New Christmas Song Captures Mary’s Feelings at Christ’s Birth

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When #1 Billboard artist Paul Cardall was born, his parents were informed by cardiologists that their newborn son would die within hours due to a complex heart defect. But the baby, less than one day old, immediately underwent life-saving surgery, defying medical expectations.

In the years since his traumatic birth, Cardall has met thousands of patients and parents, particularly mothers, who were told that the child they carried in pregnancy would have heart complications and live a difficult life. These interactions and other experiences inspired Cardall’s new song, “Son of God.”

“I wanted to write a song about Jesus’s birth from His mother’s perspective considering the thoughts Mary would have had about her child’s future,” said Cardall who before he was recording artist, graduated from a four year seminary program and later received a certificate completing an additional 4 years of religious studies at the Salt Lake City Institute of Religion.

“The depth of what I am trying to convey in Son of God comes from Mary’s experience being visited by the Angel Gabriel who informed her she was blessed among women and would conceive not just any son, but Son of the Most High,” says Cardall. “During these months, I believe Mary came to know more than we sometimes give her credit for. Her family observed the sabbath and attended the synagogue. I believe she would have remembered or listened more intently to the prophecies of a Messiah read from the scrolls of scripture heard by all who attended the Synagogue.”

Today, children all over the world are born with complex congenital defects, and in most cases new mothers are informed their child might not survive into adulthood. In fact, congenital defects are discovered in utero using an ultra sound before pregnant women give birth. Cardall says, “In a way, I believe these mothers can relate to the dilemma Mary faced, knowing her son was unique and might live a shortened life.”

Cardall invited international Broadway star Patrice Tripoki to sing his words. Cardall’s powerful lyrics, sung by Tipoki, bring to mind the admiration and adoration felt by Mary for her baby, along with the weight of the ultimate burden He would bear for mankind.

The Son of God music video was filmed in London where Tipoki was rehearsing Fantine in Cameron Mackintosh’s New Production of Les Miserables that is finishing up this weekend in the brand new Dubai Opera.

“Son of God” appears on A New Creation, released September 16, 2016 by Stone Angel Music, featuring soloists Nathan Pacheco (Disney Pearl Records; Yanni Voices tour), Patrice Tipoki (Fantine, Les Miserables international Broadway tour), The American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic, American Heritage Youth Chorus and Stone Angel Music Orchestra under the direction of Shane Mickelsen. The album is distributed by CDBaby, Alliance Entertainment, and Deseret Book Distributors, and is also available on streaming internet radio.

About Stone Angel Music: Salt Lake City’s award winning independent record label was founded by #1 Billboard Pianist Paul Cardall in 1999. Other artists include pianist Jason Lyle Black, guitarist Ryan Tilby, composer Shane Mickelsen and pianist Ryan Stewart. Stone Angel also released two albums with cellist Steven Sharp Nelson prior to his joining Sony’s The Piano Guys. Stone Angel Music artists have spent over 45 weeks on Billboard charts in just the past year. Learn more:

Paul Cardall’s ‘A New Creation’ Debuts #1 on Billboard Charts

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October 28, 2016
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Paul Cardall’ s name may not be familiar to you, but the independent artist recently debuted for the third consecutive time on the top of the Billboard charts without any major label support. This is a remarkable accomplishment for an independent artist with only one assistant and yet one more accolade for Cardall’s success as an accomplished American pianist, composer, and producer.

A New Creation” debuted #1 on the Billboard New Age Chart ahead of new age legends Suzanne Ciani and Enya. Cardall’s album debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Classical album chart just short of Youtube mega-star Lindsey Stirling’s new album “Brave Enough”. In addition, “A New Creation” debuted #1 on Amazon and iTunes ahead of Sony Masterworks artists Lang Lang and The Piano Guys.

The release “A New Creation” comes shortly after Cardall has garnered more than 1 billion-that’s billion with a “b”-streams worldwide for his beautiful, healing music. On Pandora radio alone, Cardall averages 14 million regular listeners. This is nothing short of phenomenal for the pianist and his independent label, Stone Angel Music, which has just two employees responsible for releasing and promoting Cardall’s music.

