A Pleasant Shift | Posted June 14, 2012 Staff Reviewer
There are some very interesting things about Jason Nelson. He took over as pastor of his dad’s church. He’s very low key and is not big on being in the “spotlight.” He plays the bass, and he is a twin. His brother, Jonathan Nelson, is a fellow recording artist, songwriter and also is a preacher. Jason releases his first CD on Verity Records, titled Shifting the Atmosphere.
He writes or co-writes every song on the album with the exception of one. This man has a voice that will rival any crooner that is out there in either the mainstream or Gospel music industry. This album is about worshipping God, living in victory and encouraging those who are going through rough times.
“God is Good” gets things off to a rousing start with great musicianship and Nelson singing of the amazing things that God has done for His people. Proclamation and the taking back of things “stolen” from him are the focus on “Jubilee.” There’s a recurring theme throughout this release of being who God made you to be and having God’s grace and favor. “Favor” is about just that as Nelson and the singers admonish people to walk in their God-given destiny. The singers are so smooth even with this being a more upbeat song.
Leon Timbo--a good singer in his own right--joins Nelson on the beautiful worship song, “No Words.” When they reach the vamp, it is so easy to get lost in worship as they say things like, “You are my God. You Are.” Timbo and Nelson take turns talking about God’s beauty and his majesty. Powerful! “Nothing Without You” is a worship song that has more pop/adult contemporary feel to it.
“Don’t Count Me Out” is an inspirational ballad admonishing people to never give up on or underestimate those who follow Christ. With God’s help, Nelson assures that there is a king in him and “Goliaths (obstacles) to defeat”. Marvin Sapp, who has written colossal hits such as “Never Would Have Made It” and “The Best in Me” shares co-writing duties on this one. Nelson takes us to go old fashioned church on “Power In His Name.” Then he goes into a “praise break” with some hand-clapping and foot-stopping music to “shout” to.
The title track (and lead single) speaks of the power of praise and worship and how things change when God is lifted. The song is so sweet in the fact that Nelson and the singers are backed by only simple percussion and piano.
Closing Thoughts: Jason Nelson serves to encourage the body with these songs of praise, testimonies and the power of the tongue. The background singing is wonderful and the musicians, led by bassist Morgan Turner, are amazing. Gospel music fans will love it and those who want songs of encouragement, give Shifting the Atmosphere a chance. Well done Jason Nelson!