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'''Caleb Spjute''' is a rising 16-year-old piano virtuoso from Murray, Utah. When he was just four years old, he watched his older brother, Micah, learn to play the piano from his aunt. In an interview with the [https://www.murrayjournal.com/2018/10/04/181446/piano-phenom-caleb-spjute-prevails-against-adversity-in-his-quest-to-play-music Murray Journal] in August 2010, Caleb said, "When I was four years old, my brother was the one playing the piano, and I felt like I wanted to try that because it looked fun. Even though my brother didn't continue the piano, I decided to go ahead and start learning the notes, the rhythms, and the staff without having a piano teacher. Instead, I played through the method books we could find, and eventually I started wanting to play some real songs."
  
'''Jordan James Pinkston'''  (his stage name is [http://jordan-james.com/ Jordan James]) is an 18-year-old (6 August 2000) Acoustic, Soul-Pop singer-songwriter, and pianist from Utah. He is a member of [[The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]].
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He did not have a piano teacher, but because of his eagerness and determination to play the piano, his mother, Becca, gave him the beginning piano books, pointed to the notes middle C, D, and E and let him take it from there. From there he took off reading ahead and figuring out how to play himself. His mother recalls, "Caleb took that book, read through it and began figuring it out. He said he’d like a song and then I’d find it on the Internet and print it off and he’d figure that out."
  
Jordan was born was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in North Bend, Washington, which is a suburb of Seattle. He started playing the piano at six years old and took lessons up until he was 15 when he started to pursue writing songs on the piano. However, growing up playing basketball, music was secondary at that point as his focus and priority were playing the game.
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At his young age, Caleb had found his niche and would be found playing the piano nonstop. In a year’s time, he could master such pieces as "The Entertainer." He also became a teacher of sorts himself, showing his parents where the hands should be placed and what notes to play. It was also about this time that it was discovered that he was ahead of the academic learning curve, so his parents had him skip kindergarten.
  
When he was 16 he took a class at school that taught him how to use systems such as Garageband to help him compose and produce music electronically. As he became familiar with the software programs he started to record and produce music on an amateur level.
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After teaching himself for two years, he was fortunate to be accepted as the private pupil of an extraordinary concert pianist and Associate Director of Music at the University of Utah in March 2009. After just one year of private lessons with Dr. Vedrana Subotic, Caleb competed in the University of Utah’s Summer Arts piano competition with students up to 10 years of age. He won four awards: 1st in solo performance, 1st in theory, 2nd in sightreading, and the Iron Man Award for best all-around in his age division. His mother commented, "I thought he was just this cute little kid who played. I knew he must have talent, but I didn’t know he was that good."
  
After completing his sophomore year of high school, he made the decision to quit basketball and follow his dream of becoming a full-time musician. In time, he contacted a producer, Mitch Davis, and started producing his self-recorded tracks on a professional level. After recording his first two professional tracks, he began meeting with another producer/promoter, Greg Hansen, who encouraged him to start working on a video for his first single, an original song called "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwKSbULHFWo Change the World]."
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Caleb now has an instructor who is teaching him the proper way to play the piano. To show their support and to help keep him motivated, his parents created a Facebook page and a blog where they post videos of him playing.
  
Jordan released the music video on his [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMkjg7sfCJ8Pkm-ZebCJ1ow YouTube] channel on 24 August 2017. Since its release, as of mid-May 2018, the dynamic, upbeat video has garnered 3,318 views on YouTube and more than 47,000 views on Facebook. The video shows different ways that each of us can change the world in even small ways – from being an encouragement to a friend who is possibly going through a tough time to volunteering to help others in need through donations to performing other kind acts of service. The message that the video drives home is that whatever we can do to make even a small change in the world matters.
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Caleb has achieved several accolades in his short time playing. One of his own compositions won Murray School District’s Reflections music category and advanced to state. In the Spring of 2011, he won first place Piano Concerto in the Con Brio Piano Competition. He won the award again in 2012, and in March 2012, he was invited to play in his first concert playing a concerto with a live orchestra. He has thrice performed concerti with symphony orchestras and has performed at various universities and venues throughout Utah, California, Arizona, and Idaho. He is the pianist of over six school and community choirs, performs as a jazz pianist in his school jazz band, and regularly accompanies violin, guitar, and vocal students.
  
Jordan’s message of each person doing something in their own way to "Change the World" has given him the opportunity to perform at charity events. As part of the LDS Church’s "Light the World" campaign, he was invited to perform at a Food Drive Concert along with some amazing performers such as Madilyn Paige, Kelsey Edwards, Motion Coaster, Ryan Rostrom, Nicole Sheahan, and Monica Moore Smith.
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He has an incredible gift in music, and the ability to create arrangements and original music as well as being an amazing sight-reader and accompanist. However, being able to follow his dream of making music has not come without its challenges and adversities. At his young age, he has had to face having Tourette’s syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and being on the autism spectrum.  
  
