Blind 14-year-old piano prodigy plays duet with Billy Joel a Madison Square Garden

By Caitlin O'Kane

/ CBS News

Logan Riman is blind, but that never stopped the 14-year-old from following his dreams. Riman is a piano prodigy, and in April he played at Radio City Music Hall.

The teen calls his act "Logan the Piano Man" and this week, he added another accomplishment to his list of accolades – playing with the "Piano Man" himself, Billy Joel.

When Riman blew away the crowd at Radio City Music Hall during the Garden of Dreams Foundation talent show, leaders at the foundation took notice.

Logan Riman performed at the Garden of Dreams Foundation talent show, and people at the foundation wanted thank him with a surprise. So, they arranged for him to meet Billy Joel. MSG

They arranged for Riman to meet Billy Joel during his sound check at Madison Square Garden – something very few people can say they've experienced.

The Uplift More

More in The Uplift

Earlier this month, Riman went to MSG to meet Joel ahead of his concert, and thought he'd only have time for a quick hello. Then, the legendary musician did something surprising.

"Out of nowhere, Mr. Billy Joel was gracious enough to ask Logan if he wanted to join him on stage to play," the teen's mother Leah Riman told CBS New York.

Riman started playing "Piano Man," and Joel joined in. The two played a duet together in an empty arena – just two piano men, following their passion.

"At Madison Square Garden… it was so cool. That was amazing," Riman told CBS New York.

From the Great Stage to the World’s Most Famous Arena ✨ #GDFTalentShow performer Logan joined @billyjoel at the piano during soundcheck at @TheGarden last Thursday! #DreamComeTrue #PianoMan #TBT [📹: Myrna Suarez] pic.twitter.com/dXTxTRjXax

— Garden of Dreams (@gardenofdreams) July 18, 2019

Music has always been important to Riman. The teen, who was born blind, said music seemed to calm him as a baby. He started taking piano lessons at just two years old. He's now a music prodigy – but it wasn't always easy being himself.

"He gets bullied a lot, he gets judged a lot, but people shouldn't do that," his mother said. "He's an incredible child, very smart, you get to know him, give him a chance, you'll love him. Don't judge people, give them their chance."

Riman's mom is hoping the video of his Billy Joel performance shows people there are no limits. "I am so thankful to Garden of Dreams for literally fulfilling his dream, my dream for him," she said.

Logan practices playing a wide variety of music, but since meeting Joel himself, he's decided to work on perfecting one of the superstar's other songs: "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant."

First published on July 25, 2019 / 12:17 PM

© 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

0724loganriman.jpg

Suspect in highway murders is on a "suicide mission", dad says

Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod are suspects in the slayings of an American woman, her Australian boyfriend and another man

8M ago

Lil Nas X releases "Seoul Town Road" remix with K-pop star

The song has been No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 for 16 weeks – one more week and it breaks a record

10M ago

How to figure out if Equifax owes you money for data hack

Determining if you're among the 147 million Americans entitled to compensation for 2017 breach takes only seconds

14M ago

Blind piano prodigy plays with Billy Joel

When Riman, who was born blind, started playing "Piano Man" Joel joined in

15M ago

Teens say JUUL told 9th grade class vaping was safe

Two teens who testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform said a JUUL rep visited their school's mental health and addiction seminar

41M ago

Trump attends Pentagon ceremony for Mark Esper

Mark Esper was confirmed as defense secretary in a 90-8 vote this week

updated 6M ago

U.S.-China trade war hits a Warren Buffett investment

A $1.4 billion Berkshire Hathaway stake in a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer has already started to stall

1H ago

Justice Department will execute inmates for first time since 2003

The federal government has not executed a convict for nearly two decades. The Justice Department also scheduled executions for five individuals

1H ago

Puerto Rico's incoming governor no stranger to controversy

Wanda Vázquez has been criticized for her reluctance to confront problems in Ricardo Rosselló's administration

1H ago

McCabe: Mueller's Russia warning was "loud and clear"

McCabe served as deputy director of the FBI at a critical time during the Mueller investigation

1H ago

U.S.-China trade war hits a Warren Buffett investment

A $1.4 billion Berkshire Hathaway stake in a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer has already started to stall

