Personal Records is pleased to offer the solo piano music of concert
and recording artist Calvin Jones. Fresh, original music with strong
melodic content, Calvin's unique style incorporates classical
direction so often missing in much of today's instrumental music,
while delivering haunting, memorable melodies with spaciousness and
Calvin is the composer of "Whitewater Chopped Sticks" performed by Teresa Scanlan, Miss Nebraska, who won the Miss America Preliminary Talent Competition on Night Three of the Miss America 2011 pageant. Teresa then won the Miss America 2011 Pageant January 25th performing Calvin's special 90 second edited version thrilling some 14 million viewers on ABC TV with her blazing peformance.
Calvin is known in many circles as he has
traveled the U.S. doing concerts from coast to coast for the past 20
years. As well as live concerts, he excels in doing soundtracks for
film and TV.
Calvin was composer of the soundtrack for the documentary "2016: Obama's America" which became the 2nd highest grossing documentary at the box office ever at $36M. In its first week of release it was the number #1 grossing film!
He has also produced the music for Life
Athletes (an organization of professional athletes promoting respect
for life among teens), Promise Keepers, ATS Telecommunications,
LifeMedia as well as Hallmark and McDonalds.
Check out Calvin's new release Dueling Pianos with special guest Teresa Scanlan - Miss America 2011 released January 17th worldwide on Sony/Provident. The best of Calvin's solo piano plus new recordings of Whitewater Chopped Sticks and other new favorites including Teresa's crown winning performance of Whitewater Chopped Sticks version and the haunting "After All" with vocals by Teresa.
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YOUTUBE LINKS & VIEWER COMMENTS
Whitewater Chopped Sticks is a hit on YouTube.Com! Here are some examples:
Lauren Jones (not a relative!) playing Whitewater Chopped Sticks for the Miss Nephi Pageant for the talent portion. Watch the YouTube Video
Viewers said. . .
"This is Calvin Jones's song White Water Chopped Sticks. My sister performed it for the Miss Nephi pageant and won. She says it's the most fun she's ever had with a piano solo and she absolutely loves it." - compyvirus
"Lauren Jones, daughter of David H. and Sally Jones, was crowned Miss Nephi 2010 at the pageant held March 16, 2010....
Miss Jones performed a piano solo entitled “Whitewater Chopped Sticks” by Calvin Jones.... As Miss Nephi, Jones received an $800 scholarship, dress and day wear, crown, banner, jewelry and flowers plus many gift certificates from local businesses..." - Rebecca Dopp,
Times-News Correspondent, Nephi, Utah.
Teesh playing Whitewater Chopped Sticks for the Miss Sidney/Southwest Outstanding Teen Pageant for the talent portion. "I ended up winning Miss Sidney Outstanding Teen." Watch the YouTube Video
Viewers said. . .
"Totally the best version I've seen on youtube! :) Good Job!" - Angie3305
"Good job! Where did you find the music for this?" - cleken
"Oh my gosh this is amazing!! I'm entering a pageant and I would love to play this song but I can't find it anywhere, where did you find this song?" - candytumbler
[candytumbler (Candace Wride) eventually found us and got the music then went on to win the talent competition in her local Jr. Miss Pageant on June 17, 2009!]
I just wanted to personally thank you for writing Whitewater Chopped sticks. I entered a Pageant called Jr. Miss which is a pageant made for only juniors in High School. There were 15 girls competing and I wanted to find a song to play that had personality. While looking around at some videos on youtube I came across your song being played and completely fell in love with it! I was able to order it and had a blast learning it! My family would joke around with me because I would play it so much. I became addicted to playing it because it was so much fun...The night of the pageant I went out on stage and put my all into it. With this song I won the talent portion of the pageant out of 15 very talented young ladies and was rewarded with scholarship money! This song has so much personality and is so showy that the judges and audience loved it like I did. There are many people who have come to me and asked me where I found this song because they want to learn it themselves so I would love to get copies of it to music stores around here. Thank you so much for composing such a wonderful song!! - Candace Wride :)
Tommyguy1988 playing Whitewater Chopped Sticks..."In my senior talent show at my high school, a fellow piano playing classmate in the talent show with me asked that I turn pages for him. This piece was what he was performing. I was so facinated with this version of Chopsticks that I began to learn just from watching him. So I learned this piece without ever seeing any music for it. And I've remembered it over 4 years. This is a perfect example of what happens when boredom and video cameras come together..." Watch the YouTube Video
Viewers said. . .
