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    One of six children born in Baltimore, Maryland, Nelson grew up in church. "Everybody in my family works in ministry," he says. "My father, James Nelson, was pastor of Greater Bethlehem Temple Church for over thirty years and my mom served as First Lady."Nelson's family was also musical. "My grandmother played piano," he continues. "I had two uncles who were musicians. We just grew up playing and singing in church."
    Gospel singer, minister, songwriter, and producer Jonathan Nelson first found success with a pair of Columbia-issued albums in 2008 and 2010, but it was his chart-topping third album, Finish Strong (2013), that put him on the map.

    A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Nelson was raised in the church. His father was a pastor, his mother served as first lady, and his relatives were musicians, all of which led the budding artist to the Baltimore School for the Arts and Morgan State, where he studied choir. Nelson hit it big as an executive with a computer software company, but nearly lost everything in the 2001 dot-com collapse. It was then that he began his music career in earnest, writing and recording with his vocal ensemble, Purpose.

    Nelson released his major-label debut, Right Now Praise, in 2008, earning himself a Dove nomination for New Artist of the Year. Both his debut and 2010 follow-up, Better Days, were issued on Columbia's Integrity imprint and reached the Top Ten of Billboard's gospel charts. After moving to Karen Clark-Sheard and J. Drew Sheard's Karew label in 2013, Nelson made his biggest commercial breakthrough with the gospel chart-topping Finish Strong. After a three-year gap, he issued Fearless, making his debut for the eOne-associated Light label. Further establishing himself on the Light roster, Nelson returned in 2018 with Declarations, an album that saw him duetting with the great Cece Winans on the song "Because You Are."

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    Meeting You In Philadelphia | Posted October 22, 2011
    Hi Jonathan, It was my pleasure meeting you in the Philadelphia airport in October. You were so nice and generous and allowed me to take a picture of you and with you.I realize that both of us had delayed flights, but I believe that it was working for my good. Because of the delay, I was able to personally meet and converse with my favorite gospel singer in the world. I pray that your trip was safe and the concert went well if you made it in time. We send blessings to you from the great state of South Carolina and pray God's blessings upon your Ministry and your life. Forever a Fan, Pam

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    Your music | Posted February 28, 2009
    Hi, Mr. Jonathan Nelson I am 15 yrs. old and I eant to be a Gospel Singer me and my sister and our group is called A2.You have such a wonderful voice. I want to be a Gospel Singer just like you. I love "My Name Is Victory, Drench My Heart, and Great and Mighty". Your album is amazong. I love Gospel Music. Your voice is a gift grom God.

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