If you’ve made it to my little corner of the Internet, it’s probably because you either know me personally (or on Facebook), or someone happened to share one of my articles with you. If you’re the rare person who stumbled here accidentally, then I greet you with an especial welcome. What I do is not hard to discern, but since you’re here, I might as well give an explanation.

My name is Jay Nelsestuen. I was born in 1998 to two very loving parents, in Tucson, Arizona. I’ve lived here my whole life, and never really thought of moving anywhere else. I have three younger brothers, and two dogs, too. We’ve lived all over this dusty little city, but wherever we are, we always call it home.

I am a Reformed evangelical Christian. What does that mean, exactly? First and foremost, I am a Christian. This means I believe the gospel, that Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, who was God in human flesh, lived a perfect life and died a gruesome death to save me from my sins. He was raised to life on the third day, and ascended into heaven, where he sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding on behalf of his people here on earth. Second, I am an “evangelical,” which means I believe and proclaim that gospel, the “good news” (evangel) of salvation. In this way, the words are interchangeable and almost redundant. Third, I am Reformed, which means in my worship and in the practice of my faith, I follow the great tradition that grew from the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. I believe the Reformed tradition to be nearest to what the Bible, God’s Word, proclaims concerning those truths.

I am a musician. I began piano lessons at the age of 9, joined the choir in middle school, and began composing and arranging in high school. By the time I graduated, I knew I wanted to pursue music as a career. Currently, I am a music composition major at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California, hoping to graduate in the spring of 2020. It is my passion to see Jesus Christ honored in all areas of my life, especially in my music. Many of the compositions I write are on sacred themes or texts, but even for those that have secular texts, I strive for excellency. My Lord deserves nothing less than my best.

While this website started as a simple blog, it has since grown to also include my music, under the banner of Midtown Music Publishing, where I am the editor in chief. If you’d like to connect with me about my music or anything I’ve written on the blog, send me an email at jay.nelsestuen@gmail.com.
Take a look around the site to see if there’s anything you like. If you’ve made it this far, you’re obviously committed. I applaud you. Ciao!

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