As a teenager, Jon was inspired by the early albums of Mannheim Steamroller. "Because of them, I took license to blatantly mix elements from my classical piano training with rock and roll," he said. Judging from the remarkable diversity in the age and background of the Jon Schmidt audience, his show seems to have universal appeal. His televised concert, "A Jon Schmidt Christmas," has fast become a successful yearly tradition. After airing of the PBS concert, hundreds of messages were left on KUED's viewer line with comments such as "I couldn't turn it off" and "one of the most incredible hours I've spent on a Saturday night in a long time."
For current discography and other information about Jon Schmidt, visit www.jonschmidt.com
Paul Cardall is a national recording artist who is best known for his album, The Christmas Box, on the Narada Label. Paul's catalogue of albums offers a spirited and diverse musical array of emotions--from the soft touch of a solo piano to the smooth, heartfelt melodies of guitars, bass, strings and a children's choir.
The Chicago Sun Times described Paul's style as "Wonderfully moving and inspiring. Cardall's keystrokes are as gentle as a first snowfall, which makes the familiar melodies that much sweeter to hear."
Having shared Billboard's New Age Top 25 Charts with artists like Enya, Brickman, Yanni, and Winston, Paul Cardall is quickly becoming a household name in quality instrumental music.
For current discography and other information about Paul Cardall, visit www.paulcardall.com
Michael R. Hicks has performed for audiences all over the world and his music reflects his many travels. He has shared his talent from the California's coast to the Middle East, from Vancouver, Canada to Kenya, Africa.
Michael's compositions and creative arrangements have been performed by tens of thousands across the globe. His music has the power to unify and touch his audience. One listener described her delight this way: "we sat in stunned silence [and] looked at one another -- we couldn't believe our ears!"
Michael's keen sensitivity has been described by reviewers as "a beautiful expression of feelings within music." His perceptive music has earned him widespread recognition, including Pearl Award nominations.
For current discography and other information about Michael R. Hicks, visit www.michaelrhicks.com
David Tolk studied classical piano from an early age in the small, sylvan town of Mendham, New Jersey. At the age of 14, David moved to Nashville with his family and continued his musical training with a broader approach, incorporating jazz and developing his improvisational skills. David began composing contemplative instrumental piano music and performing with rock bands while in high school.
David began performing with folk artist Peter Breinholt to sold-out concerts throughout the United States. After recording several albums with Breinholt, David recorded his first CD of original compositions, Mendham, inspired by memories of the natural beauties of his childhood home. His second album, Stories in the Sky, containing songs influenced by poetry, travel, and family, was released the following year. David's Christmas album, Holiday, features his arrangements of both traditional and original Christmas carols and has found distribution throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
For current discography and other information about David Tolk, visit www.davidtolk.com
Check out the artist's website:
1. My Little Girl (Schmidt)
2. The Release (Cardall)
3. Through the Trees (Tolk)
4. Muir Woods (Hicks)
5. Heir To My Affection (Tolk)
6. Voices (Cardall)
7. The Fishing Stream (Schmidt)
8. Moki Canyon Lullaby (Hicks)
9. In Perfect Silence (Tolk)
10. Nature's Catch (Hicks)
11. Morning Light (Schmidt)
12. Afternoon Rain (Cardall)