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Jonathan McReynolds Lands Lead Role in New BET+ Original Movie

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You heard it right! BET+ launched new Original Movie “Favorite Son” which happens to feature Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Jonathan McReynolds. He isn’t just making an appearance in this film. McReynolds has a leading role!

“Favorite Son” which is scheduled to release on May 6th, is a story about Twin brothers in a gospel group who are struggling to find balance of life, love, faith, and religion while under the strict rule of their father, a megachurch Reverend. Watch the trailer below to get a sneak peek into how many twists and turns this story just might take and to get glimpse of Jonathan’s acting skills.

This BET+ Original Movie is based on the book by Tiffany L Warren. In addition to Jonathan McReynolds, this film features Rotimi, E Roger Mitchell, Keke Wyatt, Sereyah Loren Lott, Lisa Arrindell, Singer/Songwriter Anthony Evans, and is directed by Robin Givens who also makes an appearance in the film.

Patricia Cuffie-Jones (“Love the One Your With”) adapted the story for the screen, while Eric Tomosunas, Ron Robinson and Keith Neal for Swirl Films, Devin Griffin and Maureen Guthman for BET Plus, and Rotimi serve as executive producers. “Favorite Son” was produced by Swirl Films, known for its “Saints & Sinners” series, among other projects.

“Favorite Son” begins streaming in May ONLY on BET+. Don’t miss it.Stream Black Culture with BET+. Kick back and enjoy movies, TV series, exclusive originals and the best of Tyler Perry. Sign up for BET+ ►► http://bit.ly/betplus

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Jonathan McReynolds Earns 4th Billboard #1, ‘Grace’ + Tours w/ Mali Music

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GRAMMY® and Stellar Award winner, Jonathan McReynolds, continues his reign in gospel music by adding another #1 single to his resume. The single, “Grace” (lifted from the PEOPLE EP), has earned #1 status on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart. Along with this milestone, McReynolds celebrates winning 3 Stellar Awards forMale Vocalist of the YearProducer of the Year and Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, during the 36th Stellar Gospel Music Awards telecast. Jonathan McReynolds current EP, PEOPLE, is available wherever music is sold and streamed now.

Beginning September 30, Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music will take their GRAMMY® winning collaboration on the road, embarking on a multi-city tour simply titled Jonny x Mali. Tickets are available for purchase at JonnyXMali.com.

“I told Mali at the recording, being a gospel artist is simply more fun for me when he’s around. We are the perfect odd couple of musical creativity. I love it. I draw the lines; he colors the picture. Magic and Bird love. A teacher and a poet. I think people will hear it and love it too,” shares Jonathan McReynolds.

The PEOPLE EP by Jonathan McReynolds boasts collaborations with Mali Music, The Walls Group and Pastor Mike Todd. It is available now everywhere that music is streamed. Impacting radio now are the singles “Grace” and “Best Thing.” The new #1 single, “Grace” marks McReynolds’ fourth #1 single preceded by “Movin’ On,” “Make Room” and “Not Lucky, I’m Loved.”

For more information on Jonathan McReynolds visit jonathanmcreynolds.com; on Facebook at Facebook.com/jmcreynoldsmusic; on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube using the handle @jonmcreynolds

For more information on Entertainment One visit EntertainmentOne.com.

JONNY X MALI – Tour Dates

  • September 30th: Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
  • October 1: Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
  • October 3rd: Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
  • October 4th: Sony Hall, New York, New York
  • October 5th: Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT
  • October 7th: Lincoln Theatre, Washington DC
  • October 10th: Chicago IL, House of Blues
  • October 13th: The Novo, Los Angeles, CA

About eOne

Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution, and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne’s expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising, and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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The Rise of Maverick City Music

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A collaborative group of worship singers come together to write and create songs to show their hearts for God and ended up making history.

Maverick City Music has reached listeners from the church to some of the biggest entertainers today. Their music has millions of listens and views on every music streaming platform and YouTube. This year they have won awards such as Billboard’s Top Gospel Album and The Stellar’s New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.

Naomi Raine

The group was originally started in 2019 to just write songs. Tony Brown, the founder of Maverick City Music, reached out to artist like Naomi Raine to come along and collaborate to write songs for artist. The singers and artist eventually were asked to sing and preform them. After releasing these songs, it turned into to something that none of them would have ever expected. Maverick ended up breaking the record for the most streams in the Christian genre in one day. When asked did they plan for it to be as big as it is Naomi expressed, “To me it was just going to be something fun that we did with friends, that no one really knew about. I couldn’t have expected what has happened with it.”

Maryanne George

“I think going into it with no expectations was probably the best thing to do because it gave room for the Lord to surprise us along the way” said Maryanne George, a Maverick City singer and worship leader. Major recording artist outside of the Christian genre have mentioned how they have been impacted by Maverick City Music. Just recently, national recording pop artist, Shawn Mendes, mentioned in an interview while talking about the power of music, that he encountered Jesus through Maverick City Music, even though he grew up having Atheistic beliefs.

Dante Bowe

“I use to think, oh we’re called to the church. Now it’s like I got to say no because God is showing us something else! The facts are the facts, like SZA is playing us in the background on her live” says Maverick City and solo singer and songwriter Dante Bowe. Maverick currently has over 2 million listeners monthly on Spotify, with their most popular song being “Promises” sung by Joe L. Barnes and Naomi Raine at almost 25 million streams.

This collective of artist has released 11 music projects over the span of 3 years and with their most recent releases this year being the albums “Old Church Basement” and “Jubilee: The Juneteenth Edition.” Some of the artist have released their own projects recently such as Joe L. Barnes’ single “Come Back Home,” Dante Bowe’s sophomore album “circles,” Naomi Raine’s “Back to Eden, Part II,” and Maverick’s joint album with Elevation Worship.

Maverick City Music will be going on tour starting this fall to cities near you. To find out more information, visit their website and follow them on social media.

Maverick City Music latest release, “Joy of the Lord”

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Aretha Franklin Biopic Trailer Details Film Ahead of Summer Release

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American recording artist Jennifer Hudson stars as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, in the new coming of age biopic premiering in theaters August 13, 2021.

The trailer showcases some of Aretha’s most well known classics that will be in the film such as “Respect,” “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel),” and “Think.” The cast includes big names in entertainment such as Oscar winning actor Forest Whitaker, comedian Marlon Wayans, and Mary J. Blige.

Jennifer Hudson expresses her gratitude for being hand-picked by Aretha herself to play this role saying “For her to choose me, I can’t even put it into words. I do not take it lightly. I just think it’s like a dream come true” in an interview with Good Morning America.

The film goes through Aretha’s life from childhood, singing in the church, to adulthood as a successful as a soul singer. Hudson went through much studying (from knowing Aretha Franklin herself) and training for this role. She learned how to play the piano, copied Aretha’s personality and mannerisms, but did not want to imitate Ms. Franklin’s singing voice, rather sing the songs in her own way.

The biopic has not yet been confirmed to be released on any streaming platforms.

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