NASHVILLE, Tenn.â€”GrammyÂ® Award-nominated, Dove Award-winning Gospel music family group The Nelons return October 2 withÂ Peace At Last, their first new studio recording in two years. Comprised of Kelly Nelon Clark,Â JasonÂ Clark, Amber Nelon Kistler and Autumn Nelon Clark, theÂ Gospel Music Hall of Famers’Â forthcoming 13-song collection also marks theirÂ new long-term partnership with Daywind Records.
Produced by Jason ClarkÂ and Dove Award-winner Wayne Haun,Â Peace At LastÂ features nine songs co-penned by ClarkÂ and six by Haun, along with contributions from acclaimed writers Tony Wood, Joel Lindsey, Kenna West, Michael Boggs, and Reba Rambo and Dony McGuire, among others. TheÂ recording reflects the groupâ€™s influences across Gospel, country and Americana genres, while featuring the signature vocals and family harmonies that have been their trademark for more than three decades.
Highlights ofÂ Peace At LastÂ include the new single and video, â€œJordan,â€ an infectious barnburnerÂ featuring Autumn NelonÂ ClarkÂ on lead. Amber Nelon Kistlerâ€™s country-tinged vocals deliver the gentle ballads â€œGrace Ainâ€™t Fairâ€ and â€œIf God Pulled Back The Curtain,â€ whileÂ Kelly Nelon Clarkâ€™s soothing alto is instantly recognizable on the anthemic title-cut, as well as the folksyÂ â€œPatience of Job.â€Â TheÂ cinematic â€œStill Free,â€ drawing from the biblical accounts of Daniel in the lionâ€™s den, and Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego in the furnace, exhorts believers to walk in freedom and confidence. And bringing the collection full circle, â€œPilgrimâ€ reflects the groupâ€™s lauded southern gospel heritage.Â
â€œWe believe God knew these songs, these stories, the Truth they tell and the Hope they give, would need to be heard at such a time as this,â€ said Kelly Nelon Clark. â€œWhen I see tears of lonely people, I remember â€˜Two Are Better Than One.â€™ When the news is filled with stories of hate and division, I relisten to â€˜Wish We All Could Remember.â€™ And when Iâ€™m gripped with fear and doubt, I imagine â€˜If God Pulled Back The Curtainâ€™ to my heavenly home. We can know peaceÂâ€”Peace At Lastâ€”because we know Him. I donâ€™t believe we have ever recorded a more important orÂ timely collection of songs.â€
â€œWhen Tony Wood and I began to write â€˜Peace At Last,â€™ we had no idea what 2020 would hold,â€ remembers Jason Clark. â€œFor me personally, the year has included months of recuperation from both heart surgery and emergency knee surgery. Not to mention the pandemic and all the other challenges our country and world have had to face. We want these songs to remind listenersâ€”and ourselvesâ€”that although times may be a little different, a little harder, we are going to make it! God hasnâ€™t forgotten us, and He will never let us walk in the valley alone. â€˜Thereâ€™s a better dayâ€”aâ€™ coming childrenâ€”there will be peace at last.â€™â€
Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2016, The Nelons have been one of Gospel musicâ€™s best-loved families for nearly four decades. The group has been nominated for three GrammyÂ®Â Awards; received seven Dove Awards, 14 Singing News Fan Awards, a Silver Angel Award, a Peopleâ€™s Choice Silver Telly Award, and a New York Film Festival Award.Â The Nelons haveÂ recorded more than 35 albums, amassingÂ overÂ 20 Top 5 southern gospel radio singles, including such classics as â€œWe Shall Wear A Robe and Crown,â€ â€œCome Morning,â€ â€œO For A Thousand Tonguesâ€ and â€œThanks.â€ They have frequently been featured on the best-selling Gaither Homecoming recordings and videos, and have performed on the Grand Ole Opry, among other historic venues.Â
The Nelons continue the rich tradition initiated by family patriarch Rex Nelon,Â father of Kelly Nelon Clark,Â who began hisÂ legendaryÂ career when he joined Gospel Music Hall of Fame membersÂ The LeFevres in 1957. The group eventually became known as The Rex Nelon Singers before changing their name to The Nelons in 1982. Through the decades, The Nelonsâ€™ polished harmonies and performances, and their anthology of timeless songs, have helped to expand the audience for Gospel music around the world.