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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."
  
'''Lexi Mae Walker''', a member of [[The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]], is a 16-year-old vocalist who captivates audiences with her powerful angelic voice. She was born in Walnut Creek, California, on 31 March 2002. She has five siblings. She did not take vocal lessons until 2013 (with Tricia Swanson), but has always been surrounded by music and loves to sing. She attributes a big part of her musical inspiration to her grandmother who was a public-school music teacher for 30 years and worked with her in family settings.
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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."
  
In early 2014, at the age of 11, she became a YouTube viral sensation playing the lead role of Elsa, a character from Disney’s animated smash hit Frozen, in Alex Boyé’s Africanized tribal cover of the popular song "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAJYk1jOhzk Let It Go]." The video received almost half a million views in its first day on YouTube. As of mid-November 2018, it has garnered more than 99 million views. Lexi connected with Boyé through [https://mormonmusic.org/mormon-artists/masa-fukuda Masa Fukuda], the Director of the [http://onevoicechildrenschoir.com/ One Voice Children’s Choir] – a choir which is comprised of 140 children ages 4 to 18 who reside in northern Utah along the Wasatch Front. Lexi is a member of the choir. The choir is also featured in the video. Fukuda told Boyé, "You’ve got to take a listen to this girl. She’s a little Beyoncé, but more, and I think you will enjoy getting to know her." The video was filmed in Midway, Utah, at the Midway Town Square Ice Castle.
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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.
  
More than 78,000 people have subscribed to Lexi’s YouTube channel and her videos have been viewed over 14 billion times. After winning the fifth-annual [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6J6hZ1oUgE Canyons Idol Vocal Competition in 2013], she sang the National Anthem at a Real Salt Lake soccer game, leaving her audience awestruck. Some of her other notable performances include [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcsdzuKqY8Y USANA’s 2013 International Convention], the Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, the "We Are Hope" concert at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10YJVCjlJOY Stadium of Fire] in Provo, Utah.
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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."
  
On 26 February 2014, Lexi was featured on ABC’s ''Good Morning America'' during a live sing-along of "Let It Go" in Times Square. Two other soloists joined Idina Menzel (the voice of Frozen’s character Elsa) in singing the song, backed by the New York City Children’s Chorus. She was also invited to be the first guest performer at the children’s music competition in Japan, held 1 March 2014. In June 2014, she performed at [[Mitt Romney]]’s Park City summit. In October 2014, she performed with [[David Archuleta]] to benefit Rising Star Outreach, an organization that provides medical and educational aid in leprosy colonies. In December 2014, she produced a Christmas music video. She has also performed at the Beijing International Film Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Radio City Music Hall. And, in January 2017, 14-year-old Lexi Mae Walker once again wowed her audience with her stunning performance of "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXGLkZxfUC4 I Hope You Dance]" at the Inaugural Freedom Ball 2017.
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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.
  
Lexi has graced the stage of ''Good Morning America'', ''America’s Got Talent'', the ''Queen Latifah Show'', and ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KouMoCF46E Beijing TV]''. In her brief time in the music business, she has had the privilege of performing with [[Alex Boye|Alex Boyé]], [[The Piano Guys]], [[Lindsey Stirling]], [[David Archuleta]], [[Jenny Oaks Baker]], and Kristen Chenoweth. Of all her amazing accomplishments, thus far, the pièce de résistance is her [http://www.lexiwalker.net/press-release.html 2015 signing with Sony Music Masterworks imprint, Portrait Records], joining the ranks of such highly-acclaimed artists as [[The Piano Guys]] and Dolly Parton.
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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.
  
Based in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, Lexi has toured Japan, China, and the East Coast. She has commented, "Having fun is [the] success. As long as you’re doing the things you love, you’re going to be successful. Mostly, I just feel really lucky and I’m really grateful that I get to have this opportunity!"
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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.
  
==Follow Lexi Mae Walker on Social Media==
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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.
  
:*'''Lexi Mae Walker's [http://www.lexiwalker.net/index.html Official Website]'''
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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.
  
:*'''Follow Lexi Mae Walker on [https://www.facebook.com/leximaewalker/ Facebook]'''
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==Follow Caleb Spjute on Social Media==
  
:*'''Follow Lexi Mae Walker on [https://twitter.com/LexiMaeWalker Twitter]'''
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:*'''Caleb's Blog [https://sundayswithcaleb.blogspot.com/ Sunday's @6 with Caleb]'''
  
:*'''Follow Lexi Mae Walker on [https://www.instagram.com/leximaewalker/ Instagram]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.facebook.com/calebspjute/ Facebook]'''
  
:*'''Follow Lexi Mae Walker on [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0Aiu04kpLFKFy6aWAhGS-Q YouTube]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrOKmhY6KfB1VHW0NDZxlng YouTube]'''
  
:*'''Follow Lexi Mae Walker on [https://open.spotify.com/artist/33St5mNzgK6I9RiOZA6Jq7 Spotify]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.instagram.com/mini_mozart_caleb/ Instagram]'''
  
:*'''Follow Lexi Mae Walker on [https://plus.google.com/communities/116006505827350988645 Google+]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://twitter.com/calebspjute Twitter]'''
  
:*'''Follow Lexi Mae Walker on [https://www.pandora.com/artist/lexi-walker/inspire/ALdvVwxrr7mndv9 Pandora]'''
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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 Lexi Mae Walker on [https://soundcloud.com/lexiwalkerofficial SoundCloud]
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:<span style="color:#0000FF">'''Discover more seasoned and upcoming LDS artists by visiting the [http://mormonmusic.org Mormon Music] 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.