Kevin Bluemel is a contemporary instrumental pianist and composer. His style incorporates
catchy melodies and a virtuosic approach to piano playing.
1987 – 1990 – 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. By the age of four, his parents enrolled
him in piano lessons with a local neighborhood teacher. By ten, Kevin had begun 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 passion 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
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 the piano, he practiced Liszt’s
techniques tirelessly. It didn’t take long before Kevin’s own unique musical style began taking shape.
By now Kevin had written many songs and wanted to share them with others.
Kevin was trapped, however, by the prohibitive costs of recording in a professional studio.
He invested in his first digital recording machine and starting writing and recording a series of
albums which he now refers to as the “unofficial” or “early 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 into the future, making it possible for
him to manage the entire production process from a song’s inception to
the 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 starting to build my studio, I gained a powerful, moving vision, for what would
eventually become the Uncharted project.”
2011 – 2013 – Uncharted
The music for Uncharted was very carefully selected from material written over almost a decade.
Some of the 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. The rest of the
album’s 13 songs were written during the year 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 Sirius XM, iTunes and Spotify. Uncharted was also featured in a review
on New Age Music World by John P. Olsen.
2013 – Current – Chronic Illness
Following a tick bite while hiking in the summer of 2013, Kevin came down with very odd,
frustrating symptoms. After 2 years of progressive, worsening health, Kevin was diagnosed with
Chronic Lyme Disease. Lyme is a common, controversial and highly misunderstood disease caused
by the bacterium Borrelia Burgdorferi. The disease commonly includes a number of other co-infections
that can be spread from the same tick bite. As of 2017, after trying a great number of treatments that
did not work, Kevin finally found a doctor that has been able to successfully diagnose and start treating
his condition. Kevin has Chronic Lyme Disease with a mycoplasma co-infection, which requires months to
years of antibiotic therapy (along with many other modalities) to effectively treat. He has started having
some good days, feeling at times up to 90% of his pre-illness health.
Understandably, the past few years have been devastating. Fortunately, Kevin has been able to continue
writing music on and off throughout the illness, while he has had to wrestle and confront some very scary
realities. His experience has been well chronicled through this new music which will be released
as he recovers.
Please wish Kevin the best in both health and recovery, and stay posted for more YouTube videos
in the short term and new album projects in the long term.