Music of Utah

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Music of Utah has long been influenced culturally by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The local music scene thrives. However, the musical history of Utah, and much of its current distinctiveness, is also owed to secular artists.

Contemporary Utah music scene[edit]

Utah has produced some popular recording artists since 2000. Its local music scene features some nationally recognized bands, mostly based in Provo and Salt Lake City Notable bands include Neon Trees, Fictionist, Imagine Dragons, The New Electric Sound, The Moth & the Flame, King Niko and The Brobecks. Many genres are represented, including rock, indie folk, emo, synthpop, singer-songwriter, death metal, blues, punk rock, goth, alternative rock, hip hop, jazz, country, Reggae, Ska and religious music.

Hip Hop & R&B[edit]

KC Supreme (Kim Candilora II) is a Music Producer born in Murray, Utah in 1990.

He joined the production group Internet Money (known for discovering and building acts such as Juice Wrld, Lil Tecca, Iann Dior, Trevor Daniel) in 2016, and was one of the original founding members of the group (along with Taz Taylor, Nick Mira and others).

In 2018 Internet Money discovered and signed Trevor Daniel. In one of the initial sessions after signing Trevor, they created the song "Falling", which was produced by KC Supreme, Charlie Handsome & Taz Taylor. The song was originally released in 2018, but later went viral on the popular app TikTok in October 2019. This led the single to gather 1 billion stream globally, as well as 900+ million Spotify Plays, 526+ million YouTube Views, reaching #1 on Spotify Today's Top Hits (TOP 10 for 4 months), #5 on Spotify Top 200 US (TOP 10 for 3 months), and ranking in the Top 10 Most Streamed Songs of 2020. The song hit #1 on Top 40/Pop Radio on the week of July 25, 2020, and earned #1 on the Billboard Pop Songs Chart. The song is 3x Platinum.

In January 2020 KC Supreme signed a six-figure Publishing deal with 10k Projects & Universal Music Publishing Group.

KC Supreme is Multi-Platinum with numerous Billboard #1 awards, his production credits include Lil Uzi Vert, Future, Juice Wrld, Lil Tecca, Rich The Kid, Chris Brown, T-Pain, Trippie Redd, Kevin Gates, Megan Thee Stallion, Yk Osiris, Rico Nasty, Lil Tjay, 24k Goldn, Yung Pinch, Quando Rondo, Fredo Bang, Iann Dior, YNW Melly, blackbear, Summer Walker, Don Toliver, Lil Skies & many more. Some of his other notable records include Yk Osiris - "Valentine", T-Pain ft. Chris Brown "Wake Up Dead", Lil Tecca ft. Lil Tjay "All Star", Trippie Redd "Til The End Of Time".


Several rock groups have roots in Utah. Notably, Sky Saxon, frontman and founder to influential 1960's Garage Rock and Proto-Punk band The Seeds. Saxon was born and grew up in Salt Lake City, and graduated from West High School in 1956. Before finding international success with The Seeds, he recorded and released a string of Doo-Wop singles under the name "Little Richie Marsh" and founded Salt Lake bands "The Electra-Fires" and "The Soul Rockers".

More contemporarily, Post-Hardcore band The Used was formed in Orem in 2001. Currently signed to Warner Music Group-owned Reprise Records they have released two gold-certified albums in the United States.

The band Neon Trees is from Provo. In 2010, their single, "Animal," rose to number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Two of their singles have achieved multi-platinum status domestically, and they are currently signed to Mercury Records.

Indie rock performers, sisters Meg and Dia Frampton, formed their band Meg & Dia in Draper and until recently were signed to Warner Music Group-owned label, Doghouse Records.

Royal Bliss, from Salt Lake City signed with Capitol Records in 2007.

Fictionist, from Provo was signed with Atlantic Records between 2011 and 2014.

Imagine Dragons, a band that was formed in Provo in 2008, moved to Las Vegas after winning a Velour battle of the bands competition. They are currently signed to Interscope Records. Their debut album Night Visions has reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and is a multi-platinum-certified album in the United States. The band's single "Radioactive" earned a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance.

Folk and Pop[edit]

Folk music constituted some of the earliest music in modern Utah. Songs were usually sung without accompaniment because of the scarcity of musical instruments in the region. Although often employing the same traditional tunes as folk music elsewhere, Mormon settlers sometimes altered lyrical themes in reference to their own lives and religious convictions.

Newgrass artists Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand[1] had a country music hit single in 2005, "Dream Big." while they were signed to Capitol Records.

