"Emma Smith: My Story" actress Katherine Nelson hoping for musical success
Published: August 9, 2012 05:18PM
Updated: August 9, 2012 05:18PM


From historical accounts, Emma Smith was a strong, talented woman. She was one of the scribes for her husband’s translation of The Book of Mormon, and the founding president of the LDS Church’s Ladies’ Relief Society auxiliary. In addition, six hymns she composed were published in the first issue of The Evening and the Morning Star, an early church periodical.

That pioneer spirit of powerful womanhood — as well as music — is on exhibit throughout Katherine Nelson’s new album "Born Brave," released Aug. 1.

When you see Nelson’s face, you might think you’ve seen her before, and maybe you have. Nelson portrayed Emma Smith in the 2008 film "Emma Smith: My Story," directed by longtime Utah director T.C. Christensen and Gary Cook, which found a wide audience in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints community.

"I’ve been blessed to be able to do lots of things," said Nelson, a 33-year-old Kaysville singer-songwriter. "I would choose music as my No. 1 outlet."

With this album, Nelson — a Mormon mother of four — aimed to create a largely secular concept album about the struggles, sacrifices and honor of women. "I wanted to create something that women could relate to, and push them forward," she said.

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