Sharp Nelson and one of his traveling cellos (The Piano Guys)
Most people travel the world with friends and family — I travel with my cellos.
You may or may not recognize my name: About five years ago, my stint moonlighting as a musician turned into an Internet phenomenon, and now I am the cellist of the musical group the Piano Guys. In that time, we’ve recorded multiple albums that have hit No. 1 on Billboard, and we’ve traveled the world playing and shooting music videos at iconic spots from the Great Wall of China to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio. And throughout the journey, everywhere I’ve gone, my cellos have come with me.
Watch as ThePianoGuys perform “Rolling in The Deep” by Adele and “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction on Hungary’s hit classical talent show Virtuózok!
When Paul Anderson was brainstorming ways to sell pianos for his now-shuttered music store The Piano Guys in Saint George, Utah, he came across a video featuring pianist Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson performing a mash-up of “Love Story” by Taylor Swift and “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay. Anderson was dumbstruck with inspiration and wanted to make them the centerpiece of a marketing campaign for the store.
The year was 2010. Internet 2.0 was starting to show what people are capable of: Facebook and Twitter were already a reality in our daily life, basically impossible to ignore.
Old Internet forums were gradually shifting towards live communities and YouTube was taking pride in creating artists like Justin Bieber.
Violin students from the Community Music School (CMS) of Webster University’s Suzuki Ensemble joined featured act The Piano Guys onstage at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, to perform Beethoven’s 5 Secrets to a sold out crowd on Oct. 18.
The students who played were Lian Anderson, Kate Bowermaster, Clare Bolesta, Grace Bolesta, Fiona Carton, Trevor Scott, Josh Simelbauer, and Kevin Zhou. Under the direction of Joanne Keefe, the Suzuki Ensemble is comprised of students who have advanced to the highest level of accomplishment in the Community Music School’s Suzuki String Program.
Music is a phenomenal creature.
The power of harmonic sound provides an ever-present soundtrack to our lives. Through the greatest of joys and even the times of challenge, music – through song and sound – has the capability to unite us, define us, and undoubtedly, move us.
There is no group that personifies this more at the moment than The Piano Guys.
The Piano Guys are about to hit a very high note — 500 million views on YouTube.
So how did four dads from Utah collect over 3.3 million subscribers and debut their fourth studio album, Wonders, at the twelfth spot on the Billboard Top 200 earlier this month — their highest debut and biggest opening sales week to date? With a little help from Batman, One Direction and Swedish House Mafia.
What?!?! 500 million YouTube views? A half-billion? A sixth-tri-billion?? When we started The Piano Guys three years ago we were just doing this for fun. Now we’re still doing this for fun but we have 500 million YouTube views!
Even though this number blows our minds and is a little hard to wrap our heads around, EVERY view to us counts. Each one means so much to us. It’s something we never let ourselves forget — we constantly remind ourselves that this little Piano Guys thing has been built by you – one view at a time. Thank you for watching. Thank you for sharing, for liking, for commenting. Thank you for being a part of what we call “The Piano Guys Miracle,” four Utah dads playing instrumental music on classical instruments in nature — even just barely surviving on the internet would be a feat in and of itself, but to have this collection of views is nothing short of a miracle. That’s why we can’t thank YOU enough.
We love you!
The Piano Guys, Wonders – No. 12 – The group earns its highest charting album ever, and the largest debut sales week for a new age act in over five years, as Wonders starts at No. 12 with 23,000 sold. The last new age act to earn a bigger opening frame was new Yanni, who saw his Yanni Voices project bow with 26,000 on the chart dated April 11, 2009.
The Piano Guys also log the highest-charting new age album on the Billboard 200 since Dec. 6, 2008, when Enya’s And Winter Came… spent its final week in the top 10 (at No. 9).
Wonders, released on Portrait/Sony Masterworks, naturally also debuts at No. 1 on the New Age Albums chart — making it their fifth consecutive chart-topper. The album also bows atop Classical Albums, Classical Crossover Albums, and Internet Albums. The album sold particularly well online, with 52 percent of its first week coming from Internet retailers like Amazon.com.
We are excited to announce the release of our new piano/cello duet book ThePianoGuys Simplified Favorites: Vol. 1.
Perfect for the late beginner to late intermediate instrumentalist, this book’s songs include Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends, Home, A Thousand Years, All of Me, and more!. Pianists and cellists of the world: Unite!
• All of Me (Piano Solo)
• Arwen’s Vigil (Piano Solo / Opt. Cello)
• Begin Again (Piano Solo / Opt. Cello)
• Home (Piano Solo / Opt. Cello)
• Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends (Piano Solo / Opt. Cello)
• Moonlight (Piano Solo / Opt. Cello)
• Over The Rainbow / Simple Gifts (Piano Solo / Opt. Cello)
• Peponi (Piano Solo / Opt. Cello)
• Rolling In The Deep (Piano Solo / Opt. Cello)
• A Thousand Years (Piano Solo / Opt. Cello)
• Titanium / Pavane (Piano Solo / Opt. Cello)
• Without You (Piano Solo / Opt. Cello)
Why are we jumping for joy?? Because we just simultaneously hit 1 MILLION Facebook likes AND 400 MILLION YouTube views! WOW! We wish we could give each of you a personal “thank you” — we know it’s because of YOU that we’re celebrating these milestones. You’ve “liked” and commented on our posts, shared our videos, and even supported us by purchasing our songs and merch in the TPG store. THANK YOU! This has been an incredible ride for us. You know what the best part has been? Hearing YOUR response to the music and the videos, meeting you at our shows when we’re on tour, and reading your thoughtful messages and emails. So many of you have said that TPG has made a positive difference in your life. That has made us smile – encouraged us – even at times brought us to tears in gratitude for the joy and spirit that can be felt through music. As we’ve read your words we’ve felt connected with you, no matter how far away or how differently we’ve lived, we’ve felt the positive impact you’ve had in our lives and in the lives of our families. Thank you so much for all you have done for us. We still have so much we want to share with you and hope that you’ll continue to share us with your friends and family.
We’ve got to celebrate somehow, right?? … Here’s what we’re thinking … We want to randomly pick someone that shares this page and send him or her OUR PERSONAL IPAD (pictured below), autographed and pre-loaded with all our music videos! We wish we had 1 MILLION IPADS we could send to you ALL, but we burned all our cash in the last Wonder of the World video. Click the share link below. We hope we pick YOU!! We love you! Thank you! We’ll see you next tune!
This CD is a collection of Steven’s best arrangements and originals from his albums produced by Stone Angel Music that have sold over 50,000 copies worldwide. It also features original music he arranged for #1 Billboard Pianist Paul Cardall.
• The Traveler (from Ephraim’s Rescue)
• Come, Come Ye Saints (from 17 Miracles)
• Lead Kindly Light
• Come Thou Fount (featuring Paul Cardall)
• Homeward Bound (with Marshall McDonald)
• Tender Mercies
• O, Savior Thou Who Wearest a Crown
• God Be With You
• Thanks Be to Thee
• All Creatures of Our God and King
• Be Still My Soul
The viral stars are at it again with their latest Christmas album “A Family Christmas,” and perform their latest viral rendition of the song “Angels we have heard on high.”