1H ago

Death toll from tainted Costa Rica alcohol rises

Costa Rican Health Ministry says it searched a facility belonging to one of the suppliers and confiscated boxes of the product

3H ago

Trump vetoes bill blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Pompeo last month cited threats from Iran as a reason to approve the $8.1 billion arms sale to the two U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf

4H ago

Triple bombing rocks Afghan capital as top U.S. officials visit

At least 10 killed, dozens injured in explosions day after Joint Chiefs chairman came to "check the pulse" of the war

7H ago

A$AP Rocky charged with assault in Sweden

American rapper and his family insist he and his friends were just defending themselves, but prosecutor says video and witnesses tell another story

5H ago

Lil Nas X releases "Seoul Town Road" remix with K-pop star

The song has been No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 for 16 weeks – one more week and it breaks a record

10M ago

Meek Mill is finally living his dream

On Wednesday "CBS This Morning" revealed a new partnership between Mill's record label, Dream Chasers, and Jay-Z's Roc Nation​.

3H ago

New on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon

Shows and movies you'll want to stream soon

Jun 24 33 photos

Meek Mill is finally living his dream

Rapper Meek Mill's life could be changing forever. After spending more than 10 years on probation for drug and gun charges, the Pennsylvania Superior Court overturned his 2008 conviction Wednesday and granted him a new trial. He no longer has a criminal record. On Wednesday, "CBS This Morning" revealed a partnership between Mill's record label, Dream Chasers, and Jay-Z's Roc Nation. "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King recently met with Mill in his hometown of Philadelphia to discuss his career, relationship with Jay-Z and decision to become a criminal justice activist.

2H ago 07:04

A$AP Rocky charged with assault in Sweden

American rapper and his family insist he and his friends were just defending themselves, but prosecutor says video and witnesses tell another story

5H ago

How to figure out if Equifax owes you money for data hack

Determining if you're among the 147 million Americans entitled to compensation for 2017 breach takes only seconds

14M ago

Facebook confirms it faces FTC antitrust probe

Despite mounting regulatory scrutiny, the social media company earned $4.6 billion in its most recent quarter

19H ago

Tinder launches safety feature for LGBTQ users abroad

The popular dating app will now warn LGBTQ users in potentially dangerous regions

20H ago

DoorDash drops policy of keeping tips meant for workers

Country's largest on-demand food delivery app is changing much-criticized model of how those delivering meals are paid

Jul 24

Facebook's record $5 billion fine barely one-tenth its revenue

The settlement also requires Facebook to form a privacy oversight board outside of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's control

22H ago

Glyphosate faces a test inside America's homes

Scientists say that more research is needed on the impact of the weedkiller, with a new study showing traces in kids

2H ago

Mysterious underwater disease is ravaging Gulf Coast's coral

The disease has already infected about half of the coral species in the region

4H ago

College student discovers 65 million-year-old Triceratops skull

"I've been obsessed with dinosaurs since I was a kid, so it was a pretty big deal," student Harrison Duran said

15H ago

SpaceX to launch supplies — and slime — to space station Thursday

SpaceX Dragon cargo ship will be loaded with 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies — including a container of bright green Nickelodeon "slime"

17H ago

Cement contributes to global warming, investors warn

Cement, a key ingredient in the world's most popular building material, emits more carbon than all but two countries

Jul 23

Teens say JUUL told 9th grade class vaping was safe

Two teens who testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform said a JUUL rep visited their school's mental health and addiction seminar

41M ago

Glyphosate faces a test inside America's homes

Scientists say that more research is needed on the impact of the weedkiller, with a new study showing traces in kids

2H ago

"Total shock": Cancer prompts recall of textured breast implants

"Even now, sometimes I go, 'How can that be?'"

3H ago

Breast implants tied to rare cancer recalled

Allergan Inc. announces a worldwide recall of implants with a textured surface

15H ago

High cancer risk plagues Louisiana town near chemical plants

For decades, people in Reserve, Louisiana, have had health problems ranging from dizziness and severe headaches to liver and lung cancer

17H ago

How to figure out if Equifax owes you money for data hack

Determining if you're among the 147 million Americans entitled to compensation for 2017 breach takes only seconds

14M ago

Teens say JUUL told 9th grade class vaping was safe

Two teens who testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform said a JUUL rep visited their school's mental health and addiction seminar

41M ago

U.S.-China trade war hits a Warren Buffett investment

A $1.4 billion Berkshire Hathaway stake in a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer has already started to stall

1H ago

Glyphosate faces a test inside America's homes

Scientists say that more research is needed on the impact of the weedkiller, with a new study showing traces in kids

2H ago

This homeopath aims to heal mind and body

Jennifer Dominguez was told as a child she had incurable ailments. She says homeopathy changed that.

