|Short Name:||Greg Nelson|
|Full Name:||Nelson, Greg, 1948-|
Greg Nelson (born September 10, 1948) is a music producer from Nashville, Tennessee.
Overview and early career
Nelson was born in Bismarck, North Dakota. He has produced recordings for Christian and theatrical artists including Sandi Patty, Steve Green, Larnelle Harris, Twila Paris, Michael Crawford and Richard Smallwood as well as multiple artist recordings with Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans, Graham Kendrick, Jennifer Holliday, Wintley Phipps, Máire Brennan, Kathie Lee Gifford and the American Boychoir.
Nelson headed Spirit Records, a division of Sparrow Records, with artists Benny Hester and Albrecht, Roley and Moore. He went on to co-found Refuge Records in 1980 with Jack Hafer, another Sparrow employee. In addition, he served as the first publishing director for Billy Ray Hearn at Sparrow. As an arranger/orchestrator Nelson composed the "Prelude" to John Michael Talbot's “Last Supper” and later created string arrangements for various gospel and contemporary Christian artists.
Nelson has produced 13 gold records and 3 platinum records. He has received 20 Dove Awards as well as over 30 nominations. In addition his productions have garnered 7 Grammy Awards and 13 Grammy nominations for Sandi Patty and Larnelle Harris. He has received song, songwriter and publisher awards from Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Gospel Music Association. He received a BMI "Special Contribution Award" in appreciation of his many outstanding contributions to the world of Christian music. He was the third recipient of the Gospel Music Association “Impact Award” for his outstanding work and influence in the contemporary Christian music industry. His productions of The New Young Messiah and Emmanuel have been successful Christmas tours featuring many high-profile Christian artists.
Nelson, a well-known composer in Christian music, has penned several hymns in The Celebration Hymnal and the Baptist Hymnals. "People Need The Lord", written by Phill McHugh and Nelson, is considered a Christian classic. His modern oratorio, "Saviour", co-written with Bob Farrell, continues to tour in the United States, Europe and Russia. Hallel (A Musical Suite for Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir and Soloists) is his most recent major composition which is orchestrated by Ronn Huff. Greg also co-wrote the #1 Larnelle Harris song 'All Along the Way'with Dan Schafer, from the album 'First Love' that he produced, which reached the No. 1 spot for 5 weeks on the CCM Christian Inspirational chart and No. 6 for the top songs of 1998.
Nelson began serving in a dual role at LifeWay Worship in 2004 as an exclusive songwriter and as Creative Supervisor for song and writer development. His work at LifeWay has included recording over 1000 hymns and worship songs for the creation of the 2008 Baptist Hymnal and the associated website. Nelson supervised the production of this recording, the largest recording project ever in Nashville, which took 10 months to complete with five production teams. The "SongMap" technology developed by LifeWay Christian Resources is based on his ideas of song manipulation.
|Tunes by Greg Nelson (13)||As||Instances||Incipit|
|[Man of Sorrows, what a name]||Greg Nelson (Arranger (last st. and choral ending))||1||55531 17665 17655|
|HUDSON (Hudson)||Greg Nelson (Arranger (last st. and choral ending))||1||13213 54356 54321|
|GORDON (Gordon)||Greg Nelson (Arranger (last stanza setting))||1||13443 21327 71134|
|CRUSADERS' HYMN (111271)||Greg Nelson (Arranger (last stanza))||1||11127 13333 42351|
|THIS IS OUR FREEDOM||Greg Nelson (Composer)||2|
|[Solo Cristo, solo él]||Greg Nelson (1948- ) (Composer)||2||32216 75165 36323|
|[Hear the story from God's Word]||Greg Nelson (Composer)||2|
|FOR ALL THESE THINGS||Greg Nelson (Composer)||3||12314 32231 43223|
|JESUS LORD TO ME||Greg Nelson (Composer)||4||31433 43225 3216|
|SAVIOR (Farrell and Nelson)||Greg Nelson (Composer)||4|
|SO BLESSED||Greg Nelson (Composer)||4|
|LAMB OF GLORY||Greg Nelson (Composer)||8||51276 52131 15312|
|PEOPLE NEED THE LORD||Greg Nelson (Composer)||13||17164 17156 77765|