Must Dos — COVID-19 Edition

By Chelsea Kern For nearly 20 years, we’ve showcased local events in our “Must-Do” section of Utah Valley Magazine. But 2020 is so not 2019. Check out some of our favorite “musts” — but this time, no tickets or selfies in the seats are required. We’ve gathered podcasts, books and YouTube channels created by our […]

Utah-Tube: Jon Schmidt showcases his childhood dream in ‘Million Dreams’ music video

A young pianist had “a million dreams” that became a reality — and not just in this music video. The Piano Guys pianist, Jon Schmidt, shared his dreams of becoming a professional pianist in a new music video. Covering “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman,” a young Schmidt, played by 14-year-old pianist Milo Allman, sweeps […]

Utah-Tube: A few of the greatest ‘Greatest Showman’ covers by local artists

“The Greatest Showman” hit theaters Dec. 20, 2017. Since then, the musical’s anthems have been on repeat throughout the world. With music written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul — the award-winning songwriters behind Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen” and movie musical “La La Land” — most artists want a piece of the songwriters’ genius, including […]

Utah-Tube: Piano Guys cellist shares his love story through music

Steven Sharp Nelson, the cellist in the Piano Guys, shared why his love story is written in the stars in the group’s Valentine’s Day video. “I wish I could even portray, with music, what she means to me. I can’t. There’s just not music beautiful enough,” Nelson said. “However, I want to give it my […]

Utah-Tube: Jon Schmidt dedicates Christmas song to deceased daughter Annie

The Piano Guys’ pianist Jon Schmidt created a music video for people who are missing someone they’ve lost, especially if they are missing them during this holiday season. He dedicated the song to his daughter Annie, who died while hiking last year. “So last year, was a really tough year for us,” Jon Schmidt said. […]

Utah-Tube: The Piano Guys shoot new music video with iPhone X

The Piano Guys became one of the first groups to film a music video entirely on an iPhone X. On Thursday, the piano and cello duo released a cover of Niall Horan’s song, “Flicker.” “We loved the chorus melody and felt there was tremendously emotional capacity in the longing built into the lyrics, which the […]

Utah-Tube: The Piano Guys create ‘La La Land’ inspired music video

The Piano Guys are giving fans a taste of the “city of stars,” but it isn’t through their music this time — it’s through the video. In their newest music video, The Piano Guys recreate a popular scene from “La La Land,” the movie musical that won five Oscars in 2017. This time around pianist […]

Utah-Tube: The Piano Guys harmonize with Sir Cliff Richard to echo a hopeful message

The Piano Guys harmonized with Sir Cliff Richard to echo a hopeful message, “It’s Gonna Be Okay.” This music video features the song, “It’s Gonna Be Okay,” performed by The Piano Guys and guest singer Sir Cliff Richard. Sir Cliff Richard is a British rock ‘n’ roll sensation who’s been performing since the 1950s. The Piano […]

Utah-Tube: Indiana Jones meets Aladdin in The Piano Guys’ new music video

Continuing their quest to film music videos at all Seven Wonders of the World, The Piano Guys released a video from their fourth visited Wonder — Petra, Jordan — Tuesday morning. This music video combines the theme song from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” along with “Scheherazade,” a classical composition by Russian composer Nikolai […]

Utah-Tube: The Piano Guys share upbeat message of hope with ‘Okay’

In a video uncharacteristic for The Piano Guys, singer Al van der Beek joins the group, adding vocals to their typically instrumental songs. The Piano Guys chose the song  “Okay” written by Andy Grammar and Dave Bassett, because they wanted to uplift in a world that focuses on sharing the bad news. “This is the essence of hope,” […]

Hello, new Piano Guys video: Adele and Mozart’s musical minds mesh in mashup

Hello, new Piano Guys mashup. Imagining Adele and Mozart meeting for a co-write session, the Piano Guys combined Adele’s chart-topper, “Hello,” with Mozart’s “Lacrimosa” for a emotionally reflective new song. “They share the same fundamental feeling — ‘Lacrimosa’ (meaning ‘weeping’ or ‘tearful’) mournfully bemoans spiritual death, while ‘Hello’ gripes about relationship regrets,” the Piano Guys wrote on their […]

Piano Guys reverence ‘Jurassic Park’ theme song in music video

Dinosaurs aren’t so scary with The Piano Guys reverent version of the “Jurassic Park” theme song released on YouTube Wednesday. With “Jurassic World” coming to theaters Friday, The Piano Guys created a very calming version of the classic theme song, including a dinosaur’s shadow reflecting off of the piano. The Piano Guys wrote on their site, […]

The Piano Guys are ‘Bach’ with a mix of the 1770s and 1970s

The Piano Guys are “Bach” with a new classy, yet funky, twist. Mashing up the Jackson 5’s pop favorite, “I Want You Back,” and five melodies from composer J.S. Bach, The Piano Guys mix classics from two decades — the 1970s with the 1770s. “We decided to put together a gig with two wigs in dandy attire and two hep-cats in […]

Utah YouTube channel collaboration breaks world record

Angels gathered in Provo on Rock Canyon Park’s hillside in November to help The Piano Guys and other Utah YouTube stars break the Guinness World Record for the largest nativity scene with real people — and they did it. The new video, “Angels We Have Heard on High,” broke Britain’s record from last year (898) by […]

The Piano Guys tell an emotional story with their newest music video

The Piano Guys have once again released a cover of a popular song, but this time they’ve done something different — they’ve shared a story. After completing their arrangement for One Direction’s “Story of My Life,” The Piano Guys discussed how they wanted to present the video.  “What happened surprised us all. The story itself […]

YouTah Valley: The new Hollywood for YouTube sensations

The Beehive State ranks No. 3 in the world for YouTube celebrities, and just about all of them gained their fame right here in Utah Valley, according to Plaid Social Labs. “Utah Valley has the first group of Utubers that have come out with true high-end production,”  said Ricky Ray Butler,  founder and president of Plaid […]