Gunnar Nelson continues the inspiring 100-year story of America’s most remarkable show business family. His grandparents, bandleader Ozzie and actress Harriet Nelson, achieved immortality with “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” television’s longest-running sitcom.
His father, Rick Nelson, emerged from the series’ popularity to establish himself as one of the most important rock artists of the ’50s and ’60s- selling over 100 million albums and landing in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So, with Gunnar NELSON’s (I Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection, the Nelsons landed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the only family to reach number one record status in three successive generations.
A singer, songwriter and performer since the age of six, Gunnar has written and performed one Number One and four Top 10 singles, four No. 1 MTV videos, has personally sold 3.5 million records, and performed thousands of shows to millions of fans worldwide. He is a multifaceted, multimedia entertainer and entrepreneur.
Gunnar Nelson recently collaborated with two musical legends when he recorded and sang with Yusuf (Cat Stevens) and Paul McCartney on Yusuf’s “Roadsinger” album. Gunnar recorded several tracks for “Roadsinger” in Nashville at Blackbird Studios including “Boots & Sand”, “Welcome Home”, “To Be What You Must”, “This Glass World” and “Roadsinger”. While Nelson and McCartney recorded in different locations – Nashville and London, they are both featured on “Boots and Sand”. Gunnar also performed side-by-side singing and playing acoustic guitars with Yusuf (Cat Stevens) in his first U.S. TV appearance promoting the album on “The Chris Isaak Show” on the bio channel.
Gunnar was also a featured soloist on Disney’s CARS soundtrack, “Lightning McQueen’s FAST TRACKS” singing, “Rockin’ Little Roadster” in 2006. He went back into the studio in Nashville to record another solo single, “Band in a Van” for Disney Records which will be part of an upcoming follow up soundtrack to CARS.
Gunnar co-founded celebrity all-star rock supergroup, “SCRAP METAL”, a real ‘Rock and Roll Rat Pack’. SCRAP METAL includes the original, celebrity front lead singers from MTV’s most popular bands of the 80s & 90s including Mark Slaughter (SLAUGHTER / “Fly to the Angels”); Eric Martin (MR. BIG / “To Be With You”); Jimi Jamison (former lead singer of Survivor/”Eye of the Tiger”); and twin Matthew Nelson (NELSON/”After the Rain”)… plus special guest Kip Winger (WINGER / “Seventeen”).
His record company, Stone Canyon Records, features NELSON’s nine album record catalog, as well as previously unreleased Rick Nelson masters. He’s been a VJ for MTV, a host for VH1, and a co-host of LIFETIME RADIO’S nationally syndicated morning show. Gunnar is also a standout reality TV star from VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club” successfully shedding 30 pounds to ensure his team’s victory. His TV and film production company, Grain of Sand, has created and placed a weekly sitcom with Fox and a six hour miniseries with CBS, and continues to aggressively develop Nelson-based programming. Plus, Gunnar recently launched a new philanthropic partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Center.
His award-winning website is updated daily, and keeps Gunnar personally and intimately connected to his supporters in 126 countries.
Following his concert tour with Peter Frampton and Styx, Gunnar and NELSON continues to perform sold-out shows around the globe. He plays seven instruments, writes children’s books, speaks three languages, races formula cars, cooks, can make you laugh… and most important of all: like all Nelsons before him, HE LOVES PEOPLE.