Jason Nelson‘s major label debut SHIFTING THE ATMOSPHERE, one of the most anticipated Gospel CDs of the year, will be in stores May 22. Before the CD has even been released, Nelson finds himself in the unique position of having a Top-10 single at radio. He was also featured last fall on Kirk Franklin’s Fearless Tour; received acclaim from The New York Times, and delivered a powerful appearance on the internationally broadcast TBN.
Jason Nelson’s major label debut on Verity Gospel Music Group elevates contemporary urban praise and worship to new heights. “We worked hard to put together a CD with no fillers,” says Nelson. “By the time people get to the last song, I want listeners to feel like their atmosphere has really shifted. I hope that the CD helps people to redefine themselves and their relationships with God, and to worship God in an intense way. I want people to see God, hear God and experience Him in a profound way.”
The title track, currently a Top-10 radio single, was called “an excellent first single…a religious quiet-storm ballad” by The New York Times. Nelson says that, with “Shifting the Atmosphere,” he wants people to understand that when they get in trouble, when things get rough, they can worship their way into a better circumstance. “Worship invites God into your space, and wherever God is, things have to change. That’s where we get ‘shifting the atmosphere.’”
“The response to Jason Nelson’s music is well-deserved,” says James “Jazzy” Jordan, Executive Vice President, Verity Gospel Music Group. “Jason Nelson is a renaissance man – a great musician, great songwriter, very talented singer and a wonderful pastor, husband and father. He is the example of what you want a Gospel artist to be.”
Though this is Nelson’s major label debut, he has been making contributions to Gospel music for a long time. An accomplished bass player, he has played for the likes of Yolanda Adams, Karen Clark Sheard and BeBe Winans. He also spent time under the direction of Donald Lawrence as a member of his seminal ensemble Company; released an independently produced CD and has written songs for major artists including Marvin Sapp.
The Gospel music industry is elated that the world will be able to finally experience what they have known for many years:
“Jason Nelson is an incredible singer. It’s the pure tone of his voice that draws you in; I love hearing him sing. But, what a lot of people don’t know is that he is also one of the coldest bass players you ever want to hear! I’m excited about this project.” WARRYN CAMPBELL
“Jason Nelson is an example of the new generation of incredible talent being birthed in Gospel music. The voice, the character, the lifestyle speaks hope to those who are searching for authenticity.” KIRK FRANKLIN
“Jason Nelson is a former Donald Lawrence & Co member and is by far one of my FAVORITE male singers. The ability, warmth and tone of his voice just do it for me! Get ready for Jason Nelson, a timeless gift and AMAZING talent.” DONALD LAWRENCE
“(The song) ‘Dominion’ is profoundly simple but completely powerful and effective. God speaks through this song. We’ve been fans since Jason’s first album. It was obvious then, as it is now, that he’s God’s man. This song is just another reminder. What a blessing. Wow!” MARY MARY
“I’m so proud of my twin brother!! He is my favorite male vocalist! This of course isn’t news to him because I share it with him ALL the time!! Jason masterfully sings each lyric and melodic line. He uses his husky tenor height to convey the heart of the matter and the MESSAGE of each song. I love how destiny and time have collided together on his behalf. Jason has served faithfully in many capacities behind the scenes, and now it’s time for his voice to be heard. SHIFTING THE ATMOSPHERE is full of church anthems and worldwide hits! “Jubilee;” “Dominion;” “No Words” and many other songs will surely touch the heart of all who listen!!” JONATHAN NELSON
“Jason Nelson is probably the most gifted and prolific singers of our time. I believe that everyone should have this CD as part of their collection. It will really minister to you in a powerful way.” MARVIN SAPP
Nelson is commencing on a promotional tour to Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta and New York. On Tuesday, there will be a CD release concert at Greater Bethlehem Temple near Baltimore, Maryland – where he is pastor.
SHIFTING THE ATMOSPHERE will be in stores May 22.