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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."
  
'''Camille Nelson''', the sister of the renowned cello player, [[Steven Sharp Nelson]] of [[The Piano Guys]], is a classically trained violinist and acoustic guitarist. Her genre includes Fingerstyle and Percussive Guitar and Violin. According to her [https://www.facebook.com/pg/camillenelsonmusic/about/ Facebook bio], "Her music is fun and fresh, offering feel-good beats and moving melodies that any audience can easily relate to."
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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."
  
Her unique pop/rock/folk songwriting style, influenced by artists like U2 and Alanis Morissette, has "evolved to her current style of percussive guitar elements integrated with violin and ethereal vocals." Her playing style reflects influences from fingerstyle artists Kaki King and Andy Mckee. A few of the artists who have influenced her music are Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, Sting, Nik Kershaw, and U2.
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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.
  
Camille Nelson is a member of [[The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]]. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, and comes from an immensely talented and musically inclined family. She is the youngest of six children. Her father was a violinist, and her mother was a professional opera singer. Both parents had a tremendous influence on Camille’s interest in performing music.
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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."
  
Her debut album, ''First Words'', engineered and produced by Nashville producer, Giles Reaves, was released in 2009 under the independent label known as Dimmi Records.  She later earned a publishing contract for more expansive television and film placement. She is currently signed with [http://www.stoneangelmusic.com/ Stone Angel Music]. Her freshman album called ''Lead Me Home'' was released on 18 August 2017 and is available in Desert Book and other related stores. The album is produced by world renowned pianist, [http://paulcardall.com/ Paul Cardall].
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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.
  
Camille recently collaborated with [[Alex Sharpe]] (Celtic Woman) to record an awe-inspiring rendition of the beautiful Irish poem "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO7jPBYbQaY Be Thou My Vision]." The music track, which appears on her new album, was recorded at Stone Angel Music Studios in Salt Lake City, Utah, by Trevor Price. Shane Mickelsen composed the string and vocal arrangements, and the video was recorded in Howth, Ireland.
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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.
  
Much of the music that Camille writes and performs relates to her extensive world travels. She has visited more than 60 countries and speaks German and Italian fluently. She has lived in South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy during and after earning her Bachelor and Master Degree from the University of Utah and her Ph.D. from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She is a college professor teaching MBA courses in management, communication, and leadership. She continues to make music while teaching to help further her goal of motivating and touching people through the power of music.
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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.  
  
As well as performing internationally, Camille is also a well-rounded athlete, enjoying biking and skiing, and even earning praise as a competitive runner and triathlete having run over 15 marathons, including the Boston Marathon, Great Wall Marathon, and the Antarctica Marathon.
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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.
  
==Follow Camille Nelson on Social Media==
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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.
  
:*'''Camille Nelson's [https://www.camillenelson.com/ Official Website]'''
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==Follow Caleb Spjute on Social Media==
  
:*'''Follow Camille Nelson on [https://www.facebook.com/camillenelsonmusic/ Facebook]'''
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:*'''Caleb's Blog [https://sundayswithcaleb.blogspot.com/ Sunday's @6 with Caleb]'''
  
:*'''Follow Camille Nelson on [https://twitter.com/camillenmusic Twitter]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.facebook.com/calebspjute/ Facebook]'''
  
:*'''Follow Camille Nelson on [https://www.instagram.com/camillenelsonmusic/ Instagram]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrOKmhY6KfB1VHW0NDZxlng YouTube]'''
  
:*'''Follow Camille Nelson on [https://www.youtube.com/user/CamilleNelson YouTube]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.instagram.com/mini_mozart_caleb/ Instagram]'''
  
:*'''Follow Camille Nelson on [https://play.spotify.com/artist/3zC8YuokoXgpsIJdO37tnb Spotify]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://twitter.com/calebspjute Twitter]'''
  
:*'''Follow Camille Nelson on [https://soundcloud.com/camille-nelson-music SoundCloud]'''
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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>
  
:*'''Follow Camille Nelson on [https://www.linkedin.com/in/camille-nelson-ph-d-9b673912 Linkedin]'''
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Latest revision as of 11:05, 10 January 2020

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.