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Autumn Nelon Clark is a Southern Gospel Sweetheart

Written by Staff on October 18, 2017 – 7:44 am -

Autumn Nelon Clark with the Nelons at the Dove Awards. Photo by Craig Harris

Autumn Nelon Clark with the Nelons at the Dove Awards. Photo by Craig Harris

Most individuals dream of living a life that will make this world a better place. They hope that they can leave a legacy behind that reflects a life of positive influence. This dream is one that Rex Nelon accomplished. It was his vision 30 years ago, which sparked the national ministry of the Nelons. It was also his influence that helped begin the careers of some of Gospel Music’s most beloved artists, such as Karen Peck Gooch and Janet Paschal.  

 

For years, Rex Nelon’s daughter, Kelly, sang alto alongside him. Now, Kelly sings with her two beautiful daughters, Amber and Autumn, and her husband, Jason Clark. It is the legacy of this Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame inductee that is still being lived out through his daughter and granddaughters. I had the privilege of interviewing Autumn Nelon Clark, Kelly’s youngest daughter.  


Born on January 20, 1997, Autumn is now 20 years old. While she has always been behind the scenes of her family’s career, she has recently taken on the role of singer/mandolin player for the group.

 

Autumn Nelon Clark with her family, the Nelons

Autumn Nelon Clark with her family, the Nelons

“For a while it was just the three of them – my mom, dad and sister,” Amber says. “But a few years ago, my dad got sick, and I had to fill in for him. I’ve been up there ever since.”

 

While Autumn has watched her family walk onto stages all of her life, it never made it easier when it was her turn to finally take the stage. The young lady confesses that it was more than a little intimidating for her to sing in front of people for the first time.  

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Smoky Mountain Gospel Showcase at Creekside 2017

Written by Staff on October 17, 2017 – 2:21 pm -

Smoky Mountain Gospel Showcase to be featured at Creekside 2017

Smoky Mountain Gospel Showcase to be featured at Creekside 2017

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (October 16, 2017) – Creekside 2017 is proud to present the Smoky Mountain Gospel Showcase, October 30, at Pigeon Forge, Tenn. For the sixth consecutive year, the Creekside Gospel Music Convention will run Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in beautiful Pigeon Forge. Over 40 Southern, Country and Bluegrass Gospel music artists will participate in the week-long convention. Most tickets for this event are free.

On Mon. Oct. 30, Creekside will host a daytime Gospel music showcase from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Artists include Tennessee’s own Eternal Vision, Leonard and Joyce Repass, the GloryBound Singers, Bishop Curtis Manning and Angela Marie.
“As an artist that lives here in East Tennessee, I am so excited about Creekside 2017,” states Gospel singer Angela Marie. “Creekside is an amazing Gospel music event that has artists coming from across the nation to uplift the name of Jesus. We are super excited to participate in the Smoky Mountain Gospel Showcase on Monday, October 30th, 2017. Come and join us.”
Every evening, concerts will begin at 5:00 p.m. Special guests include David Ring, Brian Free and Assurance, Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff, the Nelons, the Hyssongs, Eric Bennett, the Browders, Soul’d Out, and many more. Creekside also includes the presentation of the 2017 Diamond Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Atlanta station WATC – TV 57 will be taping this event for future programming.

Smoky Mountain Gospel Showcase to be featured at Creekside 2017

Smoky Mountain Gospel Showcase to be featured at Creekside 2017

Creekside will also present a Tuesday and Thursday daytime showcase and midnight prayer every night. Most events are free. For more information visit the website or Facebook  page, or call event convener Rob Patz at 360-933-0741.

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The Nelons featured artists at Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2017

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 4, 2017 – 1:15 pm -

The Nelons featured artists at Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2017

The Nelons featured artists at Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2017

Pigeon Forge, Tenn.  – Rob Patz of Creekside Gospel Music Convention, is proud to announce the addition of the award-winning Nelons to the Creekside 2017 schedule. Creekside takes place at Pigeon Forge from Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Tickets are free but must be reserved.

“It is a joy for The Nelons to be at Creekside this year!” says Kelly Nelon Clark. “We have been friends with Rob Patz for many years and can’t wait to see him and all of you there!”

“Kelly and her family are sweet people and great friends,” says Patz. “We are thrilled to welcome the Nelons to Creekside and we know our audience will love them. We encourage all of the Nelons’ friends and fans to join us in Pigeon Forge for a time of singing and fellowship. It’s more than just a music event. It’s an experience you won’t forget.”

