Jason Nelson
Shifting The Atmosphere

Pastor Jason Nelson is no stranger to the Gospel music industry. He wrote the title track for Marvin Sapp's 2007 project Thirsty, and released his own project "Place Of Worship" in 2008, which yielded a great song titled "Know It's Alright". (He is also the twin of Gospel recording artist Jonathan Nelson who is best known for his hit song "My Name Is Victory").

CD With Shifting the Atmosphere, on Verity Records, Jason Nelson's brand of music ministry is exactly what the Gospel music world is looking for. The 12-track project features an array of tempos, sounds, and is chock full of stellar lyrics. Nelson credits the development of his vocal styling to the likes of Fred Hammond, Eric Dawkins, Donnie McClurkin, and John Patitucci. Guest writers on the project include Marvin Sapp, Dana Sorey, and Aaron Camper. ( Listen to GOSPELflava.com's exclusive audio interview with Jason Nelson!)

The album opens up with a feel-good mid-tempo track titled "God is Good". It's a stand-out cut that is marked by the quality of Nelson's voice and a wonderfully blended fusion of background vocals. It's a song that is exactly what one might envision when thinking about a contemporary sound blended with some elements of traditional Gospel.

"Jubilee" has a Caribbean inspired drum sequence and bass line that will get you moving. Contrasting are reflective songs such as "Nothing Without You" and "No Words", which features Leon Timbo and has traces of CCM with its smooth, simple, free flowing sound.

Other highlights include "Dominion", "Don't Count Me Out", "Your Favor", and of course the title track, which is making major moves in radio.

Nelson does not leave the traditional Gospel sound behind. "Power In His Name" (and its reprise) are reflective of the Sunday Morning sound popular in charismatic churches worldwide. The musical composition, background vocals, and lead vocals bring zest and compliment the lyrical content of the work. Definitely worth checking out!

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Production: Jason Nelson, Dana Sorey
album release date: May, 2012
Verity Records

— review by Nakiyah Hayling

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