Matthew Nelson became an MTV fixture with the 1990 release of his band NELSON’s triple-platinum debut album, After The Rain. But, despite his fresh-faced pinup appeal and show biz pedigree, it was his commercially savvy pop-metal tunes that turned the twin son of the late rock n’ roll idol and Hall Of Famer Ricky Nelson (and grandson of ‘50s TV icons Ozzie and Harriet Nelson) into a third-generation star. In fact, the Nelson family is the only family in entertainment history with 3 generations of #1 hitmakers according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Matthew also shines as a bassist. He plays fretted and fretless bass and is one of the very few masters of the 12 string bass. Producer Jack Ponti calls Matthew “the best bassist I know” and uses him on all his sessions. He’s been the session bassist for the American Music Awards for the last three years. And last year, Matthew was invited to tour playing bass for Avril Lavigne — which he turned down due to his own headline entertainment touring commitments.
Matthew and his twin brother Gunnar recently reunited NELSON rock band after 15 years. NELSON is scheduled to perform at the upcoming 2009 ROCKLAHOMA festival in July. VH1 has ranked NELSON’s “Love and Affection” as one of the “100 Greatest Songs of the ‘90s”.
NELSON rock band had (5) Five Top 40 Billboard hits, (4) Four #1 MTV videos and sold over 4 million albums worldwide!
Besides touring, Matthew can be seen on VH1’s upcoming primetime event series, “The Great Debates”.