He has also released a second single, another original song, called "One and Only Me" which is available to stream on Apple Music and [https://open.spotify.com/artist/7tU7efBStd72nR5nYkThJq?si=VLrS5ZZhRDmbrpF03XoYGQ Spotify]. Jordan also writes songs for people for special occasions like weddings and birthdays, as well as, songs about how to get through difficult times. Some of the songs that he has written are "Ray’s Song," "Fighter," "Fairytale," "Leave It to Me," and "It’s Christmas."
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Caleb has a musically inclined family. His father is a singer, his older brother, Micah, plays guitar, and his sister plays the violin. His mother said, "I took piano lessons for two years and violin for a year, but I’d be the band manager." The family volunteers to perform at senior homes.
  
Jordan is a member of Nik Day Studios, and with Nik Day as his mentor, he is learning to hone his own music writing skills, as well as, using his knowledge to teach other students how to write music. He and Nik also write songs together. After learning from Jordan how to record a song, many of the students go to Jordan’s home to use the programs that he has. Jordan also produced the music for one of the students in the group, Evelyn Detzany, for her original song, "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZtrX7U8jj4 Only One]."
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Caleb’s goal in life is to become a professional piano player. He said, "I want to play at The Roof (restaurant) and be a piano teacher someday." He plans on seeking a degree in Piano Performance and Composition and hopes for a successful future in music. He is the organist for his church and volunteers monthly playing for hospitals, care centers, and nursing homes. His family is happy to support him in making his dreams become a reality.
  
Jordan James performed at the first annual music festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, called Music Con on Friday, 2 February 2018. On Saturday, 31 March 2018, the music video for his original song "Fighter," which was recorded live with Reel Sessions, was published on his YouTube channel.  And, on Saturday, 12 May 2018, the single for "Fighter" was released and is available for purchase on iTunes and for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. Jordan is donating 50% of the profits from the single to a children’s charity known as Ronald McDonald House Charities Intermountain.
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==Follow Caleb Spjute on Social Media==
  
Jordan’s EP, ''Truth'', was released on Monday, 14 May 2018. The six-track album includes his original songs: "Fighter," "Rejected," "I Choose You," "Truth," "Love You Right," and "Meant to Be" (featuring Kalaya Arne). The album is available for purchase on iTunes and for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. Jordan’s music is also available on [https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/jordanjames12 cdbaby.com].
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:*'''Caleb's Blog [https://sundayswithcaleb.blogspot.com/ Sunday's @6 with Caleb]'''
  
In celebration of his 18th birthday, Jordan created a fundraiser on Facebook to raise donations for [http://www.rmhcslc.org/ Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area]. He said that he chose the nonprofit because of his personal connection to them. He explained, "This year they chose my song 'Fighter' to be their theme for the annual fundraising event featuring the families and especially the children who have a home to live in while they are receiving treatments."
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.facebook.com/calebspjute/ Facebook]'''
  
Jordan also had the opportunity to perform his original song, "Fighter," live on stage at the Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the [https://www.facebook.com/90AND9EVENTS/ 90&9] events production of Fighter. 90&9 is a nonprofit that supports suicide prevention. On 13 June 2018, Jordan James was interviewed on Utah’s radio station B98.7. His original song, "Fighter" was played on behalf of the [https://www.rmhcslc.org/ Ronald McDonald House Charities] to help more people to be aware of the opportunity to donate to this local charity through downloading and streaming his song. And,  on 1 July 2018, he was featured on the radio show, ''Sunday Sounds'', with host [https://mormonmusic.org/mormon-artists/greg-hansen Greg Hansen], and talked about why he wrote the song "Fighter" and then performed the song. Jordan’s song "Fighter" has become a motivational song for anyone that is fighting trials or diseases and many people have reached out to him letting him know that his songs inspire them to stay positive and to never give up.
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrOKmhY6KfB1VHW0NDZxlng YouTube]'''
  
On Saturday, 29 September 2018, Jordan was a featured music artist at JOYCON 2018, which featured many other music artist like Milana Nigro (Milana Rocks), Clint Pulver, Nick Sales, TORCH, Allie Gardner, Scott & Ryceejo, and SPARK, to name a few. JOYCON 2018 was a one night event and a conference unlike any other that featured uplifting music, messages, and fun for the entire family.
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.instagram.com/mini_mozart_caleb/ Instagram]'''
  
