Spencer Borup creates piano-driven, infectious alternative rock as if possessed by a modern-day Billy Joel.
Spencer Borup has known his entire life that he was destined to be heard by millions. But begging his parents for piano lessons at the early age of seven, becoming the youngest singer in the Sacramento Children’s Chorus, and starring in dozens of stage musicals was just the beginning. It wasn’t until high school, when he found himself clinging to life in a hospital room, that he discovered his true calling. Emerging a week later with the life-altering diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes, Spencer walked straight to the piano, sat down, and let the music pour out of him. He had found his voice.
Writing his own songs, playing the piano and singing lyrics true to his own heart, Spencer began his singer/songwriter journey into music. Before leaving to study vocal and piano performance at Brigham Young University, Spencer hosted and produced an extremely successful concert for his Eagle Scout project that raised nearly $5,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Spencer found another passion in music through teaching. Returning from his studies at BYU, he began teaching private piano lessons, and developed a popular workshop in which the students create their own characters and Spencer writes a 45-minute musical with original music for his students to perform. This hugely successful workshop, dubbed Mini-Musical, saw 12 original musicals in the Sacramento area, the last of which held a special performance at St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children.
Spencer then spent a short time on the other side of the country, living in New York City. While working odd jobs in Times Square gift shops, Trader Joe’s in the Upper West Side, and a handful of Broadway theaters selling alcohol and refreshments, he brought his Mini-Musical workshop to life one last time working as the Artistic Director of Silent Street Productions’ Youth Theatre.
After Spencer made his way back to California, he got the attention of platinum producer Jim Wirt, who has worked with bands such as Incubus, Hoobastank, No Doubt, Something Corporate, Jack’s Mannequin, and The Rocket Summer. With the help of his fans, Spencer managed to raise enough money to travel to Santa Monica, CA, and record in the famous 4th Street Recording. There, he laid down his piano parts on the same piano that The Mamas & the Papas’ John Phillips wrote the famous song “Kokomo”, and in the same studio that the Beach Boys recorded the song. After finishing the piano, drums, and guitar tracks, Spencer made his way to Jim’s brand-new home, Crushtone Studios, in Cleveland, OH. There, over the course of a week, he finished his debut album and got his first taste of what it was to be a recording artist.
Shortly after returning home from Cleveland, Spencer put a band together and started playing local shows to promote his music. His performance spaces ranging from coffee shops to famous venues such as the Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA. One of his most popular songs, “I’m Putty for You”, was awarded Runner Up in the Song of the Year 2013 songwriting contest. This was an amazing honor, as Song of the Year receives entries from all over the world and only the top songwriters receive a Runner Up placement in the competition. Now, Spencer currently resides in Northern California, where he is gearing up to hit the road touring in support of his debut album, Wooden Elephant - EP, out June 11, 2013.