Happy Holidays music lovers! In the spirit of ’tis the season, my gift to you is an introduction to the incredibly talented John Mark Nelson.
Nelson is an up and coming artist who has been a favorite in the Minneapolis, Minnesota music scene. I was lucky enough to come across his newly released album I’m Not Afraid and I’m really glad I took the time to listen to it. Every song on this album is a hit. What I love about it is the fact that every song is uniquely his style and each track has its own vibe. Releasing this one under GNDWIRE records, this is the fourth album Nelson has released, his first one having been self released when he was still in Junior High School.
I have added Nelson’s album to my playlist and I want to make sure he’s on your radar. You will thank me later. As I thought about his sound and how to describe it to you, my contemplative inspiration came up with this:
If Ben Folds and Taylor Swift (1989 T-Swizzle not the country version of her) had a musical baby produced by Ryan Adams, the end result would be: John Mark Nelson.
Here is the first single of his new album titled: Dream Last Night. I love the sound of this song. I lose myself in the beautiful vocals and harmonies that comprise this melody.
Although I really enjoy grooving to this entire album, I am IN LOVE with his song Broken. I love his honest lyrics, his ethereal sound, and the fantastic rhythms that are the baseline of this track.
In the mood for more of soulful, complex, pop song that will remind you of the carefree joys of childhood (the watching Mr. Rogers days)? Feel like taking time to be a bit introspective?
Put this song on and just let it take you to happy memories. It puts a smile on my face when I listen to it. I realize that I just start to rock back and forth every time I hear it: After All I’ve Done.
I hope you have enjoyed getting to know this artist’s music.
John Mark Nelson, I hope we cross paths soon. I’m looking forward to seeing you perform and hearing more of your music live!
Support this artist and learn more about him here: John Mark Nelson! He’s on tour right now so make sure to catch him at a city near you: Tour FYI, he’ll be playing at the 2016 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. Road trip!
Have a great weekend! Thanks for listening!