Jonathan Reid Gealt was born in Glens Falls Hospital and grew up in the small upstate town of Queensbury, New York. He attended the Boston Conservatory and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theater Performance, having a dual emphasis in both dance and composition. He moved to New York City the day after his last class, hit the ground running, and has found much success his first few years in New York.
Jonathan, a member of the advanced BMI Theater Writing Workshops, is currently adapting the novel Dust and Shadow as well as continued work on two other musicals and two original screenplays. The demo recording of Jonathan’s first full length song cycle, Forward, gained considerable buzz online and in New York City showcasing the incredible Kelli O’Hara, Liz Callaway, Lauren Kennedy, Shoshana Bean, Michael McElroy, Jonathan Groff, and Tituss Burgess. Collectively, his online videos (via YouTube) have passed more than a million views.
“Here For You – Ballads for Broadway Impact,” Jonathan's sophomore album was released worldwide on April 30th, 2013. A portion of all sales will go to benefit Broadway Impact. Produced by Jonathan, James Bilodeau, Brian Parker and Matt Hinkley, the album boasts the vocal talents of Loren Allred, Jeremy Jordan, Caissie Levy, Kelli O’Hara, Adrienne Warren, Katie Thompson, Jason Gotay, Natalie Weiss, Rachel Potter and Jonathan Reid Gealt.
Jonathan’s debut album "Thirteen Stories Down" was released in 2011 on Sh-k-Boom/Ghostlight Records. Produced by 7 time Grammy award winner Joel Moss, the album features orchestrations by Lynne Shankel, Bruce Coughlin, and August Eriksmoen as well as the vocal talents of Kate Baldwin, Will Chase, Lauren Kennedy, Caissie Levy, Matt Doyle, Darius de Haas, Tituss Burgess, Carrie Manolakos, Natalie Weiss, Zak Resnick, Quentin Earl Darrington, Adam Chanler-Berat, Lindsay Mendez, Capathia Jenkins, and the Broadway Inspirational Voices, to name a few.
Jonathan’s music has been featured in sold out venues and concerts all over New York City including the Broadway in South Africa benefits, Symphony Space, The Cutting Room, 54 Below, The Canal Room, Joe’s Pub, The Triad, The Laurie Beechman, The Lucille Lortel, Le Poisson Rouge, and Birdland. Outside New York City, his music has been sung around the world including: Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Manila, Japan, Australia, and Canada, as well as a sold out concert debut in London this past year
A performer as well as a composer, select theater credits include The Secret Garden (Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC), Rags (Nokia Theater, NYC), Les Misérables (Tour - St. Louis MUNY, Atlanta Theater of the Stars, Kansas City Starlight, The Wolf Trap), Junie B. Jones (Tour), and Thrill Me (New England Premiere). Film and television includes Across The Universe and “Kidnapped.” Jonathan also appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops under the baton of Keith Lockhart.