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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."
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'''Jason Lyle Black''' who is professionally known as "The Backwards Piano Man"® is a music composer, performer, YouTuber, educator, and entrepreneur. In his short bio on his [https://www.facebook.com/jasonlyleblack/ Facebook] page, Jason states, "I perform and share videos of virtuoso piano and musical comedy." And his [https://www.youtube.com/user/jasonlyleblack YouTube] channel description reads:
  
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."
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:Clever and compelling, Jason Lyle Black combines piano masterpieces of favorite songs with high-brow musical comedy, tipping the hat to musical comedians like Victor Borge and Tom Lehrer or to musical greats like The Piano Guys or Postmodern Jukebox.
  
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.
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Jason Lyle Black was born and raised in Livermore, California. At the age of eight, he began playing the piano and studied classical piano with Mary Beth Cheney until he graduated from high school. He also studied piano with Professor Roy Bogas of Holy Names College for a short time. In addition to learning to play the piano, Jason studied trumpet with Jay Rizzetto of then-Cal State Hayward, and he also plays the organ.
  
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."
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In his own right, Jason has had a very successful career in the music business thus far. He is a published arranger with Hal Leonard, the largest sheet music publisher in the world. His YouTube videos have been featured on ''Huffington Post'', ''Yahoo'', ''CNN'', ''Seventeen Magazine'', and ''Good Morning America''. He is a frequent concert performer and has performed various times in concerts with popular artist Jon Schmidt (now of [[The Piano Guys]]). He has also appeared in several live television performances in Hollywood where he is perhaps best known for his performance on the Ellen Degeneres show in 2010, playing his trademark backward piano act, and in Tokyo, Japan on Fuji TV. Jason is the composer and self-publisher of three piano solo albums: ''Another Point of View'' (original compositions and classical remixes, 2009); ''Midnight Clear'' (Christmas music, 2011), and ''Hope of Israel'' (instrumental religious, 2012). The albums are available for purchase on iTunes or Amazon MP3 and can be streamed free on Spotify. He is also a music composition teacher in both private and group settings.
  
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.
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Jason is also the creator of the Montage Method™ for composition. He founded Montage Music in June 2015, the company located in the Greater Salt Lake City, Utah area through which he engages in all of his music business ventures to include: (1) composing and arranging piano music for publication (sheet music) and for recording for YouTube, both for himself and other artists; (2) writing YouTube video concepts and recording “piano with a story” videos; (3) performing live concerts as "The Backwards Piano Man"; and (4) teaching private piano and composition lessons via Skype.
  
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.
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He has entertained audiences at the Draper City Amphitheater (Draper, UT – 2013, 2014), Oakland Temple Hill Visitor’s Center (Oakland, CA – 2013), Phi Kappa Phi National Convention (St. Louis, MO – 2012), and at numerous other public and private events. He has had the honor of sharing the stage with renowned artists such as [[William Joseph]], [[Nathan Pacheco]], [[Marshall McDonald]], and other pianists and vocalists. His biography on his [http://www.jasonlyleblack.com/ official website] states:
  
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.  
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:In his live shows, Jason focuses on piano entertainment: making creative piano spoofs and using comedy + classical music to entertain audiences of all ages. Jason is also known for taking requests on the spot in shows, which sets him apart from other pianists and performers of the day.
  
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.
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Jason Lyle Black is a member of [[The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]]. He served a full-time two-year [[Mission|mission]] for the Church in the Louisville, Kentucky area. He graduated from [[Brigham Young University]] (BYU) and holds a B.S. and Master's degree in Accounting. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant. He currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee where he works full-time in the music industry.  
  
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.
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On Wednesday, 3 February 2016, Jason announced on his Facebook page that he had just signed a record deal with one of the top independent labels in the industry – Stone Angel Music. Stone Angel Music was founded by Steinway concert artist and Billboard recording artist, [https://paulcardall.com/ Paul Cardall]. Paul writes and performs music, and has played the piano since he was a young boy of eight. He has numerous #1 Billboard albums to his credit. He produced Jason’s album called ''Piano Preludes'' (an album of original piano music) which was released in May 2016.
  
