U2’s newest album, “Songs of Experience,” was released today, December 1 and portions of the album were secretly recorded in a home studio in Brentwood with the help of many familiar Belmont names. Paul Nelson, a 2002 Belmont alumni, served as contractor/leader on the program, Avery Bright, a 2014 alumni, played the violin and Craig Nelson, a Belmont adjunct faculty member, played string bass.
Though Paul Nelson and his team never met or spoke with the band, as their communication was done via email and through a co-producer, the group was featured in a recent Tennessean article saying the chance to work on a Bono record was a fantastic experience. Nelson and the team — which included string arranger and group ‘frontman’ Brandon Collins and studio owner/engineer Doug Sarrett — contributed to three songs on the final album.
According to the article, their work is primarily heard in “Summer of Love’s” final minute.