Composer and pianist Chad Lawson announces the release of his major label solo piano debut, Stay, set for May 1 via Decca Records US. Where minimalism and melody meet, the five track EP and title track "Stay," is a paean to inner peace and a clarion call to just exhale and breathe. You can pre-order the EP and listen to the single here. You can watch the accompanying visualizer here.
A modern-day master of reinvention, Lawson eschews both the trend of ancient instruments and New Age-y electronic clichés commonly heard in today's wellness music, relying only on his faithful piano, his emotional signature sound and eclectic taste for the five original songs on the EP. From the self-reflective "Stay" to the overall theme of the EP, Lawson strikes a delicate balance between the intimate and universal. "I'm just trying to invite people to take a moment and reconnect with who they are" says Lawson. "The music I make is meant to create calm." "It's about finding those times that are fleeting but buffer the soul." The music is both peaceful and transfixing.
Chad Lawson's 'You Finally Knew' is very highly recommended / Mainly Piano
I first discovered Chad Lawson's music in 2009 when he released his debut solo piano album, Set On a Hill, and I instantly fell in love. That album went on to win the Whisperings Solo Piano Radio "Album of the Year" award. Two years later, Chad played a house concert in my home in Oregon with a couple of other Whisperings artists, and his incredibly expressive touch on the piano keys literally stopped me...
Harmonious World Podcast chats with pianist, composer and podcaster; Chad Lawson
Chad Lawson is a modern-day master of reinvention: From his bold interpretations of the classics (Bach, Chopin) - which topped the iTunes chart - to the piano itself, which he reimagined with an iPad, creating electronic loops and ambient atmospherics that resonated with EDM fans and neoclassical traditionalists alike. Lawson later recreated the soundtrack - historically known as a recording of the music...
Chad Lawson's music gets under the skin / KlassikAkzente
If so-called "soul food" with taste, good ingredients and a beneficial consistency beyond the body can also make the soul happy, then Chad Lawson's music can certainly also be called "soul music", because the moods that the American artist creates created with the buttons, get under the skin and have an immediate positive effect on the inner workings. When the music starts, the world stops and all wo...
Chad Lawson's 'You Finally Knew' is an invitation of self-reflection / udiscovermusic.
Pianist and composer Chad Lawson today released his new solo piano album, You Finally Knew, recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios. "You Finally Knew is an invitation of self-reflection," explained Chad Lawson. "Beckoning us to pause and look inside ourselves, to see what makes each of us uniquely us. It is becoming increasingly difficult to be honest with ourselves as we unintentionally set aside eve...
Voguing meets classical in new Chad Lawson video / 98.7WFMT
Music and motion come together beautifully in a new video featuring the work of pianist and composer Chad Lawson. Explaining the link between the images and his music, Lawson quotes painter Edgar Degas: "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." The video for Prelude in D Major, directed by Agostina Gálvez, features the dancers Jason Rodriguez and José Lapaz Rodriguez. Jason h...
'Mainly Piano' reviews Chad Lawson's 'Waltz in B Minor' & 'Prelude in D Major'
Waltz in B Minor (single)
Chad Lawson has been one of my favorite pianists for many years. When I first saw him play live in 2011, his velvety piano touch literally stopped me in my tracks. More than proficient in many genres of music, it is with his own breathtaking compositions that Lawson truly shines the brightest. Never one to show off with a lot of bravado or fancy finger work...
Chad Lawson's velvety touch is very much present in the wistful, dreamy melody on 'One Day You Finally Knew' / Mainly Piano
"One Day You Finally Knew" is the second single from Chad Lawson's upcoming five-song solo piano EP, Stay. The EP is Chad's debut on the Decca label and will be released on May 1, 2020. Trained in both classical music and jazz, Chad has independently released a fascinating collection of albums that range from his own beautiful compositions to his arrangements of classics by Chopin and Bach. I have seen h...
Chad Lawson releases first single from upcoming five-song EP on Decca / Mainly Piano
"Stay" is the first single from pianist/composer Chad Lawson's upcoming five-song EP by the same name. His first album on the Decca Records label, Stay will be released in May 1, 2020. I reviewed Chad's first independent album, Set On a Hill, back in 2009 and immediately became a fan. He released a variety of indie albums over the next several years, from original music to his own arrangements of cla...