For years, the gospel music industry has been filled with influential families that have changed the shape and direction of the genre. From larger collectives with surnames like Winans and Clark to smaller, yet equally potent tandems with names like Campbell and Dawkins, the familial musical bonds runs deep. Time to consider another powerful family. Welcome the Nelsons.
Recording artists and twin brothers, Jason and Jonathan Nelson, along with their older brother Pastor James Nelson, Jr., are coming together to present The Full Nelson Worship and Word Summit. The purpose of the summit is to provide training sessions in key areas to enhance the corporate worship experience. The summit targets pastors, worship leaders, and lay people. The brothers have always been encouraged to work together in some capacity, so they decided to focus on their strengths, which are worship and the Word. “It is our vision to come together to impact God’s people with key tools for successful ministry as well as empowering a new generation to establish Kingdom principles and best practices in the 21st century,” says Jason Nelson.
The Nelsons certainly have the qualifications and experience to lead such summit. Jonathan Nelsonis a multi-Stellar Award winner, whose hit “My Name Is Victory” spent an astounding 65 weeks on the Billboard Top Gospel songs charts in 2008. His recent album Better Days produced the hit single, “Expect The Great,” which became a church anthem, while being named one of Billboard’s Top 25 Gospel songs of 2010. Nelson has recently signed with Karew Records, owned by gospel legend, Karen Clark-Sheard and her husband,Bishop J. Drew Sheard. Jason Nelson is a phenomenal vocalist, who pastors the Greater Bethlehem Temple Church, a thriving ministry in Randallstown, Maryland. This singer, songwriter, and bassist has penned songs that were featured on Marvin Sapp’s latest two releases Thirsty andHere I Am. In 2011, he signed with Verity Gospel Music Group. Shortly thereafter, he was featured onThe Fearless Tour with Kirk Franklin, Isaac Carree,Deon Kipping and Amber Bullock. His new single, “Shifting The Atmosphere,” is making a major impact at radio, with his full length project due to release May 2012. James Nelson, Jr. has been preaching since the age of 12; he’s formerly the Assistant Pastor of Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, MD, under the leadership of Pastor Jamal Bryant. He resides in Baltimore, MD with his wife and two children, and is currently the Senior Pastor of Destiny Christian Church.
The Nelson brothers have enlisted a stellar roster of psalmists, intercession leaders, facilitators and speakers to help with their endeavor. Bishop James Nelson, Sr., Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Pastor Kim Burrell, Pastor Hart Ramsey, Minister Stephen Hurd, Dr. Carolyn Showell, and many others are slated to participate. Sessions for the event will cover topics such as: Worship 101, Building a Successful Music Ministry, Faith, Family and Finances, and more. The Full Nelson Worship and Word Summit will take place April 25-27, 2012, at CFSMM Worship Center in Baltimore, MD. For more information and to register, visit their website.