In honor of Southeast Missouri State University being named a Yamaha Institution of Excellence, let’s take a look at six celebrity artists who use Yamaha.
Sir Elton John
With 200 million record sales and five Grammys among many other awards, Sir Elton John plays the Yamaha Grand Piano. The musician from Pinner, UK has had a big impact on the music industry and a handful of humanitarian causes.
Singer, songwriter, and 15-time Grammy Award-winning Alicia Keys prefers to play the Yamaha silent pianos. The New Yorker has been recording music since 2001.
Award-winning and top selling country music artist, Luke Bryan, uses Yamaha. Bryan most recently won the Country Radio Broadcaster’s Artist Humanitarian Award of 2021. He has also won the Academy of Country Music Awards Album of the Year in 2019 for his album Crash My Party.
Sara Bareilles is a singer-songwriter from Humboldt County, California who was self taught in voice and piano. Bareilles signed her first record in 2005, has been nominated for eight Grammys, and has won one.
Eleven time Grammy winner and multi-talented singer, songwriter, arranger and producer, John Legend is a Yamaha pianist. Legend says in regard to his music, “Beauty is the goal. I want you to feel it and have some sort of revelation. I want you to get the chills.”
Tidworth, UK native James Blunt has sold over 11 million records worldwide and has been nominated for five Grammys. He uses the Yamaha MP100 to make his music.