Nelson Rangell 在与GRP Big Band的合作中参与了非流行/爵士风格的高音演唱，但Nelson本身的演绎生涯却是以流行/爵士乐为主调的。他在上世纪90年代为GRP灌录的唱片使他一跃成为现代流行爵士乐的焦点。
Rangell在1987年正式开始了自己的独创艺术生涯，在Gaia旗下发表了专集《To Begin Again》。两年后，他转签至GRP名下，并发表了专集《Playing For Keeps》。他的第二张专集立即成为现代爵士乐坛的新宠，随后便每发行一张专集，其欢迎程度也便逐渐增长。接下来他发行的四张专集——1990年的《Nelson Rangell》，1992年的《In Every Moment》，1993年的《Truest Heart》以及1994年的《Yes Then Yes》——均处于现代爵士乐最受欢迎专集之列。除了发行独唱专集以外，Rangell还参与了GRP All-Star Big Band室内及室外的音乐制作。
1994年，在发行的《Destiny》这张专集中，Rangell加入了黑人灵魂音乐中的hip-hop节奏。1997年，专集《Turning Night Into Day》又紧接着面市，随后的第三年，专集《Far Away Day》又新鲜出炉了。
by Scott Yanow & Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nelson Rangell has primarily played pop-jazz throughout his career, although he did a credible job playing some soulful alto with the straight-ahead GRP All-Star Big Band. The records he cut for GRP in the early 90s made him into a popular contemporary jazz attraction in the David Sanborn tradition.
A native of Denver, CO, Rangell learned how to play flute at the age of 15, and within six months, he was studying music at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Shortly afterward, he learned the saxophone, and in 1979 he won Down Beats Best High School Jazz Soloist competition. Following his graduation from high school, he attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston; this time, he won the Down Beat contest on the college level. In 1984, Rangell moved to New York. He spent three years in New York playing clubs and working as a sideman, not only on jazz sessions, but also on jingles and pop records.
Rangell finally began his solo career in 1987, releasing To Begin Again on the Gaia label. Two years later, he moved to GRP, where he released Playing for Keeps. His second album became a major contemporary jazz hit, and with each subsequent release, his popularity grew. His next four albums — Nelson Rangell (1990), In Every Moment (1992), Truest Heart (1993), Yes Then Yes (1994) — were all popular on the contemporary jazz charts. In addition to recording his solo albums, Rangell was involved in the GRP All-Star Big Band, playing both in the studio and on the road.
Destiny, an album that found Rangell incorporating hip-hop rhythms into his sound, was released in 1994. It was followed in 1997 by Turning Night into Day; Far Away Day appeared three years later. In 2003, Rangell released his 12th album, the typically smooth and eclectic Look Again, followed by a collection of Christmas essentials (All I Hope for Christmas) and the instrumental pop tribute album My American Songbook, Vol. 1. Soul to Souls was released in 2006.