==Follow Caleb Spjute on Social Media==
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==Follow Jason Lyle Black on Social Media==
  
:*'''Caleb's Blog [https://sundayswithcaleb.blogspot.com/ Sunday's @6 with Caleb]'''
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:*'''Jason Lyle Black's [http://www.jasonlyleblack.com/ official website]'''
  
:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.facebook.com/calebspjute/ Facebook]'''
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:*'''Follow Jason Lyle Black on [https://www.facebook.com/jasonlyleblack/ Facebook]'''
  
:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrOKmhY6KfB1VHW0NDZxlng YouTube]'''
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:*'''Follow Jason Lyle Black on [https://www.youtube.com/user/jasonlyleblack YouTube]'''
  
:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://www.instagram.com/mini_mozart_caleb/ Instagram]'''
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:*'''Follow Jason Lyle Black on [https://instagram.com/jasonlyleblack/ Instagram]'''
  
:*'''Follow Caleb Spjute on [https://twitter.com/calebspjute Twitter]'''
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:*'''Follow Jason Lyle Black on [https://twitter.com/jasonlyleblack Twitter]'''
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:*'''Follow Jason Lyle Black on [https://open.spotify.com/artist/0kcnZgcDJgbGRzEiQ0oZXf Spotify]'''
  
 
:<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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Revision as of 10:25, 11 June 2020

Jason Lyle Black ( a.k.a. The Backwards Piano Man ®)

Jason Lyle Black who is professionally known as "The Backwards Piano Man"® is a music composer, performer, YouTuber, educator, and entrepreneur. In his short bio on his Facebook page, Jason states, "I perform and share videos of virtuoso piano and musical comedy." And his YouTube channel description reads:

Clever and compelling, Jason Lyle Black combines piano masterpieces of favorite songs with high-brow musical comedy, tipping the hat to musical comedians like Victor Borge and Tom Lehrer or to musical greats like The Piano Guys or Postmodern Jukebox.

Jason Lyle Black was born and raised in Livermore, California. At the age of eight, he began playing the piano and studied classical piano with Mary Beth Cheney until he graduated from high school. He also studied piano with Professor Roy Bogas of Holy Names College for a short time. In addition to learning to play the piano, Jason studied trumpet with Jay Rizzetto of then-Cal State Hayward, and he also plays the organ.

In his own right, Jason has had a very successful career in the music business thus far. He is a published arranger with Hal Leonard, the largest sheet music publisher in the world. His YouTube videos have been featured on Huffington Post, Yahoo, CNN, Seventeen Magazine, and Good Morning America. He is a frequent concert performer and has performed various times in concerts with popular artist Jon Schmidt (now of The Piano Guys). He has also appeared in several live television performances in Hollywood where he is perhaps best known for his performance on the Ellen Degeneres show in 2010, playing his trademark backward piano act, and in Tokyo, Japan on Fuji TV. Jason is the composer and self-publisher of three piano solo albums: Another Point of View (original compositions and classical remixes, 2009); Midnight Clear (Christmas music, 2011), and Hope of Israel (instrumental religious, 2012). The albums are available for purchase on iTunes or Amazon MP3 and can be streamed free on Spotify. He is also a music composition teacher in both private and group settings.

Jason is also the creator of the Montage Method™ for composition. He founded Montage Music in June 2015, the company located in the Greater Salt Lake City, Utah area through which he engages in all of his music business ventures to include: (1) composing and arranging piano music for publication (sheet music) and for recording for YouTube, both for himself and other artists; (2) writing YouTube video concepts and recording “piano with a story” videos; (3) performing live concerts as "The Backwards Piano Man"; and (4) teaching private piano and composition lessons via Skype.

He has entertained audiences at the Draper City Amphitheater (Draper, UT – 2013, 2014), Oakland Temple Hill Visitor’s Center (Oakland, CA – 2013), Phi Kappa Phi National Convention (St. Louis, MO – 2012), and at numerous other public and private events. He has had the honor of sharing the stage with renowned artists such as William Joseph, Nathan Pacheco, Marshall McDonald, and other pianists and vocalists. His biography on his official website states:

In his live shows, Jason focuses on piano entertainment: making creative piano spoofs and using comedy + classical music to entertain audiences of all ages. Jason is also known for taking requests on the spot in shows, which sets him apart from other pianists and performers of the day.

Jason Lyle Black is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a full-time two-year mission for the Church in the Louisville, Kentucky area. He graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) and holds a B.S. and Master's degree in Accounting. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant. He currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee where he works full-time in the music industry.

On Wednesday, 3 February 2016, Jason announced on his Facebook page that he had just signed a record deal with one of the top independent labels in the industry – Stone Angel Music. Stone Angel Music was founded by Steinway concert artist and Billboard recording artist, Paul Cardall. Paul writes and performs music, and has played the piano since he was a young boy of eight. He has numerous #1 Billboard albums to his credit. He produced Jason’s album called Piano Preludes (an album of original piano music) which was released in May 2016.

Follow Jason Lyle Black on Social Media

Discover more seasoned and upcoming LDS artists by visiting the Latter-day Saint Musicians website.