Â Â Â Â Â Â The Blue Ridge Mountains were recently filled with the melodious sounds of one of Southern Gospelâ€™s most talented families! The Nelons were guests of Crossroads Baptist Church in Fishersville, Virginia. After an introduction from Melody Vaughn of Joy FMâ€™s Morning Joy Ride, The Nelons took the stage with Jason, Kelly, Amber and Autumn.
Getting the crowd engaged right from the start, The Nelons opened with a Gaither classic, â€œI Donâ€™t Want to Get Adjustedâ€ and then went right into â€œWe Shall Wear A Crownâ€. The classics continued with â€œAnd I Know, Yes I Knowâ€.
Â Â The Nelonâ€™s most requested song was performed next, bringing everyone into a spirit of worship. Kelly Nelon has sung, â€œO For a Thousand Tongues To Singâ€ for many years, yet it always moves the heart.
Kelly Nelon is the daughter of the quintessential Gospel icon, the late Rex Nelon. Rex brought Southern Gospel into the hearts of thousands. As Kelly shared her heart regarding the legacy that Rex brought, his granddaughter, Autumn, stepped to the microphone to sing a song dedicated to his memory, â€œGrandpa, Tell Me â€˜Bout the Good Ole Days.â€ Autumn has become quite an accomplished mandolin player which she played while Jason Clark backed her on an acoustic guitar. The music world needs to take notice; this young lady is the real deal. Her vocal range is wide and strong. It is refreshing to watch her as she is standing on the threshold of breaking wide open.
Fresh out of the studio is the Nelonsâ€™ latest project, â€œHymns, The A Capella Sessionsâ€. The Nelonsâ€™ tight family harmony was best demonstrated in Jasonâ€™s arrangement of â€œThe Hallelujah Chorusâ€. With precise vocal artistry, they raised the roof to this precious song for the ages.
Â The award winning music video featuring Jason, â€œExcuse Me, Are you Jesus?â€ was performed while telling the story of a man hurrying through an airport when he disrupts an apple cart vendor operated by a visually impaired woman. The anxious passenger misses his gate call in order to restore the cart. There is great imagery in the video of how God restores our dismantled lives.
The next set began with â€œHeâ€™s More Than Wonderfulâ€ which featured the Nelonsâ€™ special four-part harmony. Joining the Nelons on stage was Crossroadsâ€™ Pastor who joined in with, â€œWeâ€™re Going Home To Jesusâ€. The entire house was standing and clapping to this crowd favorite.
The group also sang, â€œKeep On the Firing Line,â€ performed to Jasonâ€™s arrangement using only vocals and including a chorus of â€œOnward Christian Soldierâ€. Â With a twist on vocals and the powerful voices of each Nelon, this song featured multiple key changes, which they performed with amazing accuracy.
Several years ago, Jason penned an arrangement especially for a very young Autumn. Even as a senior in high school, Autumn delivered â€œI Choose To Liveâ€ with complete confidence. This young Nelon is rising with a style unique to her own talents.
The program varied in a way that kept the audience entertained. Jason, Autumn and Amber began bringing the evening to a focus on salvation with â€œBlessed Assuranceâ€. Kelly took over with â€œSettled At the Crossâ€. Amber, with perhaps the purest vocals in music today, then took center stage with â€œI Stand Amazed In the Presenceâ€. Jason contributed on the acoustic guitar as Amber joined in with her mandolin. The group concluded their concert with an emphasis on prayer.
After loading the bus following the concert, the Nelons shared a meal at a nearby restaurant. Somehow Jason got word that the woman taking payment for the meal was disappointed that she was unable to attend the concert due to her work schedule. Always ready to minister, the Nelons sang a song of encouragement for her benefit and to the thrill of the entire crowd gathered around.
Always prepared to share their faith anytime, and anywhere, the Nelons touched many on this night in Virginia! Check out their itinerary and enjoy a live concert by visiting http://kellynelon.com/ .