Although L.J. Reynolds is best known for his robust lead vocals on such classics by the Dramatics as “Fell For You”, “Door Your Heart”, “Me and Mrs. Jones”, and as a solo artist “Key To The World” and a rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Call Me”, the Saginaw, Michigan (Detroit) native also made a number of distinguished recordings as a gospel artist (the Winans’ “Tomorrow”), the latest being THE MESSAGE on Crystal Rose Records.
Recorded in Detroit, the album features six tracks produced by Reynolds himself and co-produced by musician (keyboards), songwriter, arranger/ producer, Michael Mindingall (Jennifer Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Dorinda Clark Cole). They include the hand-clapping “Shout” that features Reynolds family members handling background vocals, a spirit re-enforcing “You Can Make It”, the worshipful “Sunday”, “Jesus Cares”, “Never Get Too Busy”, and “There’s A Message In This Song”. “A Set Time” (as a tribute to “God’s Special Gift” Kayla Parker) and “So Good” were produced by Grammy winning hitmaker, Michael J. Powell (Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Yolanda Adams, the Winans, Tyrese, etc.), with the latter track co-produced by Curtiss Boone (Wendy Moten, Aretha Franklin). To top off the great team of producers, Grammy and Stellar Award winning producer, Sanchez Harley (Kirk Franklin, Shirley Caesar, The Mighty Clouds of Joy), contributed a memorable remake of the Thomas A. Whitfield classic “We Need A Word From The Lord”. There is a special “Word” moment in the middle of the CD entitled “A Spoken Word” eloquently delivered by Pastor Don Wiggins. To borrow a brief quote from Pastor Don Wiggins, “God has chosen to use the spirit of L.J. Reynolds to advance the Kingdom for this Season”.
At the age of five Reynolds began performing as a member of Ziggy Johnson’s High Steppers. A tap dancer, young Reynolds was the only boy among 30 girls who comprised the children’s dance troupe, a popular attraction in Michigan and throughout Canada. Then, one day, producer Johnson asked him to sing a number in the show. “People started throwing money on the stage when I started singing,” Reynolds recalls, “so I figured I better stick to singing”.
Crystal Rose’s tracks