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EDITORS’ NOTES

The Piano Guys are further proof that viral videos can lead to record deals. After posting clips that mashed classical movements into well-known pop songs, The Piano Guys' YouTube channel became one of the world’s most popular. This led to them signing with Sony Masterworks, which released their eponymous 2012 album. Cellist Steven Sharp Nelson has an uncanny knack for sewing together melodies, as evidenced in the opening “Titanium/Pavane,” where he and pianist Jon Schmidt brilliantly weave David Guetta's "Titanium (Feat. Sia)" into Gabriel Faure's "Pavane." But blending songs is just one sliver of The Piano Guys' talents. In “Over the Rainbow/Simple Gifts,” they interlock the 1939 song from The Wizard of Oz with “Simple Gifts,” a Shaker hymn from the 1800s (which was also used by Aaron Copland in his ballet Appalachian Spring). Between cello and piano, Nelson and Schmidt work in bouncy reggae rhythms to give the song a spry and summery energy. Saving their best for last, a cover of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" features five musicians playing one piano.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Piano Guys are further proof that viral videos can lead to record deals. After posting clips that mashed classical movements into well-known pop songs, The Piano Guys' YouTube channel became one of the world’s most popular. This led to them signing with Sony Masterworks, which released their eponymous 2012 album. Cellist Steven Sharp Nelson has an uncanny knack for sewing together melodies, as evidenced in the opening “Titanium/Pavane,” where he and pianist Jon Schmidt brilliantly weave David Guetta's "Titanium (Feat. Sia)" into Gabriel Faure's "Pavane." But blending songs is just one sliver of The Piano Guys' talents. In “Over the Rainbow/Simple Gifts,” they interlock the 1939 song from The Wizard of Oz with “Simple Gifts,” a Shaker hymn from the 1800s (which was also used by Aaron Copland in his ballet Appalachian Spring). Between cello and piano, Nelson and Schmidt work in bouncy reggae rhythms to give the song a spry and summery energy. Saving their best for last, a cover of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" features five musicians playing one piano.

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About The Piano Guys

Technically, the Piano Guys are the duo of pianist Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson, but they're also a 21st century multimedia collective that includes Paul Anderson and studio engineer and writer Al van der Beek. Together they produce musical and video gems that mash up classical themes with pop songs that have made the group's YouTube channel one of the most visited on the planet. The group had its beginnings in St. George, Utah, where Anderson owned a piano shop. Schmidt walked in one day and asked if he could practice on one of the pianos for an upcoming concert. Soon Anderson and Schmidt were recording and making videos together, and with the addition of Nelson, posting them to YouTube. Things continued to grow and expand creatively with van der Beek aboard, and the collective's productions became joyous, thoughtful, and beautiful interactive musical videos that received millions of YouTube hits and brought the Piano Guys worldwide attention. After a self-released debut in 2011 called Hits, Vol. 1, an eponymous album appeared in 2012 via Sony Masterworks. It was followed by Piano Guys 2 in 2013 and a holiday album, Family Christmas, in 2014. Released that same year, Wonders proved to be the duo's highest-charting album to date, peaking at the number 12 spot on the Billboard 200. Two years later, the quartet returned with their sixth studio album, Uncharted. Coinciding with a sold-out show at London's Royal Albert Hall, the group issued their first best-of compilation, So Far So Good, in mid-2017. The album included a re-recording of the track "(It's Gonna Be) Okay," which featured guest vocals from Sir Cliff Richard. ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    St. George, Utah
  • FORMED
    2010

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