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Paul Cardall’s new album features hymn co-written by Elder Bednar and spiritual themes

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Elder Bednar Writes New Song with Paul Cardall That Focuses on How the Savior Loves Us “One by One”

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by Daniel Wagner – LDSLiving

In 2014, shortly after Paul Cardall performed at the missionary department’s Fall social, Elder David A. Bednar pulled the pianist aside, asking if Cardall wanted to join him for a new project.

“He pulled me aside and mentioned he had a song in him but he didn’t know how to get it out and would I be interested in helping him,” Cardall shares. “He said, ‘You have to understand, I am one of the least musically inclined persons on earth.’ He was very humble and excited about the concept that had been in his heart for some years.”

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David Archuleta, Paul Cardall perform at humanitarian concert in Slovenia

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Paul Cardall with David Archuleta, May 13, 2016 (Ljubljana Opera House) Photography by Tim Johnson, Used by Permission

Paul Cardall with David Archuleta, May 13, 2016 (Ljubljana Opera House) Photography by Tim Johnson, Used by Permission

DESERET NEWS | Published: Monday, May 16 2016 4:48 p.m. MDT

Musical artists singer David Archuleta and pianist Paul Cardall performed Friday, May 13, in the Slovenian Opera Theatre at the invitation of the Slovenian Heart Foundation for the group’s sold-out 25th anniversary charity concert celebration.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was invited to partner with the foundation and find the entertainers for the event, the proceeds of which will benefit children and their families in times of illness.

Cardall, who is a heart transplant recipient, previously performed in Ljubljana, Slovenia, last September as a guest of the Adriatic North Mission in partnership with St. James Catholic Church, to benefit the Slovenian Heart Foundation.

While in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Archuleta and Cardall toured the Pediatric Children’s Hospital and met with LDS Church missionaries.

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Cómo un músico independiente ha colocado dos álbumes en el número 1 de las listas de Billboard

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paul_on_stepsCómo un músico independiente ha colocado dos álbumes en el número 1 de las listas de Billboard

Es un logro enorme para llegar tu música al #1 en Billboard como músico independiente, pero cuando un artista tiene dos álbumes al #1, pues, probablemente deberías escuchar a sus consejos!

BY CHRIS NOBLEY,  MUSICODIY (View Article on Official Website)

Paul Cardall ha situado dos álbumes en el número 1 de las listas New Age de Billboard. Esto es un auténtico logra para un artista que produce, lanza y comercializa su propia música (a través de su sello Stone Angel Music).

¿Cómo hizo este pianisata y compositor instrumental para pasar de tocar para los clientes de tiendas como Nordstrom a hacerlo en anfiteatros con una orquesta de 60 músicos?

He hablado bastante en este blog sobre la importancia del relato de un artista cuando intenta llamar la atención sobre su música. La historia de la vida de Paul tiene un papel central en su música y en la forma en que esta se presenta al mundo.

Hasta cierto punto esto es así para todos los artistas: no podemos separar nuestra música de nuestras vidas. Pero parece especialmente cierto en el caso de Paul. La relación entre sus luchas personales (nació con una anomalía congénita en el corazón y ha pasado por complicadas operaciones), sus triunfos (sobrevivió a un trasplante después de esperar un corazón durante más de un año), y la música que crea, ha atraído a miles de oyentes hacia su historia personal y sus canciones.

Es evidente, por el tamaño e implicación de su público, que la música de Paul (y la historia de su vida) ofrece esperanza a la gente, o al menos consuelo. Además, ha puesto su talento al servicio de muchas causas solidarias, incluyendo conciertos benéficos, tocar para gente que combate enfermedades, etcétera.

