This hip-hop artist, entrepreneur, and dreamer from Mount Vernon, NY was supposed to have been born brain dead. Defying odds from birth, Rodney Jeremiah "JP" Reynolds has dedicated his journey to speaking life in inventive ways. He is passionate about cultivating dreams by bringing his energy and vision to the process of unlocking possibility and re-imagining who we can be.
His innovative sound blends jazz, gospel, funk and soul into an eclectic rap gumbo. JP has performed at NYC venues such as B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, The Apollo Theater Soundstage, Silvana, The Shrine, Mercury Lounge, Knitting Factory, and Arlene's Grocery, as well as national events such as SXSW, Revolt Music Conference, and the 50th Anniversary March on Washington. After JP started performing with a live band he established The Peace and Power Band with the help of his music director and bassist, Criston Oates. They added Jayare McKenzie on drums, Sidney Antoine on guitar, Duvane "Phats" Whilby on keys, and Mike Rodriguez on guitar - all New York City area musicians. Later they added an all women's horn section featuring Lessie Vonner on trumpet and Gabrielle Murphy on saxophone, as well as Kalia Vandever and Mariel Bildstein on trombone.
With an entrepreneurial spirit JP is the Founder of Peace and Power Media - an artistic hub that produces music, visual content, and written text. Peace and Power Media empowers budding creatives to build a sustainable and scalable platform for their craft.
JP is also building community where millennial dreamers, thinkers, lovers, and justice doers can connect with others. Although the connections may happen primarily through music, the Peace and Power Family is a community to help folks develop a spiritual connection to God and to provide a platform to address issues of social justice.
JP holds a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies and a Master of Divinity, both from Yale University. In addition to his life as an artist and entrepreneur, JP is currently a Dream Director with The Future Project in New York City.