Multi-award winning pianist and composer Chad Lawson has an impressive list of accomplishments in recent years that many artists could only hope for in a lifetime. He has released seven critically acclaimed albums, worked with renowned musicians and producers and has the distinguished honor of being a Steinway artist.
Born in North Carolina, Chad knew he wanted to be a musician at the age of five. He pursued this dream at age 18 when he enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While in school, Chad began his career as a studio musician and 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, is Chad's latest effort. The album 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 is also being recognized internationally on premier music podcast RTVE, the NPR equivalent in Spain, where "I Wish I Knew" and "A Love is Born" is on their playlist.
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.
Charting at #12 on Amazon's Adult Alternative, Chad took a risk on this release but it has more than paid off and landed him as a featured guest on NPR's Talk of the Nation.
From solo piano to ambient cello, Lawson penned all songs except Ave Maria and a cover of "No One's Gonna Love You" by Band of Horses. The Space Between was also featured on Echoes with John Diliberto. + To Cart
Landing at #19 on iTunes Classical, The Piano evokes Chad's influence of classical influence, evident by the opening track of his variation on Bach's Prelude in C Major.
Music Critic, Michael Debbage
of Mainly Piano states "The
Piano is so impressive in its impressionistic simplicities that it refuses to stand in the shadows of Lawson's stellar debut Set on a Hill." + To Cart
Produced and recorded by Grammy Award Winner and founder of the Windham Hill Label, Will Ackerman, Set on a Hill was Chad's maiden voyage into the world of Solo Piano.
Recorded during the same weekend as The Piano, A Solo Piano Christmas' success was evident by Amazon selling out of the album 4 times in a week & a half upon its release.
"...an ideal choice for relaxation at this most stressful time of the year." says Bill Binkelman of Wind & Wire and adding "Far and away, this is the cream of 2011's crop of solo piano holiday recordings."
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Music critique extraordinaire, Bill Binkelman, recently reviewed The Space Between for his column Wind and Wire and is also published at ZoneMusicReporter.com I am honored the he captured the vision of the new release and his praise is not taken for granted by any means. More
Online music magazine, Drowned In Sound, posted the Top 5 picks from some of their favorite artists. The incomparable Olafur Arnalds was asked about his favorite releases from 2013 which he named The Space Between in the short list. I could not be more grateful to receive such a nod from such a creative artist as he. Read the post here.