Nelson is sponsored by Roland (www.rolandus.com) through Anderson Accordions.
Dubbed "Bon Scottsman" by fans Nelson has been a musician for 35 years in such diverse musical genres as rock, Celtic, funk, punk, blues, folk, jazz, pop, and classical. He is a singer/songwriter/producer who plays several instruments including piano, guitar, accordion, bass, mandolin, sax, harmonica, bodhran, and various other drums. When Nelson is not performing with the AMERICAN ROGUES he also appears with Celtic punk band, The Saints Are Coming.
Nelson was a founding member of the popular Celtic rock band, The Swinish Multitude. When the Swines later reformed as The FictionMakers he became their lead singer and chief songwriter. Nelson has recorded with various artists as a studio musician and has shared the stage with Jully Black, Haydain Neale, Tom Wilson, Our Lady Peace, Big Sugar, Ashley MacIsaac, Leahy, Kilt, Queen Cee, and The Mahones. Prior to the Rogues show with the U.S. Air Force Orchestra the highlight of Nelson's musical career was headlining gigs by The FictionMakers at the Horseshoe Tavern and the Opera House, as well the El Mocambo, site of legendary shows by U2, the Rolling Stones, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He continues to write, produce and record in his own facility, Mayhem Studios. The newest, award-winning Rogues album, 3 LBS. OF RAGE, was recorded at Mayhem. Nelson has helped to raise funds and performed for various charities including the Cancer Society's Relay for Life, the S.P.C.A, the Good Shepherd, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the Canadian Diabetes Assocation, and Interval House. He was inspired to create DEAKSTOCK in 2007 to provide assistance for Armed Forces Veterans through the close friendship he has with various members of the military and through the deep respect he has for those who keep us safe.
Nelson graduated from McMaster University on the Dean's Honour List with a double major in English and History. He also received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario, again on the Dean's Honour List. He teaches in Canada where he also conducts a stage band, a funk band, and a concert band, and coaches soccer and football. Nelson is Assistant Producer of a large, multi-cultural Martin Luther King Day concert held in Canada, and he regularly performs at annual Black History Month concerts. His school bands recently recorded their first album in their classroom. Entitled Rock & Soul, the album includes songs by Stevie Wonder, the Police, the Bar-Kays, the Beatles, Queen, Blink 182, Ozzy Osbourne, and Isaac Hayes, among others. His passion for education has led to his nomination for a Profiling Excellence Award, a series of designations recognizing and honoring exemplary programs and achievements within his school board.
Nelson is a contributing writer to the SENDS Science of Cyberspace White Paper, created by his good friend Dr. Carl Hunt, and he has been a writer for the SENDS Blog. Nelson has also been an early adopter in the use of cyberspace socio-technological convergence to popularize both the Celtic music genre and the other bands with which he has performed. He and his bands have pushed the envelope of cyberspace to produce, disseminate, entertain and solicit new opportunities through constantly growing interconnections. To learn more about SENDS please visit www.sendsonline.org.
In his spare time Nelson plays hockey, soccer, and golf (under the watchful eye of his golf pro, Dr. Carl Hunt), swims, reads, and wrestles with his cat Pablo. He also loves to spend time with his favorite person, his wife Jeania. His family and friends are his religion. He collects books, instruments, movies, sports memorabilia, and music. His autograph collection includes Steve McQueen, John Lennon, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Dean Martin, Bobby Orr, Charlton Heston, Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, U2, Miles Davis, The Clash, Wayne Gretzky, all of the James Bond actors, Terry Kath, Chris Martin, Hugh Hefner, Rod Stewart, President Barack Obama, Carroll Shelby, JFK, Steve Yzerman, Brad Park, Michael Ondatjee, and most of Team Canada 1972. While he loves all kinds of music, some of his favorite performers are: U2, Elvis, Coldplay, the Stones, the Beatles, Keane, Sam Cooke, Led Zeppelin, the Clash, Dave Matthews Band, Dean Martin, Muddy Waters, Ocean Colour Scene, Parliament, the Waterboys, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Johnny Cash, New Order, Billy Bragg, Manic Street Preachers, Howlin' Wolf, James, the Stereophonics, Rob Dickinson, the Cure, Hunters & Collectors, Angels and Airwaves, Muse, and the Smiths. He is a supporter of Manchester United, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Team Canada.
His favourite car: Shelby GT500. His favorite actor: Steve McQueen. Hands down.
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