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'''Yahosh Bonner''' comes from an accomplished musical heritage and so he has been surrounded by music ever since he was a child. His mother, Debra Bonner, is an icon in the music industry and passed her love of music on to her 8 children. She is one of America’s Leading Voice Teachers with over 20 years of experience backed by a Masters of Music Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a well-known vocal coach and has guided the voices of ''American Idol'' finalists. She is also a recording artist of various genres including Pop, Gospel, Broadway, Country, Classical, R&B, and Jazz, and has shared her gift as a talented singer performing in several countries. She has also been a guest soloist with the world-famous [[Mormon Tabernacle Choir|Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square]].
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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."
  
Yahosh is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, and has lived in Arizona, Florida, New York City, Colorado, and Nebraska. He attended and graduated from, Mountain View High School in Mesa, Arizona. He is a member of the graduating class of 2004 of Choate Rosemary Hall, a highly selective, private college-preparatory boarding school located in Wallingford, Connecticut. He attended the University of Northern Colorado located in Greeley, Colorado, from 2008 to 2010 where he majored in Communication Studies, with a minor in Sociology. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor Degree in Communication.
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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."
  
He is also passionate about the game of basketball, and while a student at Southern Utah University (SUU), located in Cedar City, Utah, from June 2013 to June 2014, he was the Director of Basketball Operations and Video Coordinator, as well as, Assistant Coach. He graduated from SUU with a Master of Arts in Professional Communication degree.
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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.
  
In May 2014, he moved to Spanish Fork, Utah. He was the Head Boys Basketball Coach at American Leadership Academy which is a charter high school in Spanish Fork, Utah. He held the position since June 2014. On his Linkedin profile, he states, "I am passionate about the game of basketball. I have played at a high level and also coached at the university level. Now I have the opportunity to give back and share my knowledge with young men at the high school 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."
  
Although he is a pronounced Hip Hop and R&B vocalist, Yahosh’s love of music is deeply rooted in his love for the gospel. He states, "I look forward to sharing the gift of music that God has given me to bring the spirit into every performance." He is an active member of the Unity Gospel Choir under the direction of his mother, Debra Bonner. He has performed with artists like [[Alex Boye|Alex Boyé]], [[James the Mormon|JTM]], Mauli B, and Oyoyo Joi. He enjoys creating remakes of popular songs, adding a little of his own flair, style, and emotion to the songs that he performs.  
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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.
  
Besides being a singer, Yahosh is also an actor and currently stars in a movie about [https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/maulib/green-flake Green Flake], a Southern slave who trekked thousands of miles and rose to become a Western hero, which is being produced by his brother Mauli Bonner. He also joins several well-known LDS music artists in the music video, [https://www.facebook.com/GreenFlakeMovie/videos/674290352990746/ "Invincible,"] from the upcoming film. He has been married since 13 June 2009 to Vanessa Bonner and he is also a member of [[The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]].
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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.
  
==Follow Yahosh Bonner on Social Media==
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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 Yahosh Bonner on [https://www.facebook.com/yahosh.bonner Facebook]'''
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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 Yahosh Bonner on [https://twitter.com/yahoshb Twitter]'''
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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 Yahosh Bonner on [https://www.linkedin.com/in/yahosh-bonner-4b5a5698/ Linkedin]'''
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==Follow Caleb Spjute on Social Media==
  
:*'''Follow Yahosh Bonner on [https://www.instagram.com/yahoshb/ Instagram]'''
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:*'''Caleb's Blog [https://sundayswithcaleb.blogspot.com/ Sunday's @6 with Caleb]'''
  
:*'''Follow Yahosh Bonner on [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrTYokZRtmrZ6UTvAg34zvQ YouTube]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.facebook.com/calebspjute/ Facebook]'''
  
:*'''Follow Yahosh Bonner on [https://open.spotify.com/artist/0S2PueVg0I0JvOtqP9ICIS Spotify]'''
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrOKmhY6KfB1VHW0NDZxlng YouTube]'''
  
:<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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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.instagram.com/mini_mozart_caleb/ Instagram]'''
  
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:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://twitter.com/calebspjute Twitter]'''
  
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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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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.