WATCH: Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music Deliver Holiday-Themed Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

An unapologetic expression of faith and gratefulness is paired with festive lighting, poinsettias and ornaments in this holiday Tiny Desk (home) concert from Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music.

Both musicians are prominent in the latest generation of contemporary gospel and inspirational artists, incorporating secular sounds and outreach as an entry point into the “good news” of gospel music. They each follow in the footsteps of Kirk Franklin (and of Edwin and Walter Hawkins before him). Individually, McReynolds and Mali Music’s output showcases a marriage of motivating messages and faith, with music that younger audiences are more attuned to. The duo came together last year to release “Movin’ On,” which yielded “good news” of its own in the form of a Grammy award, followed by a nomination this year for their EP Jonny x Mali: Live in LA. Given how effortlessly they trade-off during this Tiny Desk performance, I can see a Christmas album in their future.

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SOURCE: NPR, Mitra I. Arthur

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