Album Review: My More by Marques Nelson

A long way from gospel chapel on Wednesdays, My More comes out hitting on all cylinders. The rookie album from Pasadena’s Marques Nelson dropped this February with an assortment of classic APU jams and some never before heard material that will be sure to keep your church and your stereo bumpin’ well into the summer.

After working over 2 years on the album, this 29 year old keyboarding crooner with the voice of a young john legend mixes modern R&B with an old school gospel feel to give listeners 11 tracks of fresh and exciting generational confusion, just like watching Mello drop 45 in Madison Square wearing a throw back Knicks jersey.

“My two biggest musical influences are Fred Hammond and Kirk Franklin,” admits Nelson as he describes the thought behind some of his music. “Everything is in that CD, my whole life up to this point. The good, the bad, the ugly failures, and successes. In almost all of my songs the very first line starts with what I’m feeling at that exact moment. Then I realize that I actually have to write a song and I begin to construct something that is actually listenable.”

Some of the highlights of the CD are the album’s namesake My More which introduces listeners to a musically harder and more political Marques while maintaining the lyrical compassion and hope that audiences have come to appreciate and expect. Calvary slows it down and then swells to an epic choral finish with help from the voices of Kesha Shantrell and Whitney Wood as Nelson takes a look at God’s persistent love for a seemingly ever resistant people. And of course Your Grace is back with a clean and polished feel that will bring old fans of the number one chapel jam and new listeners alike to their feet…and sometimes dance.

While Nelson writes his own music and lyrics, there are 7 other singers and 3 other musicians on the album. Jonathan Holley, whose rap vocals appear on L.O.L. and Long Live the King co-wrote the later with Nelson. Of working with Nelson on the composition, Holley said, “It’s rewarding when people legitimately like the song and can connect with it for worship.”

When asked what the take away for listeners is Nelson says, “What they need most. Hope Covered in Rhyme. That’s the music. That’s the message. But to answer your question, hope…and some quality music they can jam to.”

To test drive the album go to Nelson has an upcoming trip back to South Africa this summer in which he and other students and alumni from APU in conjunction with Bethel Church will be visiting with a non-profit in South Africa to work with aids-orphans and teach the gospel. This is Nelson’s third trip to Africa and any donations over and above the cost of the CD made through his website will help pay for the trip. Please specify “South Africa Trip” if you wish to donate. So whether you have a heart for helping missions work or are just looking for some new jams to add to your ipod check out My More by Marques Nelson on sale now.


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