ARVIAN NELSON DUVAL
Born to Mr. And Mrs.
Adolphus and Henrietta Nelson in St. Croix USVI, Arvian
is the youngest among her siblings Bridget Nelson Hodge,
Stephanie “Empress Auset” Nelson and Terrence “Positive”
Nelson. She attended St. Croix Central High School from
1987 – 1989 and completed her 12th grade year
at Enloe High School in Raleigh, NC in 1990 where she
graduated and obtained her High School Diploma. She
graduated suma cum laude from St. Augustine’s College in
Raleigh, NC and obtained a bachelors degree in
Chemistry. She later received a Masters degree with
honors in Organic Chemistry from NC A&T State University
in Greensboro, NC in 1997.
As a child, Arvian
always had a fascination for singing, dancing, writing
poetry, writing songs and becoming a chemist; she has
managed to do all and successfully maintained them
through the grace of GOD. Her love for singing led her
to becoming a songwriter at the age of 13 which she
continues to do in her spare time. Her songs encompass
a variety of music genres and are typically based on
realistic situations from personal experiences,
experiences of others, local and global issues.
“Sparkles” and her sister, Stephanie A.K.A. “Empress
Auset”, have often sung together for numerous events
throughout the years. After many years of singing
together, in February of 2005 with persistence and
determination from her sister Stephanie, they decided to
come out with their own CD. Collectively, they are
called “Positively Nelsons”. Their first CD entitled,
“No More Tumble Weed” contains 11 tracks of a variety of
styles and formats and is expected to be in selected
stores on July 29, 2005.
Seen to be a
well-rounded and fun individual, Arvian has been
involved in a vast amount of activities and has held
various positions including but not limited to choir
director and youth director at The Altona Baptist Church
in St. Croix USVI, choir director at Joy and Deliverance
Christian Church in Raleigh, NC , choreographer for the
Caribbean Cultural Explorers Dance Group in Raleigh, NC,
assistant cook for Ethnic Cuisines Caribbean Catering in
Raleigh, NC and the founder/sponsor of the Formal
Caribbean Swareh and the Annual Island Fire Pageant in
Currently, Arvian is
a project manager with a pharmaceutical/biotech company
in RTP, NC. She is married to Garfield Duval and has
two lovely children, Garian and Ariana Duval.
better known as Empress Auset was born and raised on the
auspicious island of St. Croix to Adolphus and Henrietta
Nelson. She attended St. Croix Central High School and
is a proud graduated of the class of 1984.
college in St. Thomas, UVI and Saint Augustine’s College
in Raleigh, North Carolina. At Saint Augustine’s she
was a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Stephanie graduated Suma Cum
Laude in 1990 from Saint Augustine’s College with a
Bachelor of Arts degree. Later she attended Cambridge
University where she studied for her master degree in
Stephanie is the
proud mother of four boys; Trevon, Khalil, Carl-Michael
Jr., and Zion. Trevon “Island Shadow” Nelson, the
former Jr. Calypso King for four consecutive years is
the eldest of them all.
Stephanie loves to
sing. She has been singing in church from a very young
age to the current date. Besides singing, some of her
other hobbies include sewing, hair braiding, cooking and
Her sister Arvian,
aka “Sparkles” and herself have been singing gospel
duets, etc. for several years, both in St. Croix and
Arvian intend to keep on singing and blessing other
people with the gift that God has bestowed upon them.
They thank God for all that he has done thus far and
recognize that he is the omnipotent one. Whether you
call him Jah, God or otherwise, there is only one and
everyone needs to recognize that, says the sisters.
Stephanie and Arvian give him praise and honor for all
their accomplishments in life.