why people should not join the gospel music industry.
At 28, McReynolds already has a well-established career in the music industry along with a part-time job as a college professor at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. He took to his blog this week to address all the people that continue to message him about their own aspirations of getting into the gospel music industry.
“The quality, integrity and potency of gospel music is not affected by the top pop artist or the state of hip hop. It is entirely based on the people that make up the gospel music industry itself. We aren’t tainted by things external, only by things internal–not by what comes in, but what is put back out (Matthew 15),” he wrote, prefacing the article before listing “10 Reasons Not to Be A Gospel Artist.”
The “Not Lucky, I’m Loved” singer explained that he wrote the article because he wanted to make sure people understand the realities that come with being a gospel singer.
“I am certainly not complaining about this amazing life and career God gave me, but I write this, because these ten things will discourage you, expose you, waste your energy and money if you are not called to this,” he wrote.
Among the 10 points, McReynolds listed several realities he’s encountered, such as: “Not a lot of money in it,” and “It is slow to change and embrace new things.”
“It is small,” he also pointed out. “If you are looking for incredibly large audiences, gospel is not the surest way to do it.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post