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Ty Herndon Joins Paul Cardall on All Heart to Discuss Mental Health in the Industry

BY DELIA ROWLAND

Ty Herndon, the Grammy-nominated Dove award-winning chart-topping country artist, joined Paul Cardall on his podcast All Heart with Paul Cardall to discuss the mental and emotional toll of life as an artist. 

The ethos of All Heart is to celebrate the people who have contributed more to the music industry than just music, and Herndon was the perfect fit. 

As friends in the industry, Herndon and Cardall candidly tackle subjects such as coping with isolation after years on the road, Ty Herndon’s Foundation For Love & Acceptance and his journey as one of the first major country artists to come out as gay, as well as his newest release “Orphans of God” which is a precursor to his upcoming rehashed Christmas album, Regifted.

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Ty Herndon + Kristin Chenoweth, Paul Cardall release new duet, 'Orphans of God' 

Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 05:55 pm 

Available now, new single features award-winning pianist & composer Paul Cardall 

Herndon’s new Christmas album, ‘Regifted,’ set for Nov. 27 release 

Grammy nominated and Dove Award-winning recording artist Ty Herndon has released a duet with Emmy and Tony award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth, titled, “Orphans of God.” The single, which also features award-winning pianist and composer Paul Cardall on piano, will be featured on Herndon’s upcoming Christmas album, “Regifted,” set for release Friday, Nov. 27. Both the single and album are released via BFD/The Orchard. 

“Orphans of God” can be heard here, while “Regifted” can be heard here. 

“I’ve been wanting to record ‘Orphans of God’ for quite some time, and I’m so honored and humbled that it came together with my friends, Kristin Chenoweth and Paul Cardall, during this very difficult time in the life of our nation. It’s more important now than it has ever been before to remember that we are all created equally and that God loves us all just the same. I hope this song can be a beacon of hope to anyone who’s feeling lost, overwhelmed, or suffering in any way,” Herndon said. 

Chenoweth said, "To sing with Ty Herndon was a dream. But to sing a song with lyrics that we both believe was so special. I hope as you listen to the song you hear the words and they speak to your heart.”

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Paul Cardall, Like His Podcast Name States, is “All Heart” 

BY COLIN MONTEMARANO | AMERICAN SONGWRITER

From the beautiful music he composes, performs, and produces, to his philanthropic efforts, resilient spirit, and aptly named podcast, Paul Cardall is “All Heart.” Connecting with listeners around the world, the Dove-Award winner’s solely improvised album Peaceful Piano has over 2.4 billion streams, with 20 million streams a month in 160 countries. This month Paul is celebrating the launch of his new podcast All Heart with Paul Cardall, as part of the American Songwriter Podcast Network. Each episode features a deep-dive interview with an interesting artist, actor, director or personality about their passion and drive. Upcoming guests include Thompson Square, Tony Memmel, and Randall Foster.

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Paul Cardall’s Peaceful Piano  

Room for Renewal, With Michael Bishop at the Board 

BY BARBARA SCHULTZ | MIX MAGAZINE JAN 2020

Ten years ago, pianist Paul Cardall was months into his stay in Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah, where he awaited a heart transplant. Born with a congenital heart defect, Cardall had been in and out of the same hospital since he was an infant.

“I lived most of my life with a half-functioning heart, and the only experts available to care for me were in a children’s hospital,” he explains. “This is because most people with my diagnosis didn’t survive. I was at the end stage, waiting for a heart because I was slipping away.” 

Music was Cardall’s refuge during this difficult period. “There was a beautiful piano that Steinway had donated to the children’s hospital lobby,” he recalls. “At night when I had time to myself—even though I was hooked up to IVs and other machines—I would ask my nurse to help me take everything out to that piano.” 

Night after night, Cardall extemporized in the hospital lobby, until finally a donor heart became available. Ten years later, Cardall decided to recapture the emotions that had poured out during his hospital stay on a solo piano project called Peaceful Piano.

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Paul Cardall Dedicates Song/Starts GoFundMe Page for Fan 

Nashville, TN (December 10, 2019) 

Internationally renowned pianist, composer, producer and songwriter, Paul Cardall, is dedicating his poignant rendition of the Christmas classic, “O Holy Night,” to fellow heart disease patient Mandy Dutton this holiday season. 

Sung by GRAMMY Award-winner CeCe Winans, it’s a featured track on his album Christmas, which recently earned Cardall Instrumental Album of the Year at the Gospel Music Association’s 50th Annual Dove Awards held October 15th. 

Cardall shares, “’O Holy Night’s’ lyrics remind us this time of year to love one another. When we do that as the song suggests, ‘chains shall break… all oppression cease,’ which to me means alleviating the suffering of others like my friend Mandy. A wife and mother of four children, she, once like me, is in the fight for her life.” Continuing, “Who better to convince us of that message than one of the most awarded gospel singers of all time, CeCe Winans.” 

Creating a GoFundMe campaign on givingtuesday, Dutton is facing exceptionally difficult times this season. The mother of four, including three adopted children has been denied by five hospitals for a life saving heart transplant. The family is in need of assistance to not only cover her medical bills, but also to move to a lower elevation, in hopes of extending her life.

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Prolific pianist uses music to heal, inspire 

By American Heart Association News

As soon as Paul Cardall was born, doctors knew something was terribly wrong. He was a blue baby. Oxygenated blood wasn't pumping properly through his body. 

At only 22 hours old, Cardall underwent a difficult operation to save his life. The doctors discovered what amounted to only half a functioning heart and they warned his parents it was only a temporary fix for his complex congenital heart defect. The tragic prognosis: "Don't expect your son to survive." 