Creekside 2017 guests also include motivational speaker, David Ring; Pat Barker, who will lead his Pat Barker University; and Mark209, who are favorites at Pigeon Forge. These join over 40 Southern Gospel and Christian Country artists for daytime showcases, evening concerts, midnight prayer and the 2017 Diamond Awards. Tickets can be reserved at the website creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com. Accommodation specials at the Ramada Inn can also be obtained by calling 360-933-0741. For more information on tickets, lodging and special VIP Tickets, contact Rob Patz at 360-933-0741.

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THE MUSIC CITY SHOW CRUISE ANNOUNCES TALENT FOR 2018

Written by Staff on April 10, 2017 – 3:56 pm -

The Nelons To Perform During Presidential Inauguration Week

The Nelons will appear on the Music City Show Cruise 2018

Spectacular Lineup  For The Music City Show Cruise 2018 Features Fan Favorites Michael English, Nelons, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Karen Peck & New River, Joseph Habedank, Erwins, Tim Lovelace, and more!

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Nashville, TN (April 5, 2017) – Some of gospel music’s most beloved artists and inspiring new talent will come together for one amazing week when the 2018 Music City Show Cruise sets sail from March 18-25, 2018. Filled with music day and night, and exotic ports of call – including Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico – this is a vacation you don’t want to miss!

Talent for the cruise is as follows: The Nelons, Michael English, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Karen Peck & New River, Browders, Joseph Habedank, Erwins, Amber Nelon Thompson, Jay Stone Singers, Jeff Stice, Misty Freeman, Allegiance, along with The Music City Show’s Jim Sheldon and Tim Lovelace.

In addition to the music, world-class accommodations and amenities await guests aboard Royal Caribbean’s amazing Oasis of the Seas, including an ice rink, aqua theatre, a ‘living central park,’ rock climbing walls, zip lines, and so much more.

Karen Peck and New River Win at 2016 Diamond Awards

Karen Peck and New River

Cabins start at $798.00 and are on sale now at www.themusiccityshow.com or by calling 1-855-346-7735.

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Amber Nelon Thompson: Lights, Camera…Heart

Written by Staff on February 19, 2017 – 6:00 pm -

Amber Nelson Thompson with The Nelons

Amber Nelon Thompson with The Nelons

Amber Nelon Thompson faces a variety of lessons in life and film

Feature by Craig Harris

Amber Nelon Thompson is becoming comfortable in front of the camera. The Nelons’ soprano is making her big-screen debut in A Question of Faith, which is slated for a release this fall.

“I play Michelle Danielson,” Thompson says. “It’s about three different families who go through some very, very trying times. One family is struggling with losing a loved one. Another family is living with a loved one who makes a mistake, and they don’t know how to help. Another family is struggling with the possibility of losing a loved one. All three families are kind of woven together in the end.”

The faith-based film was the first that she had even auditioned for, and the cast includes C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders), Renee O’Conner (Xena: Warrior Princess), Kim Fields (Facts of Life), C.T. Stallings (War Room), Richard T. Jones (The Wood) and Christian recording artist Jaci Velasquez.

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The Nelons and Jeff Stice appear in Hamilton, Ontario on New Year’s Eve

Written by Staff on January 3, 2017 – 4:10 pm -

The Nelons at Hamilton ON on NYE '16

The Nelons at Hamilton ON on NYE ’16

By Lorraine Walker

New Year’s Eve at Bethel Gospel Tabernacle in Hamilton, Ontario, has become known as a must-see evening of music. Every year a different artist is presented by the church and the audience responds, filling the auditorium with applause and appreciation. December 31, 2016, was no different. The Nelons and Jeff Stice took the stage amid the Christmas trees and spotlights, sharing their faith and talent with a crowd of 700.

Kelly Nelon Clark and her husband Jason, daughters Amber and Autumn, along with pianist Jeff Stice gave the audience a full evening of current songs, hymns and Christmas favorites. They began with tunes from their latest albums Stronger Together and Family Harmony. Songs featuring each

Jeff Stice at Hamilton ON on NYE '16

Jeff Stice at Hamilton ON on NYE ’16

member were interspersed with specials by the award-winning Jeff Stice. The audience joined in on familiar Christmas and Gospel songs, encouraged by emcee Jason Clark. A special, nostalgic moment occurred when the auditorium grew dark and the spotlight shone down on Kelly performing “A Christmas In December.”

