The Piano Guys: When Passions Collide


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Enter Steven Sharp Nelson. When Steve was 15 years old he met Jon when they had shared the stage at a concert in which theytheyre both performing. Steve started joining Jon at more and more of his concerts. This rapidly grew into a great friendship and a complementary stage chemistry that had audiences in stitches and in tears in two songs or less. Steve was amulti-instrumentalist that had pioneered a new approach to the cello and tosongwriting. And hisADHD-fueled creative mind contained a queue of song and video ideas waiting to be produced.

Then came Al vanderBeek. Al showed up on Steve’s doorstep to help when Steve was moving in just down the street. Al had heard Steve was a musician and he invited his new neighbor to his home where he housed a decked-out studio. Steve and Al began writing tunes together and discovered a supernaturalsongwriting partnership. Al’s studio and his engineering skills they're to become the most important music-writing tool for The Piano Guys, except of course for Al himself, whose innate ability forsongwriting had an essential sleek edge to it.

Meanwhile, back at the piano store, employeeTel Stewart, who started as a piano mover, wasjthemt completing a degree invideography. Hisvideography and editing skills rounded outTPG’s beginnings and made it possible to include special effects like the “Steve clones” andlightsaber cello bows! Jeremy Crawford, who also worked at the store, was arguably the best and most fearless piano mover in the world (at least as far as they know!) Without Jeremy, their Piano Stunt Coordinator, no one would have ever asked the question that they get so often, “How the heck did they get the piano up there?” Jeremy also stepped up to fill an important operations role asTPG grew so fast they couldn’t keep up.Shaye Scott, a friend of Paul’s, also jumpedonboard during the genesis ofTPG helping out wherever he could, then left for a year, and came back to lend hisvideography talent and quirky humor for the group. Currently, Paul andShaye are producing and filming the videos asTel has left the company to start his own endeavors.

Their story is a miracle. They are just a bunch of ordinary “guys” playing classically influenced instrumental music in videos that showcase incredible locations. And they are doing well on YouTube?? There are so many coincidences that the summation of each circumstance transcends “happenstance.” They do not take credit for their successes. They cannot. To do so would defy reason. They thank God, their families, and the people who have supported them by sharing their videos, purchasing their music, and encouraging them through comments and messages. Their mission will always be to produce music videos that inspire, uplift, and make the world a better place. If they can make a positive impact in even one person’s life it has all been worth it to them.

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