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Lead Me Home

by Camille Nelson

Relaxed, intricate acoustic guitar melodies of hymns accompanied by a string ensemble with guest artists, including her brother, Steven Sharp Nelson (The Piano Guys), Ryan Shupe and Alex Sharpe (Celtic Women).
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1. Amazing Grace
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2. How Great Thou Art
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3. Nearer My God to Thee
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4. Be Thou My Vision (feat. Alex Sharpe)
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5. Adelia
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6. Be Still My Soul
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7. Israel Israel God Is Calling
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8. Come Come Ye Saints (feat. Steven Sharp Nelson)
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9. Lead Me Home
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10. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
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11. Patterns of Light
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12. Count Your Many Blessings
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Album Notes
Classically trained in guitar and violin, Camille Nelson creates fresh and kinetic melodies combined with unique bodily guitar percussion. These compositions convey elaborate and heartfelt stories using the entirety of her instrument. Her songwriting style has been influenced from U2 to Johannes Brahms, while her playing style reflects influences from fingerstyle artists Kaki King and Andy Mckee. Audiences are introduced to elements of classical string arrangements with atmospheric guitars and vocals for a modern edge. Her debuted album Lead Me Home features relaxed, intricate acoustic guitar melodies of hymns accompanied by a string ensemble with guest artists, including her brother, Steven Sharp Nelson (The Piano Guys), Ryan Shupe and Alex Sharpe (Celtic Women). Camille's acoustic guitar music is relaxing and contemplative.

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bob Levoy

Very Relaxing Album
For my 764th review, I am proud to present the second album Lead Me Home by Camille Nelson a guitarist & violinist specializing in acoustic-driven folk music released August 18, 2017, on the Stone Angel Records label. This superb album blends elements of folk, classical, bluegrass, and new-age music and features relaxed, intricate acoustic guitar melodies of both traditional and original hymns accompanied by a string ensemble. This relaxing album features such great tracks as Amazing Grace, Be Thou My Vision (featuring Alex Sharpe), the title track Lead Me Home, Patterns Of Light, Be Still My Soul and so much more. This is a perfect album to listen to when you need to lower stress, pain and more because this is so relaxing. I was so impressed with how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to your music library and I am looking forward to hearing more from this amazing artist.
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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
Music is the panacea to cure all ills and put the mind at ease, as such Camille Nelson must be pretty proud of her achievement on her latest release entitled Lead Me Home.
Starting with a well-known classic like Amazing Grace is really something to live up to, but here on her version she has created something not only different, but dramatic and inspiring. The symphonic nature and the guitar seem to meld together in a symbiosis of musical cleverness, which makes this a most original arrangement indeed.
The originality of this next piece How Great Thou Art is also remarkable, once more the emotion is there, but a gentle performance style can be felt and heard and through the mix, the reflective and respectful energy of the piece can truly be felt too.
On Nearer My God To Thee, there is a slight tempo shift and arising of the rhythms, one that inspires the narration of the composition to flow like a summer brook. The folk styled performance here adds a whole new dimension to the arrangement as well.
As we move to the piece Be Thou My Vision, we hear a violin at the very beginning that is performed quite admirably by Nelson, this piece also features Alex Sharpe from Celtic Woman. For me this one was always going to be a winner, it seems to have followed me around all of my life, but until now I don’t think I have heard anything quite so beautiful.
Adelia is up next, the meaning of that name is noble and one can feel that through the tones of the song, that was written by Susie Brown. This solo guitar composition has a really light and proud feel to its construction, a moment of musical performance when the sun comes bursting in through your curtains is here in music for you.
Nelson’s uniqueness on guitar is fascinating and on Be Still My Soul we have a piece that seems to float and hover around us. The strings seem to reverberate with the energy of quietness and calm. This is one of the prettiest arrangements on the release without doubt.
On Israel, Israel, God is Calling, you will hear the talents of Dylan Schroer on Pedal Steel Guitar, when you hear the familiar melody you will probably remember it under the name, What A Friend We Have In Jesus. The performance here is light and sparkling and I also detected some rather nice harmonics in their as well, the percussive additions also added a real depth to the piece.
One of my favourites was Come, Come, Ye Saints, which also featured the skills of Steven Sharp Nelson the brother of the artist in the composition. This Mormon Hymn is steeped in a folk style, with an empowering percussive beat and is performed with such style and presentation, but it also has a certain level of power and posture, that makes it for me, the stand out track on the album.
The title track is now upon us, Lead Me Home, this empty canvas is the opportunity for the artist to illustrate their intention. Camille Nelson does this with flair and style and panache and adds a level of subtle intensity to the composition that really adds a wonderful level of charm to the overall arrangement.
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing featuring Ryan Shupe on Fiddle and Mandolin is next, the exquisite nature of both stringed instruments adds a new realm of depth to the song. This is a veritable wonderland of stringed instrumentation and a truly fascinating piece to listen quietly too.
The penultimate offering is fascinatingly and called Patterns of Light, this has such a wonderfully warm guitar leading the way, I would also rate this as a personal favourite of mine. As a guitarist myself, this is inspiring to hear, the gentle and careful build is delightful.
So we arrive at the very last port of call and it’s called Count Your Many Blessings, something I have been doing a lot of lately. This features Camille Nelson on piano, the first time it has been used on the album and this creates an opportunity for the multi-instrumentalist to leave us in style, which she does with grace and polish. The artist does herself proud her with the perfect finale to what has been an illuminating release.
Camille Nelson with Lead Me Home has proved me right, that although this is an album, as some may say, of the joys of religious communion, Nelsons music crosses borders that some would fear to tread, and as usual music is the key. There is something in this release for everyone, regardless of religious beliefs or not, if you step into this realm of music, you will be happy to have done so, some of the techniques, performances styles and instrumentation used, are innovative and as refreshing as a brand new day.
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Dyan Garris

