He Looks Out of a Different Window

Song: “People Need the Lord”


For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him” (John 3:17). “I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, To You, O Lord, I will sing praises” (Ps. 101:1).

 Both Greg Nelson and Phill McHugh grew up in the Midwest: Greg is from Bismarck, North Dakota, and Phill from Aberdeen, South Dakota. As a team they have written scores of songs, some of which have already become standards and will be sung by Christians around the world until the Lord returns.

Greg said of Phill, his co-writer, the master poet, “He is a songwriter who has that certain ‘something’ that you can’t put your hand on—a gift from God. Wishing and hoping for his ability is fruitless. You can hone it, but you can’t own it completely, apart from God’s endowment. He looks out of a different window.”

Greg was born in 1948 into the home of musical parents, Corliss and Irene Nelson. He learned piano and theory from his mother. By age twenty-one Greg was conductor of the Bismarck Civic Orchestra, a position he maintained for several years. 

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