For the past year I have been thoroughly entranced by the talents of a stunning group of videographers & musicians taking YouTube by storm. They call themselves The Piano Guys; featuring musical artists Jon Schmidt (Piano) and Steven Sharp Nelson (Cello) and filmed by video artists Paul Anderson,Tel Stewart, Al van der Beek, and Shaye Scott, with a recent premiere of Shaye’s wife, Amanda Scott (Vocalist).
These guys are daring enough to take expensive instruments outdoors on location to remote Utah locations like Snow Canyon, the Great Salt Lake Flats, The Thanksgiving Point garden, and a Southern Utah Desert. Just to name a few. They incorporate some killer time lapse photography, and if you haven’t seen the editing masterpiece of Steven’s 8 Cello Solo be sure to watch it here!
I’ve personally attended several LIVE concerts over the years featuring Jon Schmidt. In the Mountain West, Jon is nothing short of a superstar. He is one of the most passionate and entertaining pianists I have ever known (regularly doing backflips off the stage, and even playing upside down). He also has a heart of gold, and donates much of his time sharing his talents with youth groups, entertaining care center residents and raising funds for charities. Jon and all of his creative “Piano Guy” team have remained a few of Utah’s “best kept secrets”, until now. Thanks to YouTube, they are becoming a global sensation.
The Piano Guys are not only good at what they do, they make people feel good. Did I mention, all of these awesome people are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Yep! Mormon musicians tend to be very irresistible folks. So, I encourage you to check out their stunningly beautiful videos, and consider subscribing to their YouTube Channel so you don’t miss their weekly releases. (and in case you were wondering…no, this wasn’t a paid advertisement, and they didn’t ask me to write this post…I’m just another addicted fan). – MoSop