Jon Schmidt, music for all ages

It's rare these days to find music that appeals to kids, their parents, and their grandparents, too. Grandparents usually can't stand the "noise" their grandkids call music, and kids think their parents' music is out of style.

Jon Schmidt is an exception: His music is loved by people of all ages.

When Schmidt was 16, playing the piano was just a hobby. But in comparison to other teenagers whose mothers have had to bribe them to practice, he played the piano. If you've heard him play, you know what I mean.

Schmidt sold cassette tapes to make extra money on the side. He received a performance scholarship from the University of Utah but turned it down because he was considering playing college football. At the time, he didn't want to be a professional musician. He wanted a "responsible career."

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