By Rose Klein
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Bryant Thigpen is no stranger when it comes to music or winning awards and says his musical talent came to him naturally. He credits God with his musical talents, but says music also runs in his family. He doesn’t remember exactly when he began playing piano, but says during his early years, there was a piano sitting by his bedroom door and everyday when he would walk by, he would “bang on it to where I would drive my parents crazy.” One day, he says, his father had enough and told him, “If you’re going to bang on it, I’m going to teach you how to play it.” Thigpen says his dad showed him two to three chords and he picked it up from there.
Fast forward to today where Thigpen was awarded the 2014 Pianist of the Year, presented to him at the annual Gospel Post Convention and Fan Awards in Bell, Fl. He says each year, subscribers of the Gospel Post, a national gospel music publication, vote for their favorite bands, vocalists and musicians, and this year, the fans of gospel music voted him as their favorite pianist. When asked why he won this award Thigpen graciously responds, “That’s a great question! There are musicians in the gospel music industry and I am very humbled that the fans of this music thought enough to vote me as their favorite.”
A diverse musician, Thigpen plays other musical instruments beside the piano; he also plays bass guitar, drums and the trumpet, not to mention his voice. He has won awards for Bass Guitarist…TO CONTINUE READING THIS STORY, CLICK HERE OR PICK UP A COPY OF THE AUGUST 6, 2014 EDITION OF THE MADISON COUNTY CARRIER