Jon Reddick Talks Influences & Firsts: Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and New Edition
By Lindsay Williams
Worship pastor and songwriter, Jon Reddick, has a heart for the church and the songs that pour out from congregations into the world. Throughout his writing career he’s intentionally composed lyrics that speak about redemption and hope in a way that impacts cross cultural narratives of a generation hungry for healing.
Finding hope through music has long been part of Reddick’s makeup. Growing up the son of a pastor and the church pianist in Memphis, TN, music was woven into Reddick’s DNA from the start. During college, he cut his songwriting teeth writing songs for and leading a contemporary gospel group. After his college years, Reddick got into church work, leading worship for a church in Memphis and eventually making his way to Texas. In both places, Reddick leaned in to bridge-building across racial and generational lines, working to bring churches and cultures together under one faith umbrella.
“At one of my first jobs in full-time church ministry, I led this generationally diverse choir filled with people ranging from 18 years old to 70 years old. We would fuse hymns and contemporary gospel. I wanted to try and bring people together no matter what their differences were, wanted people to go to church and not just sing songs, but find something they could engage with and have a true experience. I wanted to reach across the lines.”
In addition to being a talented musician, Reddick is also a creative visual artist. In a fusion of his artistic and musical sides, one of his paintings is the single cover for his debut song, “You Keep Hope Alive.”
After years of leading worship, writing songs for the church and even touring with other artists, Reddick is now ready to pour all of his experience and passion into his own songs.
“I just want to be a conduit to help people reconcile themselves with God and each other,” Reddick says. “I want to bring people together. I consider it an honor and a privilege to get to lead people in the transparency of worship.”