Sentía curiosidad por saber cómo Paul Cardall forjó esa relación con sus fans, y como ha desarrollado su carrera musical hasta el punto de que su álbum más reciente — 40 Hymns for Forty Days — debutó como número 1 en la lista de New Age de Billboard. Esto es lo que me contó…

Una entrevista con el pianista New Age Paul Cardall

Ahora tienes dos álbumes que han sido #1 en Billboard. ¿Cómo has conseguido un público tan receptivo a tu música sin la ayuda de un gran sello? ¿Puedes hablarnos de algunos de los momentos en tu carrera en que realmente aprovechaste la oportunidad de hacer crecer tu base de fans?

Para contestar a esta pregunta necesito explicar cómo empecé. De adolescente aprendí a tocar de oído, sin una enseñanza formal. Me obsesionaba, y era adicto a ello, improvisar y componer melodías de piano al estilo del nuevo género popular de música New Age de los 80. George Winston, Yanni y otros que escuchaba por la radio. Este estilo me llegaba y lo copié hasta desarrollar mi propio sonido. Después de sentir un subidón de adrenalina tocando en festival de instituto supe que quería más, así que busque trabajo de pianista.

Empecé a tocar en restaurantes elegantes, campos de golf, tiendas y bodas. Allí donde hubiera un piano, yo me ofrecía a tocarlo a cambio de unos dólares la hora. Inmediatamente aprendí que se trataba de un negocio y empecé a negociar mis honorarios.

Después de 3 años tocando en lugares públicos grabé un álbum de 10 canciones que llamé Sign of Affection. En todos los sitios donde tocaba a principios de los 90 pedía permiso a la sala para vender mi disco. Dejaba los CDs junto al bote de propinas con un cartel que decía “Llévate el Recuerdo (CD) a casa y pon $20 dólares en el bote”. Vendí cientos de CDs durante la temporada de vacaciones.

Estaba aprendiendo a tocar, vender, y ganarme la vida como músico. La única diferencia entre el tipo en la calle con el estuche de la guitarra abierto y yo, era que yo estaba dentro de la tienda donde la gente estaba comprando cosas y solicitaba un concierto tocando su piano. Les ofrecía una muestra de mi disco y todo el mundo estaba contento. Por supuesto, si mi música fuera mala nunca me habrían dejado entrar. Tener un CD era mi tarjeta de visita. Lo entregaba a la gente como referencia. En algunos casos algunas tiendas aceptaban mi disco en depósito. Mi objetivo era conseguir distribución ya que iba haciéndome un nombre en mi ciudad. Pero me rechazaron en todas compañías distribuidoras.

Por esa época, tocaba en Nordstrom durante las fiestas y una mujer compró 200 CDs. Dijo que la música le recordaba a su difunto marido. Hizo llegar el CD a Richard Paul Evans, autor de best sellers, del New York Times. Me pidió que hiciera un álbum basado en su libro The Christmas Box. Ese año pude conseguir distribución y vendí más de 50000 CDs. El escritor se sentía mal por tener a las mujeres haciendo cola de pie para que les firmase ejemplares de su libro, así que pensó que tenerme a mí tocando el piano mientras la gente esperaba podía estar bien. Esto me abrió otra puerta. Después de dos años vendiendo discos ya tenía una buena relación con la distribuidora y estaba preparado para lanzar mi tercer álbum.

Mientras tanto, acudí a la feria nacional del libro en Chicago. Mi intención era hacer más contactos para la distribución. Conocía a algunos tipos de Virgin Records que dirigían un pequeño sello llamado Narada. En los 80 y 90 eran importantes en música New Age. Se interesaron por comprar el CD The Christmas Box. Licencié el álbum con esa compañía y a cambio me dieron regalías y expandieron mi distribución. Invirtieron en mí y me llevaron a cientos de miles de personas aficionadas a la música para piano. Aun así, no estaba satisfecho, porque querían que hiciese otro estilo de música. Afortunadamente, al mismo tiempo, su compañía estaba bajando financieramente y finalmente me dieron libertad para hacer lo que quería.

Por entonces, en 1999, tenía un amplio público, había creado mi propio sello discográfico (Stone Angel Music) y conocí CD Baby. Fue también el momento en que internet despegó y los músicos independientes tenían más libertad para controlar lo que la gente descubría online. Internet se convirtió en el Salvaje Oeste para los músicos. Pero puede hacerme una web y empezar a promocionarme a través de MySpace y otras redes sociales online.

