Tender Mercies: Sacred Cello

by Steven Sharp Nelson

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Featuring the Beijing Philharmonic Orchestra national best-selling cellist Steven Nelson delivers another beautiful collection of classics, spirituals, and originals that create a sweet atmosphere of peace. These pieces are elegantly performed and accompanied by popular guest artists such as; Jon Schmidt, Paul Cardall, Ryan Tilby, Marshal McDonald, and more. Songs include; "Come, Come Ye Saints", "Praise to the Man", "Homeward Bound", "Lead Kindly Light", and more.

1. Lead, Kindly Light (John Bacchus Dykes / John Dykes) 2:27
2. Come, Come, Ye Saints, hymn (William Clayton) 5:48
3. Gabriel's Oboe, theme from the film "The Mission" (Ennio Morricone) 2:27
4. Simple Gifts (Shaker Traditional) 3:59
5. Tender Mercies, for cello & orchestra (adapted from the "Africa" Symphony by Steven Sharp Nelson / Marshall McDonald) 7:00
6. Without You, for cello, violin & piano (Paul Cardall) 3:20
7. Thanks Be to Thee, for cello (adapted from Handel's "Messiah" by Steven Sharp Nelson /Everett Petersen) 3:34
8. New World, for cello & piano (adapted from the Largo from Dvorák's "New World" Symphony by Steven Sharp Nelson / Jon Schmidt) 6:33
9. Homeward Bound (Marta Keen Thompson) 8:40
10. Praise to the Man (folk song Scottish Traditional) 6:15

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  • About the Author

    Steven Sharp Nelson

    Steven Sharp Nelson is a pioneer in “cello-percussion”—an alternative performance method that combines traditional, lyrical cello techniques and unconventional pizzicato and percussive technique. He began studying cello at age 8, percussion at age 12 and guitar at age 17. He has invented a new method of playing the cello that combines elements learned from each of these instruments. He obtained a degree in music from the University of Utah School of Music, graduating in 2002. Nelson’s true cello career began when he was 15. He was recruited by Peter Breinholt to arrange string parts and perform with Breinholt’s band, Big Parade. Since then he has recorded on over 100 different albums ranging from folk & bluegrass to hip hop. He has also made his way as a solo artist. His first album Sacred Cello (2006) was atop the Billboard Charts. He has since two more solo albums that have also received significant acclaim (Tender Mercies, 2008 and Christmas Cello, 2010) Nelson is well known for his collaborations with pianist Jon Schmidt as The Piano Guys – most particularly in their mash-up arrangement of Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” and Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” a YouTube sensation. Schmidt and Nelson perform regularly together throughout the United States and the world.

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    Nothing short of beautiful
    By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

    I listen to this CD more than any other I own. This is most often just as I am about to go to sleep, because its peacefulness and inspiration go hand in hand. The cello is a beautiful instrument, and in this case so wonderfully used to express love for the gospel.

    In total Awe!
    By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

    This CD is wonderful. The title track, Tender Mercies is breath taking. I especially enjoyed the arrangement of Praise To The Man. Great, great CD!

    By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

    Tender Mercies is a wonderful collection of music. The deep tones of the cello combined with the moving music are the perfect way to start your sabbath day.

    A Gorgeous Recording!
    By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

    He's done it again. Making a full length cello album that kept me captivated. Every piece is exquisite. The full orchestra serene. The album begins with a beautiful solo piece followed by a powerful version of Come, Come Ye Saints with full orchestra. He does Ennio MOrricone's Gabriel's Oboe from the film The Mission which is one of the most beautiful songs I've heard. The entire album continues to flow with a few solo, then orchestra, and with piano and guitar. Thanks Steve for another fantastic recording. There is a very sweet spirit when I play this in my car to work.

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