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Jason Lyle Black

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

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He was born and raised in Livermore, California. At the age of 8, 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. He 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. And he is 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.

Jason 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 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 degree in Accounting. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant. He currently resides in Salt Lake City Utah where he works full-time in the music industry while doing part-time business consulting on the side.

Jason Lyle Black Makes Big Announcement

On Wednesday, 3 February 2016, Jason announced on his Facebook page that he has 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 8. He has numerous #1 Billboard albums to his credit. He will be producing Jason’s new album called Piano Preludes (an album of original piano music) which is set to be released in May 2016.

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