If you love inspiring music, you’ll want to know Jason Lyle Black and his new album Piano Preludes.
In fact, you may have already been introduced to Black without even realizing it. His music videos for popular Disney songs, such as this Frozen mashup and this heart-warming recreation of Up for his grandparent’s 80th anniversary, have all gone viral. Black’s even showed off his backwards piano playing on Ellen.
However, as a professional composer and concert pianist, Black also loves writing original music to reach people’s emotions. That was the goal of Piano Preludes.
“Stone Angel Music, the record label I am with, focuses on creating music that helps people have spiritual feelings,” Black said. “The purpose of this album is to help people feel peace, joy, and hope. The music is quiet and speaks to the soul. Many of the songs have messages behind them of spiritual themes, such as “In the Garden” (reference to the Garden of Gethsemane), “Soldier’s Prayer” (thinking of those in the armed forces, and what they experience), and “Evening Prayer,” which reminds me of my sister who passed away from cancer, and the perseverance she had in her faith throughout years of fighting cancer.”
The beautiful album, which features fifteen piano and orchestral pieces, has resonated with listeners. It debuted at #2 on the New Age Billboard Chart before quickly climbing to #1 on the New Age Chart for iTunes. For Black, getting to connect with the people who enjoy his music has been one of the most rewarding experiences.
“I really appreciate hearing from people about how my music has touched them. I’d love to hear people’s experiences with this album. It really comes from my heart and I know it can touch people when they listen!” Black said.
Black also enjoyed working with other musical veterans in the LDS community. Not only is Paul Cardall, famed LDS pianist, a mentor of Black’s, but he helped him put together the album and gave its first review.
“One of the most beautiful piano recordings I’ve associated with,” Cardall said.
Jenny Oaks Baker, daughter of Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Grammy-nominated violinist, is also featured on the album and performs alongside Black in the first music video for the album.
“I really enjoyed working with Jenny Oaks Baker on the music video for Champs-Élysées,” Black said. “She is a phenomenal musician (as people know) and we are working on another project I’d like to release later this year, with her. I also love the overall setting for the video at the Chateau de Chenonceau; it’s a beautiful location.”
Support Black and learn more about his music by purchasing the album. You can get it here. Black, along with The Piano Gal, BYU Vocal Point, and others will be performing in Utah this summer. Keep up with Black’s official Facebook page for more information.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.