Nelson began “a revolution in Jewish music” by combining Jewish liturgical lyrics with one of America’s best-known indigenous musical forms: gospel. Thus, kosher gospel music was born. For Nelson, kosher gospel is a way to claim both parts of his identity as a Black Jew.
At the age of eight, he discovered an album by Mahalia Jackson, the Queen of Gospel, in his grandparents’ record collection and fell in love with her singing. During his teens and early twenties, he became widely celebrated as a gospel singer who was continuing Jackson’s legacy.
Now in his early thirties, Nelson has performed around the world, for Presidents, congregations, major music festivals—and for Oprah, who named him a “Next Big Thing.” He has produced an album, Mi Chamocha, sung with stars from Aretha Franklin to the Klezmatics, and served as the subject of the acclaimed documentary film Keep on Walking.
Nelson also passes on his musical gift as an artist-in-residence at congregations across the country, including at his home synagogue of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, a Reform congregation in South Orange, New Jersey, where he taught Hebrew School for 15 years.
Nelson, the Prince of Kosher Gospel, brings people—and cultures—together in joyous song.
Clifford Seresky, longtime member of Temple Beth Abraham, established the Phyllis R. Seresky Cultural Fund in Phyllis’ memory to be used toward musical events/concerts, and the event is made possible by a generous contribution from this fund.
VIP ticket holders are invited to a private reception after the concert to meet Josh Nelson.
Event Location: Temple Beth Abraham
1301 Washington Street, Canton, Massachusetts, 02021
1301 Washington St
Canton, MA 02021
$36.00 General admission (advance)