|Maybe we have Fraggle Rock to thank for the great pianist.|
New Era magazine. He tells that he was not feeling particularly spiritual around age 18 and when he was asked to play in Sacrament meeting in a cousin's ward he went. There he saw a young couple that had just been sealed in the temple and he was struck by how they seemed to glow. He decided he wanted that for himself. In his own words: "I thought, ‘How will I ever do that? Someone like that would only want a returned missionary.’ And right when I thought that, it hit me. It was overwhelming. All of a sudden, music didn’t matter; my career didn’t matter; nothing mattered. And I knew for sure that’s what I had to do. I needed to go on a mission, and I’d be blessed if I did. After that meeting, after that incredible, spiritual experience, I got in my car, and I had this rock music blasting. That music felt so disruptive, so loud and just ugly and wrong. That was the experience that changed my life.”
William Joseph: Butterflies and Hurricanes
Here he is interviewed on a British morning show called This Morning. He mentions some fun things about his music teacher, his big break into the music business with David Foster, and he creates a new song from four notes chosen by the hosts of the show as well as plays Asturias from his other album Beyond. This is an enjoyable interview of about ten minutes, so if you have any interest at all it is well worth the viewing.
I am a lover of Christmas music and was pleased to see that his next album will be a holiday album coming out this year which I will likely be a purchaser.