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I was born in Durban, South Africa, and raised in a wonderful Christian family. My first experience with the Lord was in Empangeni, Zululand, where a wonderful man of God, Neville Pringle, sowed the seed in my formative years. Neville taught me about the need for spiritual growth and maturity and became my mentor and was so until he passed away shortly after retiring from full-time ministry. I started playing music semi–professionally in my teens and turned professional in the early 1980’s. In 1990 I got what my Dad called a 'real job' and moved into the FMCG industry which led me to Cape Town.

I played for a band called Night Shuttle which was a lot of fun. I had started writing my own material as a youngster, but started to escalate this in the 1980’s from the start of my professional music career. In 2000 I met up with James Stewart of The Usual and, with his assistance; put an EP together featuring 3 of my songs. The EP received immediate airplay on several community stations and before I knew it we were putting an album together. I released my first album Diversity an Acoustic Afro-Rock – styled collection in September 2003 which got to third place in the South African SAMP3 Album Charts. The featured track “Time to Change” peaked at number 2 on the SAMP3 charts being for the most downloaded mp3’s at that time. The album received great media support with my favourite review being that of Sylvester Haskins of The Star newspaper writing; “Positively kicking with energy, Grant Nuss’s Diversity is a hit!” Thanks Sylvester!

The follow up album to Diversity, Beyond the Sky was released in March 2006. The album was a collection of Contemporary Christian Rock songs written in Cape Town Lagos, and Ghana as the Lord used me as a Worship Leader there. The album included the amazing contemporary song Deeper featuring Tom Fox [Bright Blue / The Usual] on guitar and keyboards, Peter Cohen [Mango Groove/Freshlyground] on drums, and James Stewart [The Usual] on backing vocals. This song continues to be played on several community stations throughout South Africa and Ghana. Deeper received much airplay throughout 2006 both on secular and Christian stations alike, charting on a couple of them. Beyond the Sky was listed at most leading secular and Christian music retailers throughout South Africa.

Souled Out…For Jesus was written predominantly whilst we were in Tanzania and released in 2007. It is different in both style and musicianship. It features a collection of Praise and Worship songs which have received quite a bit of airplay of late throughout South Africa.  In March 2008 the Lord made it clear that I needed to follow His path into full – time Ministry which I have done. Thanks to an amazing couple who were obedient to word given to them by the Lord I was able to study at Cornerstone Christian College toward my Bachelor of Theology degree graduating at the end of November 2010. Cornerstone Institute as it is now called, is a profound learning experience and, arguably, the finest theological college around. I have recorded 'half' of the next album, but, having been in full-time ministry for the past three years, this has been put on hold due to lack of funds! We, as a family, are thrilled to be back home in Cape Town after pastoring a church in Durban for three years. I have gone back to my Cornerstone Institute roots initially lecturing both in Theology and Sociology, took over the marketing role for a year but have since resigned that role choosing to focus on teaching,  leadership development and whatever the Lord is leading the family and I into.