Their songs transcend time. Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, revered for unforgettable past hits, explore fresh creative territory in the present. Magically melodic songwriting and soaring sibling harmonies ensure that this pair will be a vital part of the music scene’s future.
“After the Rain” was the hit debut album by Nelson, the band Matthew and Gunnar led in the early 1990s. They zoomed to No. 1 with “(I Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection”, had 3 Top 10 singles, 4 No. 1 MTV videos, and became massively popular overseas.
Every magazine from Rolling Stone to People did cover stories, and the twins performed on television shows like “Late Night With David Letterman” and “Saturday Night Live.” Critics tended to unfairly overlook Nelson, however, because of the brothers’ pin-up good looks … but that didn’t stop millions of fans from ‘getting’ what all the excitement was about.
With the rise of grunge rock in the mid-90s, pop music grew dark and foreboding. Matthew and Gunnar chose not to compromise their positive, drug-free posture to suit the trend. Those who continued to follow the brothers’ musical progress were rewarded with numerous gems on their seven subsequent albums on their own Stone Canyon Records label.
Matthew and Gunnar have rare insights into what it takes to earn longevity in the entertainment world. They continue the inspiring story of a most remarkable show business family. Their grandparents, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, achieved immortality with “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” the longest-running sitcom in television history. Earlier, the couple had enjoyed big band success and had scored a No. 1 hit in 1934.
Rick Nelson emerged from the series’ popularity to establish himself as one of the most important rock artists of the ‘50s and ‘60s with 60 million career sales and 3 No. 1’s of his own. So, with Matthew and Gunnar’s “(I Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection”, the Nelsons landed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the only family to reach No. 1 record status in 3 successive generations.
The world maintains its fascination with the Nelsons. The A&E Channel’s Nelson Family “Biography” episode is still the top-rated ‘Biography’ installment ever.
Nelson has always been synonymous with entertainment in America. Matthew and Gunnar see all forms of media as vital links to their fans. In 2005, NELSON toured extensively with Peter Frampton and Styx. They’ve now increased their television hosting work for VH1 and E!. . Gunnar is also the co-host of LIFETIME Radio’s nationally syndicated morning show.
Once again billed as NELSON, Matthew and Gunnar continue to perform sold out shows around the globe. Contributing to their audience’s extraordinary devotion is the fact that Matthew and Gunnar tirelessly try to please. They take time to meet and greet each and every fan following all performances … for in their own words, “Our people are everything to us.”
Due to unending requests, they’ve worked some Rick Nelson classics into their set. They perform them with respect and enthusiasm. “We figured it’s up to us to help keep his music alive,” Gunnar says. “Not only is it a true pleasure to play these great songs that people love, but it makes us feel profoundly closer to our best friend -our Pop.” What people now get when they come to see NELSON live is a set of wall to wall hits. You’d be hard-pressed to hear anything that wasn’t a Top 5 or above in some part of the world.
Defying any preconceptions, Matthew and Gunnar dazzle audiences of all ages. They carry on the family tradition, while carving out their own musical identities with grace, class, and passion. Their live show flat out ROCKS.
NELSON — music from yesterday, today and tomorrow
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