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The Piano Guys

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The Piano Guys are an Internet sensation of four men from Utah who turned a passion for classical music into a thriving recording and performing career. With a YouTube channel drawing millions of viewers, they created a crowd-pleasing mix of classical crossover, pop and rock with hit albums and performances around the world. Pianist Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson combine with videographer Paul Anderson and producer Al van der Beek to makeup the project. All are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, and they gave up other careers to pursue their musical venture.

They attracted millions of views of new videos they posted on YouTube every week from 2010 and they caught the attention of Sony Masterworks who signed them to a recording contract. Their tracks are a mix of classical forms with pop tunes and they have produced several very popular albums of Christmas songs and hymns. Their eponymous first album for Sony in 2012 topped Billboard's Classical Albums and New Age Charts and went to number 44 on the Billboard 200. 'The Piano Guys 2' (2013) also topped the Classical and New Age Charts and reached number 38 on the Billboard 200.

Other albums to reach the top two positions on the Classical and New Age Charts include 'A Family Christmas' (2013), 'Wonders' (2014), 'Live!: Carnegie Hall Audio + Red Rocks Concert Video' (2015) and 'Uncharted' (2016). Their 2017 release, 'Christmas Together' topped both charts and went to number 27 on the Billboard 200.

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