El momento clave de mi carrera vino después de mi trasplante de corazón en 2009. Hice un blog y más de un millón de personas, que no necesariamente conocían mi música, leían diariamente mis posts sobre mi experiencia a la espera de un futuro desconocido. Sobreviví y grabé un álbum llamado New Life. Con la ayuda de CD Baby y Deseret Book Distribution, una compañía que distribuye a 500 tiendas de regalos LDS/Cristianas (LDS: Iglesia de los Santos de los Últimos Días, popularmente conocidos como mormones), pude llegar al número uno en la lista de New Age de Billboard. Tuve la fortuna de conocer el mercado LDS porque yo soy LDS. Afortunadamente las tiendas reportan a SoundScan igual que las muchas tiendas a las que distribuye CD Baby. Debo añadir que un artista similar, como Jim Brickman, no es LDS y también tiene sus discos a la venta en las tiendas LDS.

¿Qué papel ha representado Pandora en tu éxito?

¡Enorme! Pandora es importante e increíble. Me han abierto puertas. Cientos de miles de personas han descubierto mi música a través de Pandora. Es muy bonito. Como CD Baby, son honestos y pagan sus facturas.

Corrígeme si estoy equivocado, pero tengo la sensación de que los artistas instrumentales/New Age no hacen giras en el sentido tradicional, sino que concentran la energía en crear unos pocos grandes conciertos con gran producción, orquestas, etc. ¿Es eso así en tu caso?

Yo hago algunas giras. Principalmente me invitan a convenciones médicas a hablar. Integro mi música en mis conferencias y capto a nuevos fans de esta manera.

Estás en lo cierto al decir que no podemos ir de gira con toda la gente que toca en nuestros discos, por los costes.

Para un artista hip-hop o folk, salir de gira ofrece no solamente una forma de acercarse a nuevos públicos, sino también para generar apariciones en prensa en cada ciudad. Es algo así como el método obligatorio para crear expectación. ¿Cómo lo hace un artista New Age?

Estoy de acuerdo. Un artista New Age, como todo artista, necesita una historia que contar. Algo que te diferencie de los demás. Es lo que siempre digo: por qué es diferente o mejor tu limonada que la del muchacho a la vuelta de la esquina. Sin intentar crear expectación intencionadamente, ésta ha crecido con el trabajo filantrópico.

Tal como funciona el marketing online, ¿qué es lo que te da mayores ingresos?

Pandora es de lejos la mayor fuente de ingresos, porque soy el dueño del copyright y el intérprete. Aun no tengo muchos seguidores en YouTube. Facebook está muy bien porque permite interactuar con los fans. Pero para que crezcan tus fans has de postear 2-3 veces al día sin hacerte pesado. Tienes que mantenerte creativo sin dejar de ser quien eres. Lo que podría ser divertido para tus amigos podría no serlo para tus fans.

¿Trabajas con un publicista? Si es así, ¿puedes hablarnos de cómo es el proceso?

Los publicistas son importantes. De todas formas, tiendo a hacer yo mismo las llamadas a los medios a puerta fría. He aprendido a redactar una nota de prensa y el nombre de mis ayudantes está en ellas, pero durante la mayor parte de mi carrera yo hice las llamadas y empujaba mi historia. Sin embargo, en mi último álbum 40 Hymns for 40 days, contraté a un publicista porque se estaba escapando a mi control. Cada vez me llama más gente de diarios nacionales e internacionales, radios y televisiones.

A medida que tienes éxito y tienes que gestionar cada vez más aspectos de tu carrera, ¿no tienes la sensación de que corres el peligro de perder la conexión con tu propia música?

