Singer. Songwriter. Background vocalist. Actor. Model. Nelson is many things, and still none of these labels can adequately describe what a complete package this gifted artist is.
Nelson Beato was born on October 8 in Orange County, California. His love of music and desire to perform emerged early after listening to soul-stirring artists like Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Babyface, and Daryl Coley. It only took a few solo performances in church before he knew he was meant to be a professional musician. For this reason, he continued his education at the musically acclaimed Oakwood University; the same institution that counts Mervyn Warren, Brian McKnight, Take 6, Virtue, and members of Naturally 7 among its alumni. While earning a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing with a Minor in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy, Nelson took the time he needed to develop his craft and business savvy. The experience also developed his patience, tenacity, and commitment to his faith.
After graduating from college in 2008, Nelson returned to Los Angeles on a mission to become a professional singer, songwriter, and background vocalist performing on stage with the industry’s top entertainers and musicians. He was equipped with talent, education, drive, and humility. He was ready to pursue excellence, not stardom, and he was ready to realize his dreams. It was his time.
Nelson’s resume includes appearances on “American Idol”, “The Voice”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “America’s Got Talent”, “X Factor”, “Dancing with the Stars”, NBC’s “Sing-Off”, Ellen Show, The Oscars, The Grammys, The Emmys, and The BET Awards. He has worked with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Adele, Brandy, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, Patti LaBelle, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys, John Legend, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Janelle Monáe, Kim Burrell, Emeli Sandé, Charlie Wilson, Seal, Queen Latifah, Joe Thomas, India Arie, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, R. Kelly, Tyrese, Tank, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Patti Austin, Josh Groban, Mary Mary, Fred Hammond, Fantasia Barrino, Ledisi, Tamar Braxton, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Macklemore, Wynonna Judd, Rascal Flatts, Doobie Brothers, Garth Brooks, Joe Cocker, Nick Jonas, Toto, Demi Lovato, Adam Lambert, Leann Rimes, Paul Stanley, Silk, Sisqo, Troop, Color Me Badd, Imagine Dragons, and Jason Derulo. His voice can be heard on Katy Perry, Tori Kelly, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Jennifer Hudson, Guy Sebastian, Bebe Winans, and a host of other albums. He’s been featured on McDonald’s, Folgers, 94.7 The Wave, T-Mobile, AT&T, American Idol, and Hertz Rental Cars commercials. He was recurring on the hit Fox shows “Glee” and “Mobbed”. And he’s just getting started.
Nelson has a look, vocal style and tone that is uniquely his own. He is charismatic, witty, sincere, and has an uncanny ability to convince others to buy whatever he’s selling. He has that je ne sais quoi – the it factor – and growing list of impressive credits to prove it.
He lives by Proverbs 3:5-6 which says, “In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” Driven by faith and focus, Nelson Beato is on the road to greatness where success isn’t just a dream: it’s a guarantee.
Glee | The Today Show | Ellen | Sing-Off | American Idol | X Factor | The Voice| America’s Got Talent | The Tonight Show | Smash | DWTS