Kevin Bluemel is a contemporary instrumental pianist and composer. His style incorporates catchy melodies, a vast array of instruments, and a virtuosic approach to piano playing.
1987 – The Early Years
July 28, 1987, in Salt Lake City Utah, Kevin was born to Alan and Laura Bluemel. Kevin began learning to play the piano by ear at the age of three. When Kevin was four, his parents enrolled him in piano lessons with a local neighborhood teacher. By the age of ten, Kevin had started writing his first songs. It was this same year that his parents took him to a David Lanz concert, which turned out to be a life changing event. That evening, after seeing a nine-foot concert grand piano lit magically by a single spotlight, he chose to make music his career and never looked back.
Kevin immediately began honing and developing his skills at writing music. Countless hours were devoted to this passion, often rehearsing four to eight hours a day. It was also during this time that Kevin was drawn to the extravagant showmanship of the great 19th century piano virtuoso, Franz Liszt. Realizing Liszt’s music was some of the most difficult music written for piano, he practiced Liszt’s techniques tirelessly. It was also during this time that Kevin’s own unique musical style began taking shape.
By now Kevin had written many songs and desperately wished to share them with others. He, however, was trapped due to the prohibitive costs of recording in a professional studio. In answer to this frustrating problem, Kevin invested in his first digital recording machine and starting writing and recording a series of albums now referred to as the “unofficial releases”.
True Nature (2006)
Storm Front (2007)
This was a very busy time for Kevin. Endless hours were spent discovering new ways to write and produce music. This experience would serve him well in the future, making it possible for him to completely manage the entire production process from a song’s inception all the way to its final release.
2010 – Kevin Bluemel
In January of 2010, at the age of twenty-two, Kevin Bluemel, Kevin’s first professional album debuted on iTunes. This release received a warm welcome from newly discovered fans in various countries around the globe. Sailing the Forgotten launched almost immediately afterwards, quickly becoming Kevin’s most popular song on Pandora and iTunes. It was also during this time that Kevin started building his own private studio and began honing his skills as a sound engineer. “This was a key pivotal point,” Kevin shares. “After releasing the Kevin Bluemel album and building my studio, I gained a powerful, moving vision, for what would eventually become the Uncharted project.”
2013 – Uncharted
The music for Uncharted was very carefully selected from material written over an 8 year period. Some songs, such as Forest of Dreams, Seaside and Storm Front, had appeared on some of Kevin’s earlier unofficial albums and eventually made the final cut for Uncharted. Most of the album’s 13 songs were written during the year or so prior to Uncharted’s production, which took 14 months to complete. Overture, track 12 on the album, now competes for plays with Kevin’s previous hit, Sailing the Forgotten – also surpassing 1/2 million plays alone on Pandora since its release. The rest of Uncharted’s songs have also garnered attention on many music streaming and radio sites including Pandora, Sirius XM, iTunes and Spotify.
Uncharted was also featured in a review on New Age Music World by John P. Olsen.
Kevin is currently working on a major rebuild of his private recording studio as he continues writing music and laying the framework for a series of album projects slated for production and subsequent release over the next couple of years. With the excitement of Kevin Bluemel and Uncharted paving the way, you surely don’t want to miss what’s coming next from Kevin. Check back often for the latest info on these exciting new projects!