He went full-time with The Piano Guys in May of 2011 and plays the roles of music producer, songwriter, sound engineer, vocalist, prankster and fashion police.  After signing with Sony in 2012, all four quit their jobs to pursue their joint musical career. Cool J and Color Me Badd.
A password reset email has been sent to the email address on file for your account, but may take several minutes to show up in your inbox.  In the videos, Schmidt is seen playing a variety of Yamaha grand and baby grand pianos, while Nelson plays custom acoustic and electric cello.  A fifth album, Uncharted, was released in 2016, followed by a second Christmas album, Christmas Together, the following year. As a result, Al taught himself to play multiple instruments by ear — Guitar, drums & piano are a few of his favorites.
 A new album entitled "10" is going to be relesed on November 20th, 2020 as a celebration of their 10 year anniversary, and of their 10th album so far.
During high school Al formed a Hip-Hop group called 4-On-The-Floor with three of his best friends.  Their cover of Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years" is their most-watched video, having logged more than 138 million views as of September 2018.
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Occasionally, tracks are superimposed to imitate many instruments played simultaneously. Music Producer/Songwriter/ThePianoGuys  Nelson worked in venture capital and real estate, Anderson owned a piano store, and van der Beek operated a recording studio in his home. His family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when he was about four years old.
As their local fame increased he was introduced to the recording studio environment for the very first time.
Music Producer/Songwriter/ThePianoGuys , Their decision to perform at the inauguration of Donald Trump in January 2017 elicited controversy. However, he always left the studio feeling slightly disappointed because the music that he heard in his head never sounded quite the same once it was on tape. , "Michael Meets Mozart" (2011) gained a respectable showing after Schmidt invited the people on his fan mailing list "to watch it and share it". ", "The Piano Guys Deconstruct Their Strategy Behind Viral 'Frozen' and 'Batman' Mashups", "THE PIANO GUYS NEW HOLIDAY ALBUM 'CHRISTMAS TOGETHER' Out Now! In their home they constantly sang and performed together and they each played instruments — Everything from the piano, to the flute, trumpet to the violin. , The group originated as a social media strategy for Anderson's piano store, The Piano Guys, in St. George, Utah.  van der Beek engineers, mixes and masters their studio sessions in addition to occasionally adding his own vocals; Anderson oversees the group's video production, while Nelson and Anderson manage the content and business together..  Meanwhile, their focus of selling pianos shifted to solely making music videos and they decided to close the piano store, which closed in March 2012..  That month, facilitated by David Simoné and DSW Management, they signed with Sony Masterworks. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.  As of November 2018, they had performed in front of or on top of four. For "Michael Meets Mozart", Nelson prerecorded 100 cello tracks, including percussion effects he made by drumming on the cello itself. By September 2012, The Piano Guys had uploaded more than 30 music videos which had garnered 134 million views, and had 757,000 subscribers on their YouTube channel.  In 2016, Schmidt lost his daughter Annie in a hiking accident. ", At the Inauguration's Liberty Ball, The Piano Guys played their own rendition of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" together with "Amazing Grace". 7 talking about this. , All four are devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As of March 2020 the group had surpassed 2 billion views on their YouTube channel and had 6.7 million subscribers. Michelle, his wife, wrote a book about the experience in 2017, titled "Carried: How One Mother’s Trust in God Helped Her through the Unthinkable". , The Piano Guys tour worldwide.  Schmidt had a solo musical career with eight albums and seven piano books to his credit; he did solo gigs for two decades.  That video logged more than one million hits.
He was instantly intrigued by this newly discovered world of music production and it was a perfect conduit for him to get out all those songs and melodies that had been swimming in his head for years and record them to tape (CDs weren’t invented yet). He decided to take matters into his own hands and started buying recording equipment so he could teach himself the tricks-of-the-trade and record his own original music — Thus, the beginning of his love for songwriting and producing was born. Some songs are composed of several audio tracks mixed together. Please enter your email address. Each of them served full-time proselyting missions: Anderson in Washington state, Schmidt in Norway, and Nelson and van der Beek in separate missions in Korea. , As of March 2019, The Piano Guys have uploaded 85 videos onto their channel and amassed over 1.7 billion views, and 6 million subscribers. "—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released.  Anderson was acquainted with Schmidt, a locally notable pianist who often came in to practice on the pianos when he was in town. Registering for this site allows you to access your order status and history. One of the reasons I was looking forward to coming back to Deutschland was this Chef's food. Al opened his own home recording studio in 2004 and continued to refine his skills by writing, producing and recording for many local bands and artists. Discover all Al Van Der Beek's music connections, watch videos, listen to music, discuss and download. He decided to take matters into his own hands and started buying recording equipment so he could teach himself the tricks-of-the-trade and record his own original music — Thus, the beginning of his love for songwriting and producing was born. Schmidt knew Nelson from years of performing and recording together. During high school Al formed a Hip-Hop group called 4-On-The-Floor with three of his best friends. Sehr lecker!!  In 2009 Anderson saw a music video that Schmidt had uploaded to YouTube, "Love Story Meets Viva la Vida" – a musical blend of the Taylor Swift country pop tune and Coldplay's pop song "Viva la Vida", which Schmidt performed with Nelson on cello.  On December 12, 2017, they hosted a live stream on their YouTube channel, called '#LightTheWorld Christmas Concert with The Piano Guys and Friends', accompanied by various singers including Peter Hollens and David Archuleta.  Since they began touring they have determined to spread out their time on the road as best they can in order to avoid spending too much time away from family. While many other musical groups declined invitations to perform, the group denied that their performance was "an endorsement or a political statement. Singing in four part harmony and playing musical instruments came naturally to him and his six siblings (four sisters and two brothers). After winning a local talent show they soon found themselves opening up for many well known groups such as Vanilla Ice, Boyz II Men, L.L. His parents instilled a strong passion and appreciation for music in all of their children from a very young age, and despite his yearning desire to play the saxophone (because he thought it looked really cool), his parents lovingly convinced him to play the violin.  Anderson's goal was "to put pianos and cellos in places nobody would ever expect to see them", thereby generating marketing buzz for his store. Al continued to practice his violin and work on his vocal skills by actively participating in orchestra and concert choir throughout his intermediate school years.  The group dedicated a song to Annie in 2017: "The Sweetest Gift".
His family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when he was about four years old.  In 2011 and 2012 the group uploaded a new music video every week to two weeks, attracting thousands of new viewers each time. Videos at the Great Wall of China ("Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends"), the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro ("The Mission/How Great Thou Art"), Chichen Itza ("The Jungle Book/Sarabande"), and Petra ("Indiana Jones and the Arabian Nights") have been completed.  Their seventh major-label album, Limitless, was released in November 2018 on Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks.  This had been one of the songs used by Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign.
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