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Paul Cardall Shares His Extraordinary Life in ‘The Broken Miracle’ 

BY KATHERINE YESKE TAYLOR 

February 8, 2021

Pianist and composer Paul Cardall has been incredibly prolific, and on February 5 he added to his discography with The Broken Miracle, which he reckons is his 22nd studio release. This one is special, though, because it is “probably my most vulnerable project of my career. It’s a culmination of everything I’ve been through. This is a reflection back on my journey,” he says, calling from his Nashville home. 

Cardall certainly has led an extraordinary life. “I was born with only half a heart,” he says, which meant that he was not expected to live for long. Cardall has beaten those odds—but this meant he had to endure a childhood largely spent in hospitals. As an adult, he has undergone a heart transplant. Still, despite such daunting obstacles, he has built a successful career, becoming one of the most-played artists on Pandora (with 2.4 billion streams on that platform to date). 

Cardall’s story is so compelling that there is an additional aspect to this project: “[The album] accompanies the novel that’s been written about my journey. It’s a fictional story based on real people and real events in my life,” Cardall says. This book—also titled The Broken Miracle—came out on February 2. “It’s a way for my audience to experience the things I’ve been through that I’ve drawn inspiration from.” To ensure that the subject matter was handled correctly, Cardall brought in his longtime friend, bestselling author J.D. Netto.

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Paul Cardall Releases ‘The Broken Miracle’ Album & Book 

 

Staff | February 5, 2021 

Nashville, TN (February 3, 2021) 
Christian music songwriter and producer—and former Mormon—Paul Cardall, has announced the upcoming release of his newest album, as well as a new book. 

The new album, The Broken Miracle, is a memoir type album, following the story of his life and it’s based on the biographical fiction novel of the same name, which was written by J.D. Netto, the book will be released on February 2, with the album following on February 5. 

Paul posted this statement on FB back in October of 2020: 
“I’m usually very private about my faith because I respect each of you who come from a variety of Christian denominations, and those who are faithful in their Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, and even some of my Atheist and Agnostic friends. I respect your journey as you’ve respected mine. 

As a Christian, there comes a time in our lives when we can no longer deny a spiritual transformation that occurs in our lives as we honestly, humbly, and submissively seek answers and healing from God. 

Over the past decade, my life has dramatically shifted away from Mormonism towards Christ. Growing up I believed in Jesus and knew Him because I relied on Him desperately with every illness. I give God the credit for guiding my medical team on raising me from the dead, temporarily like Lazarus, and fixing me though organ donation. Jesus changed my heart literally and began changing my heart spiritually these past few years. 

The law of Moses was fulfilled and yet for 45 years I’ve continued to read the law and participate in rituals with a symbolic veil over my eyes (2 Corinthians 3:15). Like Saul, I was ambitious in declaring boldly that I knew it all…but that’s a whole other conversation. Needless to say, like Saul I, too, was blind and I apologize. 

I love you all so much. 

If you are interested in pursuing a life filled with sincere healing—free from judgement in a world where Jesus asked the woman caught in the very act of adultery, “Where are thine accusers?” “None, Lord.” “Then neither do I condemn thee” come with me. Where Jesus waited to mentor a woman at the well He knew was living with a man who wasn’t her husband, whoever was forever changed by that one by one encounter, then come. And to many more misfits, outcasts, moths, who were rejected by the Church of His day, that He encountered and healed, come let’s follow this Jesus. He is my God and He wants to be your God. All are welcome to the table. Come with me, let’s go follow Him and encounter all those in need of healing, compassion, mercy, and love. None are rejected. Know the truth and this truth, which is Jesus, will set you Free… I testify of this—I am free.” — Paul Cardall

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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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