CEO Chris Vance | Quincy Jones’ Business Partner Share About Sharing the Gift of Music

Show Notes

Do you want to learn to play an instrument? According to the CEO of Playground Sessions, 85% of people want to learn how to play music and his company can teach you how to do it for less than $20 per month.

    1. Yes, yes, yes, and yes! Thrive Nation on today’s show we are interviewing Chris Vance, entrepreneur, founder & CEO of Playground Sessions to talk about what he and Multi-Grammy Award-winning Quincy Jones are doing to help people learn the power of music!!!! Chris, welcome onto the Thrivetime Show! How are you sir?!
      1. NOTE the #1 piano instruction software)
    2. Chris Vance,  I know that you’ve had a ton of success at this point in your career, but I would love to start off at the bottom and the very beginning of your career. What was your life like growing up and where did you grow up?
    3. What is your favorite old school jam?
    4. When did you first figure out what you wanted to do professionally?
    5. When did you first feel like you were truly beginning to gain traction with your career?
      1. NOTE: 
        1. Prior to launching Playground Sessions, Chris worked as a Managing Director for ZAG, a brand invention company as well as being a Brand Inventor for Qui Tequila
        2. He also served as a Brand Manager for Proctor & Gamble and worked in finance with Goldman Sachs and Arthur Andersen. Chris holds an MBA, Marketing and Strategy, from Northwestern University and a BS in Finance/Accounting from Boston College.
    6. What mentor has made the biggest impact on your career thus far?Chris Vance, Quincy Jones is a legendary producer, song-writer, and music icon with 28 Grammys and 80 Grammy Nominations and he actually worked directly with Michael Jackson, and Frank Sinatra…how did you first meet Quincy Jones?
    7. Chris, when you first met Quincy Jones did you just black out and faint like a fainting goat or what happened?
    8. Chris Vance, what was the process like of starting Playground Sessions?
  • Chris Vance, I understand that you have pioneered a sophisticated but easy-to-use learning platform combining video tutorials, gamification and real-time feedback. How does Playground Sessions truly work?
  • NOTE: Fun and easy-to-follow video lessons from world-class and celebrity musicians guide users through the process, from one lesson to another, so anyone can seamlessly discover the joy of music.


  1. Chris Vance, I understand that you and Quincy Jones teamed up to create the world’s largest Virtual Piano Recital in history.  The campaign had 52 countries participate, with more than 7,000 people learning the iconic song, “You Raise Me Up” with 925 video submissions…what inspired you to do this?
  2. Today, I’d love for you to share with the listeners about the kinds of projects that you are up to?
  3. You come across as a very proactive person…so how do you typically organize the first four hours of your and what time do you typically wake up?
  4. What are a few of the daily habits that you believe have allowed you to achieve success?
  5. What advice would you give the younger version of yourself?
  6. You’ve got the mic, what is one thing that you want to share with the Thrive Nation before you drop the mic?
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