The Nelons, a popular Southern Gospel trio, will be appearing at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Ward on Thursday at 7 p.m.

"We’re looking forward to coming to Ward. We’ve had this concert booked for awhile now. We’re excited," group member Jason Clark said in a recent phone interview.

The Nelons stand as one of the top groups in the modern scene of Southern Gospel music.

Their most recent album, "Come On Home," has been critically acclaimed and features their most recent single, "Excuse Me, Are You Jesus?"

"This is such a powerful song," Clark stated. "It was written by Bill and Gloria Gaither, along with Larry Gatlin. It’s about how a simple act of kindness or passion can change someone’s life. It is a lesson for all of us on how we should treat others."

Aside from being a great song, The Nelons filmed a video for "Excuse Me, Are You Jesus?" It was nominated for a People’s Choice Telly Award.

A Nelons concert is a special event. It is full of familiar songs and some new songs, while keeping the focus on Jesus Christ.

"We love performing live," Clark noted. "I absolutely love seeing hundreds of people sing to an audience of one, which is the Lord. So, we usually do some audience sing alongs, plus we do a lot of the songs people expect from us. Also, we will sit on the stools and sing some songs. I play guitar on some. It is just a mixture of all of that.

"When you stop and think about it, we are all different yet the same," he continued. "In an audience, we are all different. We have different names, appearances, preferences and opinions, but we come together to worship the Lord. God is good, and we owe so much to Him."

Aside from Jason, The Nelons consist of his wife, Kelly Nelon Clark and their daughter, Amber Thompson. They maintain a fairly busy schedule, taking their music to a wide range of audiences.

"We do about 100 to 150 concerts a year," Clark said. "We sing at all different size churches, and we do a lot of the Gaither Homecoming tours, which allows us to sing in front of a whole lot of people. We stay busy, but we love it. This is what we love to do. We love singing and seeing the world."

For more information on this event, call 501-843-3336.

Beebe writer Charles Haymes is a member of the Country Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association. Email him at