Sí, todos acabamos quemándonos… así que intento hacer pausas y viajar. Tienes que divorciarte de tu música, tu estilo, todo eso, y luego volver, arrepentido, y comprometido a hacerlo mejor que nunca. Con cada nuevo álbum, siento como si la música fuera cada vez más potente, profunda y gratificante. Pero el factor de satisfacción llega porque me gusta rodearme de gente con mucho talento, y me fío de su criterio en las contribuciones que hacen al disco. Por ejemplo en las partes de cello o de guitarra acústica, ellos conocen los instrumentos mejor que yo. Después de escuchar a todos los demás que intervienen en el disco, disfruto escuchando porque no se trata solo de mí.

Como propietario de tu propio sello, ¿qué buscas en otros artistas antes de decidirte a lanzar su música?

Muchos de ellos, como el guitarrista Ryan Tilby y el cellista Steven Sharp Nelson, son tipos con los que he tocado muchos años. Pensé que mi público querría escuchar sus discos en solitario, ya que los han escuchado en mis discos o los han visto tocando conmigo. Todos debéis conocer ya a Steven Sharp Nelson porque se unió a mi amigo Jon Schmidt y crearon The Piano Guys. Son una sensación en YouTube, de alguna manera son lo más grande desde Mannheim Steamroller. Afortunadamente, aun soy dueño de sus álbumes y él los promociona con orgullo. Aunque ellos están en Sony, nosotros lanzamos su último álbum en solitario, a través de CD Baby.

Si tuvieras que dar un consejo breve a un joven compositor o cantautor que acaba de decidir intentarlo en el mundo de la música, ¿qué le dirías?

Nunca te rindas. Apréndelo todo sobre el negocio y el marketing. Habla con todo el mundo y disfruta cada instante.


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Paul Cardall’s New Heart Brings No.1 Album

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New Life debuted #1 on Billboard's New Age Chart

New Life debuted #1 on Billboard’s New Age Chart

By Kaylene Morrill for The Deseret News
Published: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 12:55 p.m. MST

Paul Cardall’s new heart brought new life.

Now, his album “New Life” has reached the top of the Billboard New Age Albums chart.

“I never dreamed of having a No.1 recording until now,” Cardall said in a news release. “I’m truly humbled and honored to share a prestigious chart with world-renowned artists Yanni, Enya, Jim Brickman and others.”

Cardall’s album edged out Yanni’s “Truth of Touch” and Enya’s “The Very Best of Enya” for the top spot.

New Life” is the musician’s first album since he received a heart transplant and the fifth to earn a spot on the Billboard chart. The album was completed in September 2010.

“New Life” encompasses a variety of emotions about healing and internalizing self-identity, and about what the musician went through, evidenced by song titles such as “Letting Go,” “Restless Hope” and “Gratitude.”

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Paul Cardall plays his heart out on No. 1 album

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By David Burger
The Salt Lake Tribune
Published: March 31, 2011

The researcher who compiles the Billboard New Age chart expressed surprise that Salt Lake City pianist and composer Paul Cardall’s new album “New Life” ranked No. 1 for three weeks earlier this year.

“I’m not sure how they did that,” said Gordon Murray, chart and research manager of Billboard magazine, about Cardall and his Salt Lake City-based label, Shadow Mountain Records, a division of Deseret Book.

The album’s popularity seems even more surprising when you consider that Yanni, the undisputed king of New Age music, released his new album just six days before Cardall released “New Life.” For three weeks, Cardall, a little-known pianist and composer from the Beehive State, sold more copies nationwide of his new album than Yanni did.

But Cardall considers his biggest, and happiest surprise is that he’s alive.


Person 2 Person – KUTV (CBS) Interview

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Paul Cardall is an internationally acclaimed pianist whose most recent album, New Life, debuted at number one on the Billboard chart in 2011. He is currently working on a new album titled Saving Tiny Hearts that will debut November 11th, 2014.

Having survived with the odds against him, Paul says, “You only live twice,” this after he had to have a heart transplant. Today Paul says music is what got him through a long year and half of waiting and wondering if he was going to survive. This week, Shauna Lake sits down with Paul Cardall “Person 2 Person.”

SHAUNA LAKE: Let’s start with the music. What are you working on?

PAUL CARDALL: Well I have a lot going on with music. I built a studio here in Salt Lake City. It’s the premiere Steinway & Son’s studio. I was invited by Steinway to become a Steinway artist.

