What started as an inspiration by Sha-na-na as a child, to debuting at #1 on iTunes Classical with his 2014 release, The Chopin Variations, Chad Lawson has accomplished much in between. While in school at the Berklee College of Music, Chad began his career as a studio musician. After his studies at Berklee, he decided to go on tour with Babik Reinhardt (son of legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt).
Following his stint on the road, Chad formed the Chad Lawson Trio. They released their self-titled debut album in 1997 followed by Dear Dorothy; The Oz Sessions (jazz trio arrangements of The Wizard of Oz) in 2002 and Unforeseen two years later. Taking a sabbatical from the jazz trio in 2007, Lawson went on tour in Europe and South America with Julio Iglesias as a keyboardist.
In 2009, Chad released his first solo album, Set on a Hill. The album was produced by the legendary Will Ackerman (Grammy winner/Founder of Windham Hill Records) and was voted "Album of the Year" by Whispering Solo Piano's 1 million listeners.
2011 was a year of overachievement for Chad as he generated two albums and one single. The Piano was released in October to rave reviews and also awarded, "Classical Album of the Year" by SoloPiano.com. In August 2011, Chad offered Song of Prayer, a 32-minute improvisational single. This musical masterpiece provided the perfect soundtrack for introspective reflection and meditation. He ended the year with the full-length, A Solo Piano Christmas, featuring his renditions of classic Christmas songs. Reviews New Age proclaimed, "Superb! 5 out of 5 stars."
The Space Between, released in 2013, hit #12 on Amazon's Adult Alternative Chart which is an impressive feat for an independent release. Named by CDBaby as an Editor's Pick, The Space Between peaked the attention of NPR and Lawson was invited as a featured guest appearance on Talk of the Nation.
Chad's latest release, The Chopin Variations, has drawn commanding attention as it claimed the #1 spot on iTunes Classical before even released. Featured on NPR's All Things Considered, the double disc album contains 10 works of Chopin arranged in a minimalist landscape along with violinist, Judy Kang (Lady Gaga, Ryuichi Sakamoto) and cellist Rubin Kodheli (Kanye West, Norah Jones). The release immediately sold out at Amazon.com where it placed in the elite Top 100 albums that week.
Chad's music has been played on NPR, Delta Airlines flights and in Starbucks coffee shops. Television shows (Dawson's Creek, MTV's Teen Mom 2), movies (DoughBoys, Plimpton!) and commercials (Bacardi, Relais Chateaux upscale boutique hotels) have also utilized his works. The Notebook, an upcoming Broadway musical where Chad was brought on to arrange and notate the show's musical pieces.
While working as a keyboardist with an artist on Sony Records, the late and legendary music producer Phil Ramone told celebrated music director Jack Douglas, "You have an amazing keyboard player. " It was an unforgettable compliment that Chad still cherishes to this day.
Chad Lawson is a master musician and artist extraordinaire. This brilliance is evident in his gifted original compositions and his exceptional interpretations of the beloved classics.
#1 iTunes Classical Album Debut. Chad felt Chopin needed a new introduction. Along with violinist, Judy Kang and cellist Rubin Kodheli, the trio has arranged 10 Chopin works into a minimalist format even the "poet of the piano" would appreciate.
A double disc release, disc one contains the pieces as piano, violin and cello. While, disc two is performed as solo piano.
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The much anticipated Chopin Variations finally came to life when the album hit #1 on iTunes Classical before it was even released. After a feature on NPR's All Things Considered, Lawson found himself sitting at the very top of charts as The Chopin Variations was embraced by many! More
NPR's, All Things Considered Weekend, recently asked Chad to join in conversation about The Chopin Variations. Host, Arun Rath, is no stranger to classical music and thought his audience would appreciate the twist on Chopin. You can listen to the interview on their website at All Things Considered Weekend.
News of The Chopin Variations have jumped to pond to the UK. Writer Tania Halban composes an eloquent landscape as she details the ins/outs of Lawson's newest release. She even goes into detail as to depicting before/after (original/new) on some of the pieces. It is WELL worth the time to read the write up and please, if you have a moment, drop her an email to say how much you appreciate the immense work involved in posting her pieces. She gives a tremendous voice to artists. More