Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, gospel singer/hymn writer Jonathan Nelson was raised in the church. His father was a pastor, his mother served as first lady, and his relatives were musicians, all of which led the budding artist to the Baltimore School for the Arts and Morgan State, where he studied choir.
Nelson hit it big as an executive with a computer software company, but nearly lost everything in the 2001 dot-com collapse. It was then that he began composing the songs that would eventually earn him a number one spot on Billboard’s gospel chart. Backed by his vocal ensemble, Purpose, Nelson released his major-label debut, Right Now Praise, in 2008.