The Perfect Christian Celebration Album
Camille Nelson “Lead Me Home”
The Perfect Christian Celebration Album
Album review by Dyan Garris, NewAgeCD.com
Camille Nelson’s newest release, “Lead Me Home,” is a New Age “crossover,” in that it is not traditionally “New Age,” yet not traditionally classical. It’s different, contemporary, refreshing, and undeniably uplifting to the spirit. That in itself makes it a perfect fit for the “New Age” category, and at the same time, it’s also a perfect fit for the Christian holiday season.

Camille is an accomplished fingerstyle guitarist and violinist specializing in acoustic-driven folk music. She is a gifted musician, hailing from a musical family; her father a violinist and her mother a professional opera singer.
Her brother, Steven Sharp Nelson, of the YouTube sensation, The Piano Guys, is a musical guest on “Lead Me Home,” as well as Ryan Shupe of Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband. Adding harmonic resonance is a small string ensemble, including another of Camille’s brothers, Matthew, plus sister-in-law, Julie, on violin.

“Lead Me Home” is 12 tracks, 45 minutes, consisting of a mix of traditional and original, primarily instrumental hymns. As a Christian myself, I am familiar with, but am not particularly fond of traditional hymns for purposes of listening pleasure. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from this album.

The album is a true and delightful surprise all through, rich in beauty and brimming with unpretentious authenticity. There is not one shred of “preachiness” here. Just love.

The album opens with what is perhaps the most famous and most familiar of all folk hymns, “Amazing Grace.” A rich, flowing, full-bodied, acoustic version, featuring Camille on violin, guitar, and piano, the interpretation is also interspersed now and again with her dreamy, ethereal vocals interwoven throughout. This song nicely sets the table for the rest of the aural feast. We feel a genuine sense of awe, deep peace, connection, and a definite longing for all that comes next.

The first thing that stands out straight away about the entire album, “Lead Me Home,” is the superior production quality. All of the arrangements are outstanding as well. Camille is signed with label, Stone Angel Music, and worked with executive producer Paul Cardall and producer and engineer Trevor Price to create this album. Stone Angel Music is an independent, award-winning record label and premier recording studio in Salt Lake City, Utah. They all obviously did quite a lot of things right in this production, as “Lead Me Home” charted #8 on the Billboard chart.

The stunningly beautiful first track, “Amazing Grace,” is followed appropriately with the also very beautiful, “How Great Thou Art,” another well-known favorite of hymn lovers.