Rex Nelon, Kelly’s father, formed the Rex Nelon Singers in 1977, formerly the LeFevres. Kelly was singing alto for the group at that time, and now – forty years later – she is still standing strong as the matriarch of the Nelons. Kelly remains sweet, approachable and caring, even taking time from the group’s repertoire to sing “Happy Birthday” to my father who was turning 91 years old. Thanks Kelly!

Kelly Nelon Clark at Hamilton ON

Kelly Nelon Clark at Hamilton ON

As a Nelons fan since the late ‘80’s when the group included Karen Peck and Jerry Thompson and frequently visited southern Ontario and northern New York State, I was excited to hear this group on their own where they might showcase each individuals’ skill. Kelly’s voice remains as true and soft as it did decades ago, owing in part to her regular vocal exercises. Amber is one of, if not ‘the’, preeminent vocalists of her generation in Christian music. With a clear, expressive tone retaining the bluegrass background of her dad, Autumn charmed the crowd on one of her few solo songs. Jason Clark was disarming with his down-to-earth delivery belying his ability to sing several octaves. I can’t wait to hear the music this family produces in the future as they continue to develop their own sound.

Autumn Nelon Clark and Jason Clark

Autumn Nelon Clark and Jason Clark

It was great to see Jeff Stice again, since he had last appeared at Bethel Gospel Tabernacle in December 2013 with Triumphant. Those fingers can certainly burn up the keyboard! Whether accompanying the Nelons or doing a solo feature, Jeff showed the crowd that he deserves every award and nomination he has earned.

The Nelons completed the evening with Amber singing “Auld Lang Syne,” along with the audience, while Nelons’ members captured the closing event on Facebook Live. The ballad turned into a barn-burner with “I’ll Fly Away.” The Nelon ladies certainly let it fly in this last song as Jason led the audience. You can find it on The Nelons page here

I’m sure all the attendees would join my family and I in saying that this was a

Amber Nelon Thompson

Amber Nelon Thompson

Autumn Nelon Clark

Autumn Nelon Clark

Jeff Stice

Jeff Stice

Autumn Nelon Clark

Autumn Nelon Clark

Jason Clark

Jason Clark

concert to remember. Happy 2017!


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The True Spirit of Thanksgiving, Prayers for Jason Clark and Family…..

Written by scoopsnews on November 24, 2016 – 5:23 pm -

img_4163Many of us gathered around the table with our families today and ate Turkey and Dressing and lots of delicious food. As I looked at Facebook tonight, I saw two posts made by our friend Jason Clark.

The first one about 4 hours ago:

Just got off the phone with my dad.
My mom is in critical condition with a heart attack and 100% blockage to her main artery. They will perform open heart surgery with the hopes of 4-bypasses. They got her to the hospital very fast and believe they were timely enough that prevented major damage from the heart attack.

My mom has many Alzheimer’s patients that she cares for 24/7 and was just about to serve them and their families Thanksgiving Dinner at the time of her Heart Attack.

Thank you for your continued prayers!

 

The second one, about an hour ago:

So many friends have come to our side to offer their assistance and many more from literally all around the world have sent messages letting us know they are praying.

A friend and an employee of American Airlines, got me on a plane from Orlando to Miami (just landed) and now on my way to be in Louisville by tonight!

Michael English was on vacation with his family this weekend and has offered to fill in for me singing (pretty good fill-in👍). His manager Kevin, is going to road manage and look out for the girls as well.

I was also gonna be the bus-driver this weekend, and I’ve already had several offers there.

I feel so blessed and I’m reminded what a powerful, unstoppable force friendship is. Love can accomplish literally anything.

Nothing stronger than a mother’s love and I’m blessed so many of you have stepped up so I could be with mine during this time.

This is the True Spirit of Thanksgiving.  We are all praying for your You and Your Mom Jason!

Thank you for sharing……

 

 


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Two New Projects Available Today From Award-Winning Group, The Nelons

Written by Staff on August 12, 2016 – 8:26 pm -

cd41873 nlfhHendersonville, TN (August 12th, 2016)4t – Daywind recording artists, The Nelons, are excited to announce the release of Stronger Together and Family Harmony, both available today!

