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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."
  
'''bless4''' is a Japanese musical and dance group comprised of four siblings (two brothers and two sisters) of the Kawamitsu family. They are members 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."
  
The oldest sibling, Akashi (born 29 January 1982), is the only one born in Okinawa, Japan. He moved with his parents, Haru and Yoshiko (Yoshi), to Utah when he was nine months old. Kanasa, the older sister, was born on 2 May 1984, in Provo, Utah. Akino (born 29 October 1991, in Provo, Utah), the younger sister, also performs as a solo artist under the name AKINO from bless4 and is best known for singing the theme songs to the Sousei no Aquarion anime series. The younger brother, Douglas Aiki (Aiki) was born on 29 October 1991, also in Provo, Utah. Like his sister, Akino, he also performs as a solo artist and has written a comic book, as well as, a novel in February 2010 titled "Heart Prints〜命の花〜" (Inochi no Hana, the flower of life), written about a friend who died from a drug overdose. He released a solo single with Akashi as the arranger to accompany his book.
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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.
  
Their family moved to Arizona for a time, and it was there that Akashi and Kanasa were Arizona State Taekwondo Champions at ages 14 and 12 respectively. In fact, the entire family was part of a Taekwondo exhibition troupe called the "Flying Dragons," a martial arts group they formed with friends of various nationalities they met through Taekwondo. The Flying Dragons performed at schools and community events, and occasionally their performances were televised.
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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 1997, their father, Haru, took his family back to Okinawa after feeling a spiritual longing for his heritage as an Okinawan. In 1998, being inspired by performers such as the Backstreet Boys, N’Sync and Britney Spears who were popular in Okinawa at the time, the four siblings picked up singing and dancing. They started performing as the Flying Dragons when playing together as a group and were also known as the Kawamitsu Family when performing with their parents.
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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.
  
After a few years, they were scouted and moved to Tokyo, where they debuted from BMG in May 2003 with the song "Good Morning! Mr. Sunshine." In December 2006, they formed Kawamitsu Arttainment, an independent company, with Akashi as the president.
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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.
  
In 2009, they contributed two songs – "Stitch Is Coming" (スティッチ・イズ・カミング Sutitchi Izu Kami ng?) and "Hitori Ja Nai" (ひとりじゃない?, "You Are Not Alone" for the Disney Animation Studios anime Stitch!, which aired on Tokyo TV and Disney Channel Japan. The song "Stitch Is Coming" served as an ending theme for its first season. They also took first place in the Celebrity A Cappella Championship and third place in the seventh Celebrity Kaeuta Ou Finals.
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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.  
  
In May 2010, they held their first Korean tour performing at three different places in Korea, including Seoul, which proved to be a success. In September of that same year, the group released the single "Dandelion" in Europe on the German record label Marabu Records. The song placed #1 on the Radio Berlin International Charts. On 2 February 2005, bless4 released their album ''All 4 One''. On 12 January 2011, they released their album ''Yumetsumugi'' (''Dream Weaving''). The album was self-produced with each member working as staff to bring their music video and album to life. In March 2011, their company became a limited company, and they started their record label Kawamitsu Records.
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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.
  
The Kawamitsu Family have recorded two albums – ''His Love'' released 25 May 2006 and ''On the Wings of Love'' released December 2009. The members of bless4 now reside in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, and remain followers of [[The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]]. Akino makes all the stage costumes for the group; Kanasa writes lyrics; Akashi writes the songs, and their youngest brother, Aiki, returned home from his two-year full-time [Missionary|mission]] for the Church on 4 November 2016. The group appears in the "Meet the Mormons" film which shows exclusively in Salt Lake City, Utah, and LDS Visitors Centers.  
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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 bless4 on Social Media==
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==Follow Caleb Spjute on Social Media==
  
:*'''bless4's [http://bless4.jp/ official website]'''
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:*'''Caleb's Blog [https://sundayswithcaleb.blogspot.com/ Sunday's @6 with Caleb]'''
  
:*'''Follow bless4 on [https://www.facebook.com/bless4party/ Facebook]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.facebook.com/calebspjute/ Facebook]'''
  
:*'''Follow bless4 on [https://twitter.com/bless4_AKAA Twitter]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrOKmhY6KfB1VHW0NDZxlng YouTube]'''
  
:*'''Follow bless4 on [https://www.instagram.com/bless_4/ Instagram]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.instagram.com/mini_mozart_caleb/ Instagram]'''
  
:*'''Follow bless4 on [https://www.youtube.com/user/bless4jp YouTube]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://twitter.com/calebspjute Twitter]'''
  
:*'''Follow bless4 on [https://open.spotify.com/artist/72VTyaZA8rWPxy4AfKSsrt Spotify]'''
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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>
  
:<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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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.