First Listen: Jason Nelson washes away the "Residue"

(June 27, 2021) Besides the weekly sermons and Bible lessons, pulpit ministers who are skilled as praise leaders can turn to music videos in amplifying key teaching moments. For most of the past two decades, Jason Nelson has effectively balanced Sunday morning messages in his home state of Maryland while recording impactful gospel music such as “Forever” and “Shifting the Atmosphere” – the latter charting in the Top 5 Billboard Gospel Charts. 

But in sharpening his overall ministry, the Grammy nominated singer/songwriter/musician refined his musical purpose in several avenues: What is more noticeable with his first single in 3 years (and latest First Listen installment), “Residue,” is that Nelson steers towards concept video productions, a major game changer from his primarily live performance settings.

(June 27, 2021) Besides the weekly sermons and Bible lessons, pulpit ministers who are skilled as praise leaders can turn to music videos in amplifying key teaching moments. For most of the past two decades, Jason Nelson has effectively balanced Sunday morning messages in his home state of Maryland while recording impactful gospel music such as “Forever” and “Shifting the Atmosphere” – the latter charting in the Top 5 Billboard Gospel Charts. 

But in sharpening his overall ministry, the Grammy nominated singer/songwriter/musician refined his musical purpose in several avenues: What is more noticeable with his first single in 3 years (and latest First Listen installment), “Residue,” is that Nelson steers towards concept video productions, a major game changer from his primarily live performance settings.

Combining Nelson’s pulpit and praise ministries, the accompanying video for “Residue,” (Fair Trade/Tyscot) shapes into a mini movie focusing on a tortured soul who eventually finds his way to the sanctuary.  In breaking down the scriptural message of grace and mercy, Nelson states: “He takes us as we are and washes away the residue of the past as we walk with HIM."  While the video’s visuals nail the track’s point, Nelson’s sturdy tenor firmly meshes with this upgraded sound that reaches back to his early inspirations of 80’s&90’s urban Gospel/R&B of Commissioned, et.al.  And the shift from delivering ballads of his previous hits to punchier arrangements matches the piercing tone of “Residue’s” storyline.  A great return for this doubly gifted man of God.  Take a good listen.

By Peggy Oliver

Jason Nelson - "Residue"

 

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