The Piano Man
The beginning of the musical parade this weekend will start with
a BYU pianist playing his original music.
Jared Johnson will open for Peter Breinholt and Big Parade on Jan.
12 at 7:30 in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom at BYU.
Johnson, 22, from Houston, majoring in communications will be the
opening act for Breinholt. He will play a 20-minute set.
Johnson will be releasing his first CD, "Piano Pop" after the performance.
Johnson describes his music as piano pop because, "it won't put
you to sleep on a Sunday afternoon or anything."
Breinholt chooses acts by how appropriate the music of another musician
would contribute to his concert.
"I think he saw this as appropriate because it's a BYU concert,
and here I am a student," Johnson said.
He has been trying to open for Breinholt for months.
"I'm one of his biggest fans. This is a great spring board into
what my career turns into," he said.
Johnson started playing at the age of 5 with his mother as his piano
teacher. After being inspired by John Schmidt's piano pieces while
at EFY, Johnson went on to write a few songs and play for friends.
Johnson's wife, Stephanie, is supportive of his chance to play with
"It's a dream come true for him; it is something that he has wanted
to do his whole life and he is really excited for," she said.
His first performance of his original work was at a ward prayer
of his freshman year, Johnson said.
He began to write songs on his preparation day in the Denver, Colorado
The tune of the song, "Snow Angels," came to him in between appointments
in the mission field.
"I always describe it as piano pop; it's his own genre. I love listening
to it. It's really relaxing and upbeat and it has a lot of jazz
in it," Stephanie Johnson said.
Another song, "Reunion," was written after seeing friends from before
"It's a really upbeat song," he said.
His piano solos have caught on in popularity and he has been invited
to play at a few different venues, Johnson said.
He has performed at BYUSA's Live at the Terrace, and at the BYU
Homecoming Dance at the Chillon Reception Center last October.
After consultation with David Tolk, another LDS piano soloist, Johnson
decided to form his own record company, along with a Web site.
Johnson and his wife designed the Web site: www.jaredjohnson.com,
to make his CD more available.
"I wanted people that enjoy my music to be able to get it," Johnson