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.
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.