SHAUNA LAKE: What does that mean exactly?

PAUL CARDALL: Well it’s huge because there are only 1600 pianists that have, since the beginning of time, that have been asked to be Steinway artists. Everybody from George Gershwin to Rock Maninoff to today you have Billy Joel, Harry Connick Jr., and they just asked me to be an artist so I’m…I’m overwhelmed and thrilled and excited.

SHAUNA LAKE: I was so interested when I was reading about you that you played when you were a little kid and just kind of lost interest and, “Oh I don’t really want to play.”IMG_9025

PAUL CARDALL: I think most kids take piano lessons and they either love it or they hate it. As for me and my large family, there were eight kids and there wasn’t a lot of pressure to play. So I quit. I couldn’t…I couldn’t…I didn’t even like it, but I loved music. But the gift didn’t really come until I was a teenager after the passing of a friend and I went into the piano in my parents living room and there I discovered I could play by ear and the music and the melody that came to me seemed to just give me the comfort and the peace I needed so playing the piano became a regular thing. It was an addiction. I was doing it three hours a day because it made me feel so much peace and comfort and then when I was asked to play for somebody that gave me even more motivation. That’s the beginning of, “Oh maybe this is something I could do.”

SHAUNA LAKE: You talked about your big family, you talked about the death of a friend, and I know more recently you had a tragic death of your brother also.


SHAUNA LAKE: Did music help you in that situation also?

PAUL CARDALL: It did. Brian was a…when he was not doing his field research he was playing the guitar and so he used to sit and play for me. In fact after he passed I kind of stole one of the melodies that he had created and turned that into a piece of music that I put on my album “New Life.” So his legacy of what he created continued on and the melody spoke such comfort and peace to me.

SHAUNA LAKE: What stage of your life you were in when you wrote it?

PAUL CARDALL: Well the most recent album was “New Life.” I had just had a heart transplant and so all the emotions associated with, “Was I going to survive because I was waiting for a donor heart?”Unknown-34 So there was this moment of, “How do I capture all those feelings?” And then the miracle came. I got a heart transplant and then I had to come up with an album that really defined that moment and it took me a year and a half later to have that album. But that album is the one that seemed to have the most impact on people all over the world that were going through similar things. Maybe not a necessarily a heart transplant but we all have our different challenges; and that particular album seemed to resonate with people and I think that’s why it was a number one record.

SHAUNA LAKE: What was happening to your heart in that time?

PAUL CARDALL: The heart…well I was born with only half a heart.


PAUL CARDALL: So the heart was really damaged from previous surgeries, and it had enlarged and they just needed to remove it. I remember going into surgery, the surgery room and I saw all the pieces of equipment and to me it was like an orchestra. There were all these different parts and elements and the surgeon was going to perform this magnificent piece of work, exactly, and he did. He pulled it off.

SHAUNA LAKE: Tell me about your family.

IMG_0340PAUL CARDALL: Mostly my number one fan and person who I love the most is my wife who manages me and keeps me organized. And I just…I think all of my success in the future will be because of her support and love. I really can’t do it without who I’m married to. I’ve been given this second chance in life and to do it without here…I wouldn’t want to do it at all.

SHAUNA LAKE: What does it mean, especially at a young age, to be given the gift of almost your life to live all over again?

PAUL CARDALL: I say we only live twice. You know maybe three times if there’s another heart, but being given a second chance in the beginning is kind of a little rough because you did pack your bags and you did think maybe this is it. But you fought…you fought like crazy to survive and then once you survive you kind of get into this little slump of, “What do I do now?” But then it gets better and better and better and having that second chance you realize everything that you’ve…this is so beautiful in this life. And everything that is so worth living for.

SHAUNA LAKE: Paul it’s been so nice to get to know you better Person 2 Person.

PAUL CARDALL: Thank you Shauna.

SHAUNA LAKE: Thank you so much for your time.

PAUL CARDALL: Yeah my pleasure.

SHAUNA LAKE: Appreciate it.