On Friday, 5 October 2018, Jordan released his new original song called "Leave It to Me" on [https://open.spotify.com/album/2vq392BpWlZK0vqKKyCqCx?si=qDkmMnQFTS-4ej4GRIgrOQ Spotify] and [https://www.amazon.com/Leave-It-to-Me/dp/B07HRYL7MN Amazon]. "Leave It to Me" is a song about learning to put our faith and trust in the Lord. No matter what we may be going through in life, there is no problem that He cannot solve. The Savior bids us all to "Leave It to Me."
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://twitter.com/calebspjute Twitter]'''
  
On Saturday, 6 October 2018, Jordan James released his new music video of his original song called "U Matter." The video features Yahosh Bonner, Aaliyah Rose, and Daysha Lassiter, and is an anthem for those who may have contemplated suicide themselves or who know friends and family members who have. The powerful message of the song is "U Matter" – – We All Matter. Some of the singers from The Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir provided backup vocals.
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:<span style="color:#0000FF">'''Discover more seasoned and upcoming LDS artists by visiting the [https://www.latterdaysaintmusicians.com Latter-day Saint Musicians] website.</span>
  
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Caleb Spjute, Pianist

Caleb Spjute is a rising 16-year-old piano virtuoso from Murray, Utah. When he was just four years old, he watched his older brother, Micah, learn to play the piano from his aunt. In an interview with the Murray Journal in August 2010, Caleb said, "When I was four years old, my brother was the one playing the piano, and I felt like I wanted to try that because it looked fun. Even though my brother didn't continue the piano, I decided to go ahead and start learning the notes, the rhythms, and the staff without having a piano teacher. Instead, I played through the method books we could find, and eventually I started wanting to play some real songs."

He did not have a piano teacher, but because of his eagerness and determination to play the piano, his mother, Becca, gave him the beginning piano books, pointed to the notes middle C, D, and E and let him take it from there. From there he took off reading ahead and figuring out how to play himself. His mother recalls, "Caleb took that book, read through it and began figuring it out. He said he’d like a song and then I’d find it on the Internet and print it off and he’d figure that out."

At his young age, Caleb had found his niche and would be found playing the piano nonstop. In a year’s time, he could master such pieces as "The Entertainer." He also became a teacher of sorts himself, showing his parents where the hands should be placed and what notes to play. It was also about this time that it was discovered that he was ahead of the academic learning curve, so his parents had him skip kindergarten.

After teaching himself for two years, he was fortunate to be accepted as the private pupil of an extraordinary concert pianist and Associate Director of Music at the University of Utah in March 2009. After just one year of private lessons with Dr. Vedrana Subotic, Caleb competed in the University of Utah’s Summer Arts piano competition with students up to 10 years of age. He won four awards: 1st in solo performance, 1st in theory, 2nd in sightreading, and the Iron Man Award for best all-around in his age division. His mother commented, "I thought he was just this cute little kid who played. I knew he must have talent, but I didn’t know he was that good."

Caleb now has an instructor who is teaching him the proper way to play the piano. To show their support and to help keep him motivated, his parents created a Facebook page and a blog where they post videos of him playing.

Caleb has achieved several accolades in his short time playing. One of his own compositions won Murray School District’s Reflections music category and advanced to state. In the Spring of 2011, he won first place Piano Concerto in the Con Brio Piano Competition. He won the award again in 2012, and in March 2012, he was invited to play in his first concert playing a concerto with a live orchestra. He has thrice performed concerti with symphony orchestras and has performed at various universities and venues throughout Utah, California, Arizona, and Idaho. He is the pianist of over six school and community choirs, performs as a jazz pianist in his school jazz band, and regularly accompanies violin, guitar, and vocal students.

He has an incredible gift in music, and the ability to create arrangements and original music as well as being an amazing sight-reader and accompanist. However, being able to follow his dream of making music has not come without its challenges and adversities. At his young age, he has had to face having Tourette’s syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and being on the autism spectrum.

Caleb has a musically inclined family. His father is a singer, his older brother, Micah, plays guitar, and his sister plays the violin. His mother said, "I took piano lessons for two years and violin for a year, but I’d be the band manager." The family volunteers to perform at senior homes.

Caleb’s goal in life is to become a professional piano player. He said, "I want to play at The Roof (restaurant) and be a piano teacher someday." He plans on seeking a degree in Piano Performance and Composition and hopes for a successful future in music. He is the organist for his church and volunteers monthly playing for hospitals, care centers, and nursing homes. His family is happy to support him in making his dreams become a reality.

Follow Caleb Spjute on Social Media

Discover more seasoned and upcoming LDS artists by visiting the Latter-day Saint Musicians website.