~~April 24, 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.
The Piano Guys is the second studio album, and first on a major record label, by American musical group The Piano Guys. It was released on October 2, 2012 through Sony Masterworks. The album is composed primarily of covers and mashups of classical and popular music.
Today we are featuring “Nearer My God to Thee” from their first CD with a major record label.
“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.”
“Nearer, My God, to Thee” is a 19th-century Christian hymn by Sarah Flower Adams, based loosely on Genesis 28:11–19, the story of Jacob’s dream.
Genesis 28:11–12 can be translated as follows: “So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it ….”
The hymn is well known, among other uses, as the alleged last song the band on RMS Titanic played before the ship sank.
~~Nearer My God to Thee (for 9 cellos)~~
~~Uploaded on Sep 21, 2011~~
~~Story behind the song~~
This time we thought we’d reach back to our roots.
We rolled the cameras in a place where they have rolled many times before — Sundance, Utah. Steve has spent many summers there in a cabin built by his grandfather. It’s also where he proposed to his wife (she said yes, by the way). Such an incredible place of beauty and raw nature merited a piece of music that matched the setting.
This arrangement of Nearer My God to Thee was the first song Steve and Al recorded together. It is based upon and inspired by an arrangement of James Stevens for 9 voices (arranged for the BYU singing group “Vocal Point”).
For us music often is a spiritual experience — a way to connect with others, with nature, and with a loving God. This video is not meant to exclude those that do not believe in God. We hope everyone can find beauty in this music and relate it to how they feel when they experience joy—whether it’s joy from hiking in nature, spending time with family, serving others, or relaxing on a beach. Enjoy!
Filmed at Stewart Falls in Sundance, Utah
With this song, we complete the series for the first music CD. Lucky for us, there is a second one. We will continue The Series with the songs listed on the back of CD number two.
We aren’t done yet!!
We ALL are connected through MUSIC!!
We ALL are ONE!!