After nearly two years of writing, song-selection and recording, the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame members were faced with the challenge of selecting which of the eighteen recorded songs would make it onto their newest album.  The Nelons felt strongly that each song held an incredible potential to minister to and encourage listeners, so instead of narrowing down the selection, the idea of jointly releasing Stronger Together and Family Harmony was born.With a long list of world-class songwriters gracing the credits, it’s not difficult to see why eliminating songs from the track listing would be near impossible.  An accomplished songwriter in his own right, Jason Clark was honored to co-write with such legendary writers as Dony and Reba (Rambo) McGuire, and Dawn Thomas, in addition to the contributions Songwriters of the Century, Bill and Gloria Gaither, made to the project. Paired with the incomparable orchestrations and musicianship of hall of famers such as Brent Mason, Gordon Mote and David Huntsinger, among others, Stronger Together and Family Harmony are both exceptional projects that the Nelons are eager to present to their long-time fans, and new listeners alike.

Two very special guests, Bill Gaither and Karen Peck Gooch, joined the Nelons in the studio to offer their talents to these collections of songs.  Karen and Kelly Nelon Clark reminisce on their time singing together with Kelly’s father, Rex Nelon, with a sentimental song entitled ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’ while Bill Gaither joins the family-group on ‘Suppertime.’ The Nelons also put their special touch on a few familiar classics such as ‘We Shall Behold Him,’ ‘I Think I’ll Read It Again,’ and ‘Then Came The Morning.’

The first single from the pair of projects, ‘I Just Can’t Make It By Myself’ is featured on Family Harmony. The song climbed the Singing News Radio Charts earlier this Spring, and has been a crowd favorite with audiences across the country.  The current radio single, ‘My Father’s House,’ from Stronger Together, was released to radio in July and its smooth tones and tight harmony are already resonating with listeners.

Family Harmony and Stronger Together are available at Christian retail stores across the country and digitally at iTunes and other online outlets.  Bulk purchasing for gift and ministry purposes is available by calling 1.800.635.9581.

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Legacy Five, Adam Crabb, Browders, Jim Brady Trio, Greater Vision, Joseph Habedank, The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, Bowling Family, Tribute, Nelons, Brian Free & Assurance, Blackwood Brothers Quartet, the Second-Half Quartet and Wilburn & Wilburn.  Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Sony RED, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes.

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Happy 4th of July Weekend from The Nelons!

Written by scoopsnews on July 2, 2016 – 2:54 pm -

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Check out this cool video by the Nelons! God Bless the USA!🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷

 


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2016 SGMG HARMONY HONORS CELEBRATE LES BEASLEY AND THE GOSPEL SINGING JUBILEE 

Written by Staff on June 13, 2016 – 1:41 pm -

All-Star Salute to Air on TBN July 15, 2016

Les Beasley accepts the SGMG Harmony Honor in celebration of the Gospel Singing Jubilee on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Trinity Music City (TBN) in Nashville, TN. Photo by Chip Woods
(Nashville, TN) – The Southern Gospel Music Guild (SGMG) paid homage to Les Beasley and the Gospel Singing Jubilee at the 2016 SGMG Harmony Honors during an all-star salute on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
The event, held at Trinity Music City in Hendersonville, TN, was hosted by Jason Crabb and Gerald Wolfe. Musical guests for the evening included Goodman Revival, The Nelons, Karen Peck & New River, LeFevre Quartet, Rambo McGuire, Ronny Hinson, Freedom Quartet, Three Bridges, Second-Half Quartet, Tribute Quartet, and the Inspirations. Additionally, Duane Allen (Oak Ridge Boys) and Willie Wynn (former tenor, Oak Ridge Boys) honored Beasley recounting personal stories and tributes.
Beasley, known for being the lead singer and manager for The Florida Boys, was also a pioneer in Gospel Music TV. Beasley produced the Gospel Singing Jubilee for over two decades. Under Beasley’s direction, the popular television program aired on Sunday mornings in every major television market in the United States. Millions viewed the show every Sunday where the careers of many of Gospel Music’s most loved artists were launched and some of the most beloved Gospel songs were introduced for the first time.
TBN – Trinity Broadcasting Network – will air the SGMG Harmony Honors during a special television broadcast on July 15, 2016.
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