Track 5, “Adelia,” is a lovely, melodic, delicate number, reminiscent of innocence and lullabies. Very relaxing and soothing. And with the exception of the breathtakingly beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace,” it is my favorite track on the album; one I found myself listening to again and again.

A well-known Latter-day Saint hymn, "Come, Come, Ye Saints," is track 8, and features Camille’s brother, Steven Sharp Nelson, “The Cello Guy,” of The Piano Guys. It’s a little heavier feeling hymn, originally penned by William Clayton in the year 1846. However, it’s uplifting in its own way, as it gently and persistently reminds us that no matter where we are, “all is well” as we travel on our journey.
The title track, “Lead Me Home,” track 9, is graceful and elegant and perfectly captures and embodies all of the heart-centered feelings of what “home” ought to be.

Track 10, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” a classic hymn from the 18th century, whose main theme is “divine grace,” is a sweet, flowy, richly textured, and beautifully arranged song featuring the superb artistry of Ryan Shupe on fiddle and mandolin. We can literally feel the grace shining down prolifically upon us.

The final track on the album, track 12, “Count Your Many Blessings,” is like a gentle beam of light reminding us softly that wherever we are or whatever we’re facing, to “let go and let God.” It’s the perfect ending to this lovely album, which is infused throughout with sweet passion, light, and love. Absolutely beautiful in every single note and in every way. Folksy, fresh, and contemporary.

In life, we invariably find ourselves led in various directions. “Lead Me Home” is definitely a direction you’ll want to go in. ~Dyan Garris for New Age CD.com
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Candice Michelle

Glowingly captivating acoustic guitar and string ensemble album
Camille Nelson is a highly-accomplished guitarist and violinist whose second studio album, Lead Me Home, was released on Stone Angel Music. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Camille also lived in Nashville, Tennessee for a couple of years, has visited more than 70 countries, and speaks English, German and Italian. Comprised of 12 compositions that feature renditions of traditional hymns and pieces composed by the artist, Lead Me Home is a glowingly captivating acoustic guitar and string ensemble album, which could be further described as a unique blend of classical, inspirational, acoustic-folk and contemporary instrumental styles with notable overtones of Celtic and Americana. Shane Mickelsen is the album’s conductor and string arranger, while an outstanding lineup of contributing musicians variably lend violins, viola, cello, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and pedal steel guitar.

The album opens with one of the most beautiful instrumental renditions of “Amazing Grace” I’ve ever heard, with acoustic guitar providing the lead melody amidst violin and a string symphony. Richly encompassing and warm with a crystal-clear resonance, Camille additionally lends a perfect vocal touch with her softly ethereal intonations, making this one of the most deeply moving compositions on the album. The following piece, “How Great Thou Art”, embodies the often lulling, soul-soothing essence that many of the compositions herein possess with its comforting melody and tender arrangement of strings and guitar.

My favorite piece on the album is a rendition of a traditional Irish hymn entitled “Be Thou My Vision”. Featuring the exquisite Celtic vocals of Alex Sharpe singing in Gaelic, this gorgeous arrangement also showcases emotive violin and velvety guitar with softer brushes of violin deftly mimicking bagpipes within the enveloping string ensemble. Songs like “Israel, Israel, God is Calling” convey a folksier feel with rhythmically acoustic and pedal steel guitar accompanying the violin. Another favorite is “Come, Come, Ye Saints”, which features Camille’s brother, Steven Sharpe, of The Piano Guys on cello. I especially like the woodsy percussive effect throughout, which seemingly guides the listener on a night journey across the Great Plains.

“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is another highlight possessing a notably Celtic bent, which showcases Ryan Shupe on both fiddle and mandolin. “Count Your Many Blessings” perfectly concludes the album with a current stream of softly resonating piano that’s accentuated by acoustic guitar and violin.

An utmost professional, sophisticated and inspirationally heartfelt album, Lead Me Home never comes across as being ostentatious or over-embellished. Deserving of widespread recognition, I was personally moved by these beautiful compositions, and left in awe of this artist’s immense talent and musicianship. What a refreshing listen!
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