The journey that God seems to have carved out for Jerry Nelson, has certainly prepared him for today’s flourishing concert ministry. After a decade in public school music and an earned doctorate, Jerry was at a crossroads, having to choose between teaching college, playing piano with the Gaither Trio, or directing a church orchestra. As right as the first two options seemed, he chose the latter. That choice, however, did not in any way curtail his creative involvement on stage with other Christian artists such as Sandi Patti, the Gaithers and Ralph Carmichael. In piano concert, he has teamed up with such greats as Dino and Anthony Burger.
Having built Eagles Nest Studio, his two decades of recording in that inspirational Rocky Mountain setting was an incredible stroke of providence. It’s what not only equipped him to play in such a myriad of styles, but also gave him the tools to produce his own orchestra tracks - heard on every CD and in every concert. In fact, many of those sound tracks are now available on his Website along with his piano arrangements which are available to the public for the first time.
Not only pianists, but virtually every instrumentalist (trumpet, flute, violin, etc.) can secure arrangements and compatible accompaniment tracks. When the Japanese were just thinking about what to call Karaoke, Jerry was already doing it in the early 70’s. At that time he gave birth to Clarion Productions, introducing the concept of Accompaniment Tracks to the Christian world. Jerry’s son, Scott, has been its chief engineer and his photographer son, Brad, has added his creative genius to the layout and design of recorded product.
For Jerry, music came as naturally as walking. He started piano lessons at age seven; by age ten, and still barely able to reach the pedals, Jerry was designated pianist in a tiny Minnesota church. Directing its orchestra (of three players), it was a quantum leap, a few years later, to recording with the London Orchestra. Though composer of several dozen songs and musicals, he considers himself more of an "Arranger" with some 6,000 arrangements spanning a fulfilling career.
Well, you’ve met the man - to schedule Jerry for a concert or special event such as Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Fall kickoff, Banquet or Cruise or even a Concert / Hymn Sing, contact his office through the contact page.