Self-Taught Piano Player Entertains Crowd at Local Mall

Sara Hadley, from Lansing, Michigan, was at the Lansing Mall on Friday when she noticed 18-year-old Everett High School senior Monntel West sit down at a piano located in the middle of one of the courtyards.

She didn't think it was anything out of the ordinary until he started playing "River Flows In You," a song by South Korean pianist Yiruma. Hadley had to take a video with her iPhone. She said “I had goosebumps. It was just amazing, and I figured he just deserved some sort of recognition.”

What makes it, even more, phenomenal is the fact that West has never had any formal piano lessons. He started playing on a keyboard in the eighth-grade. In addition, he is self-taught.

West said “If I did get lessons, I think I could be better. You can always get better.” As West continued playing, a crowd swelled around him.

West also said “I was going up there to meet a friend. All of a sudden people started surrounding me.” Since then, video of West playing has received hundreds of thousands of views.

West added “Everybody has those hidden talents and hidden abilities. Hopefully this shows people to not be afraid to show them.”

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