Ken Nelson | "The Gift Of Love"

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"The Gift Of Love"

by Ken Nelson

Celebrate the "reason for the season" with this 14-song holiday treasury of soon-to-be Christmas classics.
Genre: Holiday: Kids/Family
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1. The Christmas Present
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2. Hallelujah, Hosanna!
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3. A Quiet Night, A Quiet Star
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4. Happy Birthday, Dear Jesus
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5. My Christmas Prayer
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6. Rejoice! Rejoice!
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7. The Lord Is My Shepherd
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8. Mary Answered Yes
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3:03 album only
9. Shalom
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10. Follow The Star
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11. The Gift Of Love
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4:09 album only
12. Adam's Song
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13. Has Christmas Been Born In You?
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14. Christmas Lullaby
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Celebrate the "reason for the season" with Ken Nelson's latest release "The Gift Of Love", a 14-song holiday treasury of soon-to-be Christmas classics performed with the Crystal Lane Singers.

"I will praise the name of God in song..." (Psalm 69:31).

Now available exclusively at CD Baby and select Borders stores nationwide, "The Gift Of Love"--Ken Nelson's latest album release from his private label Hobo-Ken Records--does just that! "The Gift Of Love" celebrates the true "reason for the season", the birth of Jesus Christ some 2,000 years ago, in story and song.

"The Gift Of Love" includes 14 brand-new, unique and original soon-to-be Christmas classics, all written by the award-winning team of brothers Ken and Scott Nelson, in collaboration with acclaimed "Day Of Discovery" composer and performer John Daniels (musical director on Nelson's 2004 international hit "Strange Kisses", available through CD Baby) and Gospel music legend Bob Wills.

A departure from the Sinatra-style standards Nelson is well-known for (check out his "Let's Swing...A-Ding-Ding!", also available through CD Baby), this nearly hour-long compact disc is an eclectic mix of various musical styles from Jazz and Calypso to Folk, Praise, Gospel and more! It is certain to become a treasured addition to your family's holiday music collection, setting a new standard for the genre. Several of the songs...including the title tune...were introduced in Nelson's Richard Rodgers Award-nominated musical "A Country Christmas Carol" (I.E.Clark Publishing), while others were written especially for this recording.

Start a Yuletide tradition this year with "The Gift Of Love". Unlike anything you and your family have experienced before, this amazing CD is full of "good news" for today and every day! There is truly something for everyone. Each track is lavishly arranged and orchestrated by the multi-talented John Daniels and performed by Ken Nelson with the Crystal Lane Singers, a back-up group consisting of Scott Nelson, John Daniels and assorted family members.

"The Gift Of Love" has been featured on TBN, PAX (ION) and DAYSTAR television's "Life Today" with James Robison and "Legends 770" KAAM Radio, which called the album "(Nelson's) best CD yet!". But, that's only the beginning. Churches of all denominations have requested arrangements to the songs for use in holiday pageants and services. Nelson's own parish plans to have the children's choir perform excerpts annually as part of Christmas Eve mass. This seems appropos, since a portion of the proceeds from the sale of "The Gift Of Love" benefits the Christian Children's Fund.
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This past Christmas, in conjunction with the U.S.O., advance copies of "The Gift Of Love" were sent overseas with military personnel being deployed to the Middle East. This donation allowed our brave defenders to take a little bit of home along with them during the otherwise lonely holiday season...and to spread the good news of "Peace On Earth", the lyrics of which are printed in the liner notes: "Peace on Earth, a gift so rare...A present for the nations, Far beyond compare. Peace on Earth, Our Christmas prayer...God of all creations, Show us that you care.".

"The Gift Of Love" is a limited-edition release. Get your copies before they're gone. Order today!

Actor-Singer-Songwriter Ken Nelson is a member of AEA (Actors' Equity Association) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), and is eligible for membership in SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild), as well. In the past two decades, he has written, produced and directed over fifty stage plays and musicals, interactive dinner theatre productions, revues and one-acts in a variety of venues ranging from civic and community theatres to church, educational and for-profit houses. Both professional and amateur companies (including students) have performed in these works. Since 1999 (and the release of his debut CD "Let's Swing...A-Ding-Ding!"), he has traveled extensively with "Frank & Friends"--a tribute to Mr. Sinatra and his contemporaries. Audiences from coast-to-coast (New York, Los Angeles, Branson, Shreveport and beyond) have enjoyed his vocal stylings in this one-man show, accompanied by his brother, Scott.

Nelson has assisted in casting for television, film and commercial projects, worked as an on-set tutor, and for two seasons was on the crew of the "Dallas" TV series. Currently on sabbatical, he taught beginning acting and on-camera TV commercial workshops and was the children's director at Dallas' KD Studio, Actors Conservatory of the Southwest for twelve years, where he founded the Class A.C.C.T.* (*A Creative Children's Theatre) community outreach program, an off-shoot of his T.L.C. (Teens Living in Christ) youth drama ministry. He was also associated with the Dallas Summer Musicals School of Musical Theatre for three seasons following his tenure at KD Studio. Nelson is a former resident company member and acting teacher at Casa Manana Playhouse and Theatre School in Ft. Worth, Texas, as well.

Ken Nelson is an honors graduate of Rutgers University and Middlesex College in his native New Jersey, and the Film Actors' Lab and KD Studio, both in Dallas. He holds a BA degree in Mass Communications and an Associates in Liberal Arts with a minor in Theatre and is a T.E.A. (Texas Education Association) approved instructor of drama. While in college, Nelson interned at CBS and NBC television in New York City and in regional summer stock theatre with Plays-In-The-Park (Menlo Park, NJ).

For information on bookings, please contact Nels'n Co. Productions at 3024 Oakridge Drive, Bedford, TX 76021 or phone (817) 571-2303.

Nels'n Co. Productions is a multi-faceted entertainment provider featuring a wide variety of family-oriented programs including concerts, musical theatre, children's productions and fundraisers since 1989.


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Annette Marsh, Taps 'n Tunes Productions

Recaptures nostalgic holiday memories...
An absolute must-add to your Christmas collection! Ken Nelson's smooth crooning style shines through in these beloved songs. "The Gift Of Love" recaptures nostalgic holiday memories and brings back the true meaning of Christmas. Five stars!