"One of the best playings I've heard of this, and amazing that you never saw the music for it - it's a complicated song! Anyway, good job on making it clean and a good speed :) I am impressed!" - joyfuljenilee
The solo piano music of Calvin Jones reaches people of all
ages and backgrounds. Here's what people are saying:
[Calvin's] music doesn't sound like John Tesh or Yanni.
It has more substance.
July a friend invited me to a craft fair, and even though I knew I
couldn't buy anything, because I was living on a shoestring, I went.
That's when I first heard your song, 'Uncharted Waters.' I stood at
a booth and listened to it over and over, and despite my not having
a cent to spare, I knew I had to have that CD. I took it home, and
enjoyed it thoroughly..."
- N.C. Denver, CO
"'Magical. It [Whitewater Chopped Sticks] made me want to dance
- M.R. Denver, CO
my father a CD player for Fathers Day and when I played Danny Boy
[Londonderry Falls] for him, he cried, and then we all had a good
cry. I have truly enjoyed travelling with you through high places,
and can't wait to see you play."
- J.M. Oswego, NY
the line of work that I do there are dangers I encounter daily. I
find your music very relaxing after a day in the sky. Every night
I fall asleep to it on the ship. I love your music!"
Capt. D. D., Attack Pilot - USMC Newbern, NC
"This is the fourth copy of this tape I've bought! [Calvin
Jones, Through High Places] One will be a Christmas present for my
sister in Washington state, the other two are getting worn out in
Tucson and Omaha, and this, the fourth, is mine to get others hooked.
The music has been a real blessing and a healing, soothing balm."
- C.S. Fort Collins, CO
"July, I drove alone from Florida to Hillsdale, MI .... My
whole point in writing to tell you all this is that "Through High
Places" accompanied me on my trip and even though I had several other
tapes along which I listened to and enjoyed, it was your music that
I played almost continuously. In fact, I wondered if I would wear
- M.U. Student - Osprey, FL
in life can be very stressful and hectic. There are many times when
I come home after work and I need a haven where I can feel peaceful
and relaxed. Your music calms my spirit and puts things into perspective
again for me. Sometimes it brings me to tears and other times I experience
joy. At any rate, I am thankful that I can be soothed when I hear
your beautiful music."
- P.H. Banking - Pierre, SD
"Your music has enlightened both of us for years and we owe
much of our love for music to you."
- C.T.B. Chef - Orange City, IA
also a pianist, and don't get to hear others play that often ....
Sometimes I get tired of hearing pianists playing 'other people's
music' ... So I thank you heartily for sharing your music with us.
It is refreshing and encouraging."
- S.K. Pianist - Everett, WA
begin to tell you how much I've enjoyed the unique arrangements on
this album. I love his touch, his style, and the deep feeling that
is in every song. ...Every time I listen to my tape I have this great
urge to be able to sit down and play the songs for myself [with our
sheet music, now you can!]. I love the music!"
- A.G. Music Teacher - Averill Park, NY
"Recently a dear friend of mine, M.K., shared with me one of
her most treasured possessions, which happened to be your tape "Through
High Places." She told me what an inspirational blessing your music
has been in her life. M.K. is a very special, courageous person. She
is a 42 year old mother of three, battling both cancer and heart problems.
Faced with the harsh reality that she won't live many more years,
M.K. finds a peaceful haven away from her illness, in your music.
Your songs uplift her spirit in her darkest moments by providing hope
and tranquility. I want to thank you for sharing your musical talent
with the world and touching so many lives with your beautiful gift