|PROVO, UTóNew artist Jared Johnson will
open for award-winning pop songstress Julie de Azevedo at
BYUís de Jong Concert Hall on October 26 in a fundraising
concert for the Y Cycling Club.
The concert will feature new tunes from de
Azevedoís latest pop album HELLO SKY, as well as Johnsonís
own unique brand of piano music.
Johnson couldnít find the right genre
for his music, so he created his own. His debut album,
Piano Pop blends ingredients of jazz, new age, classical
and straightforward pop in a mixture of upbeat and
"This is music you can listen to over
and over and never get tired of," said Russ Dixon of
the group Colors. Johnson opened for Colors earlier this
year at another benefit concert.
"Piano Pop is a high-energy
piano album that takes you places. Jared's compositions are
moving and fun to listen to," said pianist Michael R.
Hicks, who received three Pearl Award nominations this
summer for his album Creations.
On stage, Johnson adds a new dimension to
his music by actually drumming on the piano with his hands
to produce a background beat.
Raised in Houston, Texas, Johnson began
his classical training at age five. In high school, he stuck
with the piano and began studying percussion in addition.
Johnson has seen hands-on success opening
for popular acts including Colors and Peter Breinholt. His
music is played regularly on KOSYís "Sounds of the
Sabbath" program Sunday mornings. Online, Piano Pop
is featured on KZION radio, and four songs from the album
reached Top 40 positions on MP3.com within a month.
Other artists seem to recognize Johnsonís
ability to share uplifting piano music in a new light.
"Jared uses his unique brand of solo
piano to relax and refesh an audience that is growing larger
and larger," said local piano favorite Jon Schmidt.
The October 26 concert will raise money
for the Y Cycling Club. Both de Azevedo and Johnson are no
strangers to benefit concerts. De Azevedo has performed in a
string of them recently, including a benefit for victims of
the September 11 terrorist attacks. Johnson recently
performed in a concert to raise funds for the Provo High
School track team.
Tickets for the 7:30 concert are $7 in
advance, $8 at the door, and are available at the Harris
Fine Arts Center Box Office.