-Written and produced by Leslie Tillotson (watch the interview)

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)

The heart-pounding music of SLC piano man Paul Cardall

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PUBLISHED JUNE 12, 2012 2:40 PM

Paul Cardall doesn’t want to talk about his heart. The new one he received in 2009 during a much-publicized transplant procedure is working just fine, thank you. Cardall would like to talk about his New Age piano music. He will be performing some of his favorite selections on June 16 at Sandy Amphitheater with the Lyceum Philharmonic youth orchestra.

Cardall, who is also a lecturer and travel specialist, didn’t take well to piano lessons as a child. His restless spirit chafed at the structured demands of traditional piano study, and the lessons stopped after less than a year.

He loved music, though, and listened to it constantly as he grew up in Salt Lake City. When a close friend died while Cardall was in his teens, he returned to the piano, composing a melody in his friend’s honor as he searched for solace.

“For the first time in my life, I hit a couple of notes that spoke to me like I knew them,” he said. “I had this overwhelming feeling. I could really hear what I was feeling through those notes. ”

Through music, Cardall had found a way to plumb the depths of his emotions — and because he was living with a life-threatening congenital heart condition, there were many to explore.

He began spending several daily hours at the piano picking out popular songs and composing music inspired by his favorite New Age artists: David Lanz, Yanni, Jim Brickman and George Winston. Cardall’s original music had a tender, intimate quality that impressed his family and friends.

He soon found gigs playing in restaurants, then at Nordstrom department store. And he began studying the fundamentals of music in earnest. From popular piano instructor Craig Kaelin, he learned about scales and chords, and how to write the musical charts used by studio musicians.

Meanwhile, Cardall took college classes in marketing and business, learning to sell and package music and manage the intricacies of royalties and publishing. He broke onto the national music scene when Utah author Richard Paul Evans asked him to compose an album to link with his best-selling book The Christmas Box in 1994.

A contract with the Narada music label followed in 1999, after which Cardall created his own label, Stone Angel, for inspirational music. His album “New Life” debuted as the No. 1 Billboard New Age album in 2011 and remained in the top five for 30 weeks.

The album was the musical culmination of Cardall’s 385-day wait for a healthy new heart, detailed in a blog that attracted more than 1 million followers. The release coincided with the publication of his memoir, Before My Heart Stops.

The songs Cardall will perform at the Sandy Amphitheater have been expanded musically from the versions on his albums. Utah composer/arranger Marshall McDonald, a friend of Cardall’s, wrote full orchestrations of the pieces, to be performed by the award-winning Lyceum Philharmonic youth orchestra.

“Paul’s music has a lot of textures, and we’re adding a lot with the orchestra,” said Kayson Brown, conductor of the Lyceum Philharmonic. “The best of Paul Cardall will be there in a way audiences haven’t heard.”

Besides accompanying Cardall, the orchestra will play the Scherzo from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Leroy Anderson’s crowd-pleasing “Fiddle Faddle” and two selections from “The Price of Freedom,” a stage musical by Utah composer Rob Gardner.

The Lyceum Philharmonic is an after-school orchestra program for students ages 13 to 18, sponsored by the American Heritage private school in American Fork. The 65-piece auditioned orchestra is the top performing ensemble of four after-school ensembles at American Heritage; it draws students from many Utah communities.

The orchestra’s young players have performed with a variety of Utah musicians, including singer Alex Boyé, cellist Steven Sharp Nelson, violinist Jenny Oaks Baker and singer David Archuleta. The group has won the Best of State Utah award as best youth instrumental group for the past four years.

“The students are all auditioned and all motivated,” said Brown, who holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Brigham Young University, where he is on the string faculty. “There’s a wonderful atmosphere from people using their discretionary time and resources to perform uplifting music.”

Brown expects the concert to be memorable for his orchestra, as well as Cardall’s fans. “If you’ve listened to Paul’s music, it just washes over you,” he said. “This is a chance for our musicians to be part of that, feeding off his energy and the beautiful surroundings. It will be a magical night for our young musicians and the audience as well.”