~~May 1, 2014~~
The Piano Guys are an American musical group consisting of Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek.
They gained popularity through YouTube, where they posted piano and cello renditions of popular songs and classical music. Schmidt and Nelson’s music is accompanied by professional-quality videos shot and edited by Paul Anderson.
Paul Anderson owned a piano shop in St. George, Utah. He met musician Jon Schmidt as the latter walked in to ask if he could practice there for an upcoming concert. Months later, Paul Anderson and Tel Stewart (then just for fun) started making videos together with Jon Schmidt. It was not too long after that they did their first collaboration with Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, and Al Van Der Beek as the studio and music technician. After the five of them started collaborating the group really started to take off, producing a music video each week and posting it to YouTube.
Several of the group’s YouTube videos have over 20 million views, while all of them have over 750,000. As of February 2014, The Piano Guys’ YouTube channel has over 345 million total video views and about 2,500,000 subscribers.
“OUR VISION IS TO CREATE MUSIC AND VIDEOS THAT INSPIRE & UPLIFT.
WHATEVER WE DO, WE PUT OUR HEART AND SOULS INTO EVERY NOTE AND FRAME.”
The Piano Guys 2 is the third studio album by American musical group The Piano Guys. It was released on May 7, 2013, by Portrait (a division of Sony Masterworks). The album made its chart début at number 38 on the US Billboard 200.
The deluxe version of The Piano Guys 2 comes with a DVD featuring 11 music videos.
Today we are featuring “All of Me” from their second CD with a major record label.
Jon Schmidt (born 1966) is an American pianist currently residing in Bountiful, Utah. He describes his style as “New Age Classical.” He was born to German immigrants who acquainted him with the works of such composers as Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin. He began songwriting at age 11. To date, he has released eight albums and seven piano books containing transcriptions of original arrangements.
He currently works with Steven Sharp Nelson on a project called The Piano Guys, which has proved quite popular.
His work is often described as New Age music with pop elements of hook and melody. His works were also featured on sample discs for the Iomega Hipzip Digital Audio Player with the pieces “Sacred Ground”, “All of Me”, and “Waterfall”. His influences include Mannheim Steamroller, Billy Joel, and Beethoven.
~~All of Me (Jon Schmidt)~~
~~Uploaded on Oct 3, 2011~~
Written when Jon was about 21, “All of Me” is one of his most popular original tunes.
Written by Jon Schmidt
Piano recorded by Chuck Myers & Jake Bowen at Big Idea Studio
Video produced by Paul Anderson & Tel Stewart
~~All Of Me – John Legend & Lindsey Stirling~~
~~Published on Oct 28, 2013~~
Thank you to John Legend!
His new album Love In The Future featuring the original version of “All Of Me”.
We ALL are connected through MUSIC!!
We ALL are ONE!!
Wonderful. I love love love, the John Legend song, this one is the one I continually go back too. It is the one I say, someday I want someone to feel this for me, to love my sharp edges.
It will happen … always keep the door open!!