Provo based indie pop songwriter Mindy Gledhill's 2010 pop album Anchor became a hit abroad including seven songs charting on the South Korean charts and tours in SE Asia. The album sold more than 15,000 copies.

In 2007, David Archuleta rose to the national spotlight as a major contestant in the seventh season of American Idol. His debut pop album on Jive Records was certified gold by the RIAA.

Provo based folk singer-songwriter Joshua James had moderate success in 2007 when his album The Sun is Always Brighter reached number one on the iTunes Folk Album chart.

Provo songwriter Isaac Russell left his deal with Utah-based Northplatte Records to sign with Columbia Records only to later return to Northplatte Records.

Neofolk rock group Parlor Hawk were featured by iTunes Indie Spotlight as one of the "Best of 2010 Singer-Songwriter Albums".


Salt Lake City has also fostered a thriving Metal scene for some time.

The city is home to Progressive act Katagory V. The band has released four LPs and signed with Nightmare Records in the U.S. and later Burning Star Records in Europe. Katagoty V has appeared at notable heavy metal festivals in the U.S. including the ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia.

Salt Lake City deathcore band Chelsea Grin, is also a prominent name in the genre, having currently released four LPs and two EPs.

Successful in the sludge and doom metal genres, Salt Lake City is also home to bands Eagle Twin and Subrosa.

Even more notable is Salt Lake City's underground Hardcore Punk scene, including bands like Insight, Wake of an Arsonist, Crowkiller, Cherem, and Aftermath of a Trainwreck.

A cappella[edit]

Utah has an a cappella music scene. Some groups include Voice Male, Octappella, Rifftide, UVU's Voiceline, BYU's Vocal Point and Vocalocity.


Paul Cardall (Stone Angel Music) has independently released various recordings that have debuted No. 1 on 11 Billboard Magazine charts with 43 other additional chart debuts. The pianist is the first Utahn to receive the Gospel Music Association Dove Award for Instrumental Album of The Year Gospel Music Association in 2019.

Jenny Oaks Baker (Shadow Mountain Records) is a former National Symphony Orchestra violinist in Utah who received a nomination for Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2011.

Lindsey Stirling (Bridgetone) is a violinist/dancer. Her debut album was certified Platinum in Germany and Austria, while her single "Crystalize" was certified gold in the United States.

The Piano Guys (Sony) have released three consecutive No. 1 albums on the U.S. Classical albums charts.


Salt Lake City as well as the adjacent Provo have both fostered popular indie rock scenes, with notable artists including Neon Trees, Imagine Dragons, The Used, The Backseat Lovers, The Aces, Ritt Momney The Brobecks, Fictionist, Choir Boy, Mindy Gledhill, Meg and Dia, King Niko, Joshua James, Allred, and The New Electric Sound.

Indigenous music[edit]

Music from the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square[edit]

The state's most famous musical group is The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Named after the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, the 300+ member choir is world-famous. The choir performs at least weekly at the Tabernacle for a radio program called "Music and the Spoken Word". The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square was first recorded in 1910 has released more than 100 albums. Billboard Magazine declared that they were the year-end Top Charting Traditional Classical Albums artist of 2012. The choir has been awarded the National Medal of Arts, a GRAMMY Award, and even been inducted into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress.

Utah music events[edit]

The Ogden Music Festival, 3-day outdoor festival featuring bluegrass, blues, folk & rockabilly is held the first weekend in June at Ogden's Fort Buenaventura with on-site camping. The Park City & SLC Music Festival and Autumn Classics Music Festival,[2] formerly the Deer Valley Music Festival, the Park City International Music Festival and Autumn Classics Music Festival, is held in Park City and Salt Lake City. These are projects of the Park City Chamber Music Society (PCCMS). PCCMS founded the original Deer Valley Music Festival and the name was changed to Park City International Music Festival after a number of years.[3]

The Utah Symphony[4] was founded in 1940 by Maurice Abravanel and performs at Abravanel Hall, a modern concert hall in downtown Salt Lake City. The symphony merged in 2002 with the Utah Opera Company,[5] which was organized in 1978.

The Utah Valley Symphony is a community orchestra organized in Utah County, Utah in 1959.[6]

Notable musicians from Utah[edit]


Record labels[edit]

Although no major record labels are based in Utah, there are several small independent labels, such as Northplatte Records. The End Records is an independent metal and rock label that has signed some avant-garde and experimental groups. It was formed in Pasadena, CA and relocated to Salt Lake City and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.


Northern Utah[edit]

Notable venues in the Salt Lake Area include
Notable venues in the Park City Area include


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