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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."
  
After singing together their entire childhood, three sisters – Melanie, McKenzie, and Madelyn Merchant – decided to start an official band known as Firefly in 2008 when Melanie won a songwriting contest at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee. They write, sing, and play Country music. They play the cello, mandolin, guitar, keyboards, and the fiddle. Their original and cover songs can be found on iTunes and their [https://www.youtube.com/user/FIreflyMusicOfficial/ YouTube] channel.
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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."
  
'''Firefly''' created quite a buzz in Country music when they won the Arizona State Country Showdown. They went on to win the Arizona State Title in 2010. Since 2010, the band has been privileged to share the stage with music artists like LeAnn Rimes, Martin McBride, [[Donny Osmond]], Little Big Town, Wynonna Judd, Clint Black, [[David Archuleta]], Pam Tillis, [[Alex Boyé]], and many more.
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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.
  
Firefly is also known for their charity work with troubled youth including the Steve Young Charities Forever Young Foundation programs such as Anasazi Foundation, One Life At A Time, Bridle Up Hope, Sophie’s Place, and a charity for refugees that the girls started in 2017 called “Rahama’s Relief.
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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."
  
In 2012 the group launched their official YouTube channel which now includes subscribers from all over the world. In 2014 the sisters released their first album of original music self-titled ''Firefly''. Their album contains hit song collaborations with hip-hop violinist [[Lindsey Stirling]] and The [[Truman Brothers]]. Their song "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63BdiLwtaGo Keep on Loving You]" was number one on the TuneCore love song album in 2015.
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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.
  
Firefly’s music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, and other channels throughout the world. They are best known for their beautiful harmonies and instrumental talents on cello, guitar, mandolin, and piano. Because of their gorgeous natural red hair and ever fun personalities they are often known for a favorite single written with Taylor Swift’s engineer called "Firecracker Red!"
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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.
  
~ a Quote from Firefly:
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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 we have grown as musicians and performers our name has taken on a deeper meaning. Just as fireflies light up the night sky, our creator lights our way—to help us become who we are meant to be. Everyone has a light to share—something you can do that no one else can. You are who you are for a reason. You are meant for more than you know."
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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 Firefly 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.
  
:*'''Firefly's [http://fireflymusicoffici.wixsite.com/iheartfirefly Official Website]'''
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==Follow Caleb Spjute on Social Media==
  
:*'''Follow Firefly on [https://www.facebook.com/iheartfirefly Facebook]'''
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:*'''Caleb's Blog [https://sundayswithcaleb.blogspot.com/ Sunday's @6 with Caleb]'''
  
:*'''Follow Firefly on [https://twitter.com/iheartfirefly Twitter]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.facebook.com/calebspjute/ Facebook]'''
  
:*'''Follow Firefly on [https://www.instagram.com/iheartfirefly/ Instagram]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrOKmhY6KfB1VHW0NDZxlng YouTube]'''
  
:*'''Follow Firefly on [https://www.youtube.com/user/FIreflyMusicOfficial/ YouTube]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.instagram.com/mini_mozart_caleb/ Instagram]'''
  
:*'''Follow Firefly on [https://open.spotify.com/artist/1MSiu4alHI6S2lZtiFvUjH?si=5kf6GA4eTG6v3ivefHvItA Spotify]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://twitter.com/calebspjute Twitter]'''
  
:*'''Follow Firefly on [https://plus.google.com/u/0/+FIreflyMusicOfficial Google+]'''
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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 Firefly on [https://www.pandora.com/artist/firefly-country/ARkZg79wkr76vck Pandora]'''
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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.