Jonathan Tekell started his music career when he found himself unable to play any music at all.
Throughout his life, creating music had been an outlet for personal expression and renewal. In high school, he excelled in music theory, and he developed friendships with the guitar and the piano. However, at the end of 2016, he was unable to play either of them after having surgery to repair torn ligaments in his wrist. During his recovery, he sought God about what to do with music, and he felt led to write the music he could no longer play. What started out as a way of self-expression developed into a way of Christ-profession. God grew Jonathan’s vision for his music as an avenue for others to find purpose, peace, and a place for praising God. After recovering from surgery, he is now able to play music again.
His debut album, entitled Love Me to Pieces, is a multi- and blended-genre exploration into Christian music, highlighting diversity with a foundation in the authentic worship of Jesus Christ. His music aims to stir a passion in people for Jesus by creating a diverse musical canvas on which a variety of listeners can paint their own life stories and be drawn to know Him personally. Love Me to Pieces features themes of rebellion, restoration, and worship through a variety of sounds and styles. His music is influenced by Acoustic Worship, Electronic Dance Music, Folk, Gospel, Rap, and Rock genres. He is accompanied by his wife, Jillian Tekell, in several of the songs on the album.
“We pray that people would meet Jesus in these songs, and that these songs would change people’s lives, because when we truly meet Jesus, we can’t help but be changed.” –Jonathan and Jillian Tekell