Yet, Cardall made it home from the hospital. Months turned into years as he went for periodic checkups, took piano lessons, earned his Eagle Scout badge and joked with friends about the noticeable scar on his chest. 

Some of his earliest memories were at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, where the staff were like family. 

At age 13, he nearly died from an infection. He had a complicated heart surgery because of it. A year later, he returned for reconstructive heart surgery. 

Cardall had always been fighting for his own life. But it took the sudden death of his best friend, Dave Creer, in an auto-pedestrian accident for Cardall, then 16, to grasp the bigger picture. 

"The reality of life and how fragile it is, as a teenager, really hit me," he said. 

Cardall had never been keen on practicing the piano, but within a few hours he wrote "Dave's Farewell" for his friend. 

Dave's parents cried when Cardall performed it for them.

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PIANIST, COMPOSER AND PRODUCER PAUL CARDALL WINS HIS FIRST GMA DOVE AWARD FOR INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR 

(Nashville, TN; October 16, 2019): Internationally renowned pianist, composer and producer Paul Cardall was a winner at Gospel Music Association’s 50th Annual Dove Awards held yesterday in Nashville, TN. Winning Instrumental Album of the Year for his album Christmas, it was produced by Jim Daneker and features fellow artist CeCe Winans, Audrey Assad, and Patrice Tipoki. Upon release, the album impressively debuted on 9 Billboard Charts, including #1 New Age Album, #1 Heatseekers — Mountain, # 4 Classical Album, #4 Classical Crossover Album, #8 Heatseekers, #11 Christian Album Sales, #31 Independent Album, #36 Top Christian Album Sales, and #42 Holiday Album.

“This win is a beautiful, humbling, incredible moment for my family, fans, and me. I’m amazed to see the impact piano music has on people of diverse faiths and cultures in more than 160 nations,” Cardall exclaimed before adding, “God knows who is hurting and I’m convinced He wants to heal all of us, one by one. He healed my heart. And it’s been my life’s work to heal other hearts.” 

Cardall is also celebrating the 10th Anniversary since receiving a new heart with his latest album Peaceful Piano, which was released August 23rd and was recently featured in Forbes, who noted he “draw(s) upon his own experiences to create soothing melodies that offer comfort.” As well they said, “His songs take the listener on an emotional journey.” 

The 18-track album of piano solos features album opener “A New Beginning”, along with “Dance of The Forgotten,” a poignant song written in honor of donors who have given the gift of life with their selfless act of organ donation. 

Born with congenital heart disease, Cardall went thru countless surgeries his childhood and adolescence before getting a transplant ten years ago. In and out of the hospital, he taught himself how to play piano as a teenager. 

Cardall released his first album in 1995 before founding his indie label Stone Angel Music, going on to impressively score eight No. 1’s on the Billboard Charts while releasing over 20 albums to date and earning a staggering 2.3 billion streams. 

Overall, Cardall has been responsible for 11 No. 1’s with an additional 21 in the Top 10, totaling over 40 charting releases and 300 weeks on the Billboard charts in his career. His roles as an award-winning film composer, musician and producer, which have led him to collaborating with such stellar artists as Grammy award winning gospel singer CeCe Winans, Audrey Assad, Steven Sharp Nelson from The Piano Guys among others. 

Currently based in Nashville, Cardall performed with Ty Herndon at this year’s LoveLoud Festival in Salt Lake City. In honor of his album Christmas, Cardall also performed at The White House for the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and with Winans at the historic Ryman Auditorium for the annual Tokens show.

In his music, Paul Cardall remembers heart transplant 10 years later 

By: Todd Kunz 

Posted: Oct 15, 2019 08:04 PM MDT

AMMON, Idaho (KIDK/KXPI) - Paul Cardall has recorded 11 No. 1 albums on the Billboard charts. He has had 21 albums in the Top 10. His music has amassed 2 billion streams and counting, with 25 million unique listeners. If that's not incredible enough, he taught himself to play piano as a teenager. 

"Because everybody that had what I have died," said Cardall. 

A rare form of congenital heart disease brought him into this world with half a heart. He was born with only two chambers. The condition led to countess medical procedures as a young boy -- too many to mention, he said. To pass the time, Cardall began taking piano lessons. 

"Well, I quit after six months. I hated it," he said. 

He would go on to teach himself. Things really began getting serious in his teens, both in his music world and with his health. He was staying in a hospital days at a time.

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Up Close: Utah Artist Finds Healing, Comfort Through Music 

By Dan Rascon, KSL TV 
October 9, 2019 at 8:28 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Paul Cardall’s amazing career started with three simple notes that came to mind as a 14-year-old boy, who was grieving over the tragic and sudden death of his best friend that died in a car crash. 

He had no formal training on the piano, just six months of lessons when he was eight years old. 

Now, after 21 top ten billboard albums and two billion streams, he’s the first Utahn to be nominated for a Dove award from the Gospel Music Association. 

“I’m overwhelmed and grateful,” Cardall said. “It’s the equivalent to the Grammy’s for the Christian Community.” 

Cardall said he sat down at a piano and the notes came to his mind. His friend was a piano player. 

“It’s almost like a question,” Cardall said after playing those three notes. From those notes, Cardall said he started composing songs and would practice three hours a day. 

However, this incredibly talented worldwide music composer isn’t about flash and flare, but inner feelings and emotion. 

“I want to get out of the way and let the music do what it does for you,” he said. “I want to enrich a life rather than entertain a life. I don’t want any attention on me I want it on the music.”

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