Steven Sharp Nelson
|Steven Sharp Nelson|
Nelson in 2014
July 5, 1977 |
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
|Associated acts||Jon Schmidt, The Piano Guys|
When Nelson was seven, his father decided each of his children would learn to play an instrument invented before the 1800s. He initially tried the violin but found a passion for the cello. In 2002, he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in music and later earned a master's degree in public administration. Prior to joining The Piano Guys, he worked in real estate.
Nelson credits his father for inspiring his passion for music. He credits God for his success but says that he does not want to push his beliefs on others or make others feel pressured by his music. Nelson is Mormon. As part of his faith, Nelson participated in a mission to South Korea.
Nelson and his wife, Julie, have four children.
In 2006, Nelson was a real estate developer, describing his music as an escape rather than a vocation, and didn't expect music to become his primary career. Nelson signed to Stone Angel Music, an independent record label founded by Paul Cardall in 1999. He released his first solo album in 2006, Sacred Cello, earning a Pearl Award for Best Instrumental Classical Album. The song reached the Billboard charts top 20 classical recordings. Nelson and The Piano Guys signed with Sony Masterworks in 2012. He has also played with the China Philharmonic Orchestra. Nelson released two other solo albums: Tender Mercies in 2008, followed by Christmas Cello in 2010.
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