3H ago

Suspect in highway murders is on a "suicide mission", dad says

Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod are suspects in the slayings of an American woman, her Australian boyfriend and another man

8M ago

Jeffrey Epstein found injured in jail cell, put on suicide watch

Wealthy financier's injuries not said to be life threatening; it remains unclear whether they were self-inflicted, but he's been put on suicide watch as a precaution

updated 54M ago

Police issue warrants for pair of "dangerous" teen suspects in Canada

Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, have been charged with second-degree murder in connection to one of three victims

13H ago

John McAfee says he has been released from detention

The millionaire anti-virus software founder and five others were suspected of traveling on a yacht carrying high-caliber weapons, ammunition and military-style gear

15H ago

Horrifying video shows group brutally beating up teen with mental illness

The 15-year-old victim is seen getting punched while she screams in the footage

15H ago

SpaceX to launch supplies — and slime — to space station Thursday

SpaceX Dragon cargo ship will be loaded with 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies — including a container of bright green Nickelodeon "slime"

17H ago

"They're back from the moon!": Apollo 11 splashdown, 50 years later

Four days after the first successful moon landing, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins faced a final, harrowing challenge

15H ago

Chris Kraft, legendary NASA flight director, has died at age 95

Kraft virtually invented the mission control concept behind NASA's greatest space triumphs

Jul 22

New satellite factory to focus on space-based internet

"OneWeb is doing for the satellite industry what Henry Ford did for cars," said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

Jul 22

Pence says moon, not Mars, remains near-term goal for NASA

In an interview on "The Takeout," Vice President Mike Pence reassured the space community with the administration's strong support for a "moon-first" policy

Jul 21

The Oddities & Curiosities Expo

A traveling exhibition of gothic and occult art, sideshow performers, and bizarre specimens stopped outside Chicago, where CBS News photographer Jake Barlow took in the odd sights

Jul 22 24 photos

New York's Central Park

America's first major landscaped public park, the 840-acre park in Manhattan welcomes more than 37 million visitors every year

Jul 21 25 photos

Manson Family murders: The terrifying story in pictures

A look at the cult slayings that shocked – and scared – America

Jul 3 44 photos

New on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon

Shows and movies you'll want to stream soon

Jun 24 33 photos

Evidence photos from the police shooting of Danroy "DJ" Henry Jr.

Evidence from the scene of Pace University student DJ Henry’s fatal encounter with Officer Aaron Hess in Mount Pleasant, N.Y.

Jun 22 19 photos

Popular

Body cam video captures murder-for-hire suspect's arrest

On July 23, 2015, detectives with the Montgomery County Texas Constable's Office arrive at the Houston gym owned by Ramon Sosa and his wife, Lulu, to arrest Lulu on suspicion of plotting her husband's death.

Jul 20 03:29

Cell phone video shows aftermath of DJ Henry shooting

Video from Robert Coulombe who attended Pace University with DJ Henry shows the scene at a Westchester, N.Y., strip mall minutes after DJ was shot in his car by Officer Aaron Hess in October 2010.

Jun 22 00:37

Sneak peek: Hollywood Horror Story

A wealthy Hollywood producer is accused of murdering his girlfriend. Was he following the plot of his frightening novel? Correspondent Maureen Maher investigates Saturday, July 13 at 10/9c on CBS.

Jul 13 03:37

A mother's desperate 911 call

When Olga Kasian did not hear from her daughter Iana after several days, she began repeatedly calling 911. Concerned about Iana's well-being and her recent C-section, Kasian desperately asks police — through the help of an Russian interpreter — to enter the home her daughter shared with boyfriend Blake Leibel.

Jul 20 01:14

#BlazeItForward: Murder victim remembered for his generosity and spirit

Close friends of the slain college sophomore share stories about the chef, writer and aspiring doctor who left their lives too soon.

Jul 20 02:27