Jonathan Nelson

Popular gospel singer Jonathan Nelson was born in Baltimore, Maryland to James Nelson, a pastor and was raised in the church. His mother served as first lady, and his relatives were musicians, all of which led the budding artist to the Baltimore School for the Arts and Morgan State, where he studied choir.

He first found success with a pair of Columbia-issued albums in 2008 and 2010, but it was his chart-topping third album, Finish Strong (2013), that put him on the map.