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CCM Magazine: Dove Award-Winning Pianist Paul Cardall Releases New Album ‘Return Home’ 

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Dove Award-winning pianist Paul Cardall has released a new album, Return Home, honoring his heritage and the multi-GRAMMY winning audio engineer Michael Bishop on September 8, 2023.

Paul planned to record with Michael Bishop until the unexpected passing of Michael who died as result of a tragic accident. Because of the nature of Michael’s injury, Michael was life-flighted to the main campus of University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio where he received highly skilled medical attention.

Prior to Michaels passing, the two met in 2019 after being encouraged by John Jennings, Vice-President of Royer Labs Microphones to work together. Jennings heard Paul improvise music at a dinner party in Nashville and suggested he record an album of improvisations. Paul’s previous recordings debuted on top 11 Billboard charts with more than 3 billion lifetime streams. The idea of improvising a record was foreign to Cardall who carefully prepared compositions before entering a studio. But the chance to work with Michael was a risk the pianist was willing to take.

Bishop made arrangements with Ohio’s Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio. They recorded for two days in the Clonick Hall premier recording studio, which educates some of today’s finest piano technicians. The studio has 3 Steinway & Sons concert grand pianos. Cardall was recognized by Steinway for his distinguished career in music and outstanding loyalty to the Steinway piano. He was included on a roster, a list of the most accomplished and discriminating artists in the world.

The resulting album, Peaceful Piano (Anthem Entertainment), featured 18 songs from the session. The album was featured in Mix Magazine and Forbes Magazine. Michael and Paul discussed recording a series of improvisational pieces inspired by Paul and his wife’s heritage. Unfortunately, it was during the Covid-19 Michael Bishop passed away. Not only was this tragic for his family, but the recording academy (GRAMMYs) who respected his work and his colleagues at Four/Five Production company. Shortly after Bishop’s passing, his colleague Thomas Moore, who assisted Bishop on Peaceful Piano also passed away.

When the pandemic came to a close, Paul reached out to Bishop’s surviving business partner and fellow GRAMMY-winning engineer Robert Friedrich. They discussed doing something like Peaceful Piano to honor Bishop and the legacy he’d left behind for his children and grandchildren. The idea tied into Paul’s desire to compose songs about the legacy of his own forefathers.

Friedrich booked time at Ohio’s Baldwin College University’s Gamble Auditorium in the Kulas Musical Arts Building. Baldwin is known as the birthplace of America’s first annual Bach competition. To capture the experimental recording session on film, Paul hired Think Media Studios to send a film crew. Music performance videos were produced and edited for Paul’s YouTube channel so fans could watch the recording as it was happening live for the album.

Sitting at a Steinway & Sons model D concert grand, surrounded by cameras, in an empty theatre with Friedrich behind the stage recording every sound in the venue, Paul began improvising. The pianist utilized his familiar left hand arpeggio style that are more commonly used on instruments which serve the role of melodic lead or ornamentation. Beethoven used arpeggios in Moonlight Sonata. Today, pop artists like The Eagles (Hotel California) and Coldplay (Clocks) incorporate this style. Paul has been using this method since his first album Sign of Affection was released on cassette in 1995. After improvising several pieces Cardall shifted towards minimalistic chords allowing the listener to be aware of gradual changes. In addition many pieces incorporated germanic and polish styles of counterpoint, harmonic, with motivic organization familiar in Bach and Chopin’s simple piano pieces. Patterns were repeated to create an atmosphere – and introspective, causing the pianist to go deep into a personal reflection of exploring lands of his heritage.

Paul’s wife Tina is a first generation Slovenian American whose parents fled communist Yugoslavia as teenagers. Paul and Tina returned to Slovenia in 2016 with his mother in law Christine to do a concert encouraging the Slovenian government to help families affected by congenital heart disease. Christine had not seen her native land in 42 years. Paul walked beside his mother in law into the village of Tisovec where she was born. These experiences inspired the songs Ljubljana – Heart of Slovenia and Castles and Cathedrals. Paul had noted that many of the castles were abandoned and in ruins. Whereas Cathedrals not only remained, but regions continued to restore them to their glory.

During several songs Friedrich and Paul noticed the chirping of birds coming from the roof of the auditorium. Remembering a romantic dinner with his wife in Paris, the couple was surrounded by birds anxious to grab crumbs underneath the dining table. Cardall told Friedrich to keep rolling. That moment led to recording An Evening in Paris with the faint sound of real birds performing outside the venue.

Paul continued playing several pieces and felt his abilities draining. Nothing beyond his heritage was pouring through. Friedrich and Cardall took a break. Paul went on a walk and called his wife Tina. When he returned to the piano, Paul thought of his grandfather, Alan W. Layton, was an artillery captain in World War II. After allies landed on the shores of Normandy, his grandfather went into France where he was wounded at the Battle of The Bulge. The Shores of Normandy became the tribute to his grandfather and all men and women who endure the tragedy of war.

The composers mind drifted to thoughts of his daughters Eden and Eliza, along with the recent passing of his father-in-law. He composed Fathers and Daughters and Eliza’s Theme. The session ended.

A month later, Friedrich mixed a rough draft of 23 pieces and delivered them to Paul to do the final mix. Though the album was intended to be a solo piano record but he felt the music needed additional cinematic depth. He hired Nashville string arrangers Josée Weigand and her husband Gideon Klein to create arrangements. They were hired previously for Cardall’s December album. The string ensemble brought more depth to his piano pieces.

The resulting album titled Return Home is an introspective album featuring 13 pieces for piano that take listeners on a cinematic journey through the lands of his ancestors. The uniqueness of this album is that Cardall entered the studio without any material. All of the songs were improvised.

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Pianist Paul Cardall to release album honoring his heritage and passing of Grammy winning audio engineer Michael Bishop 

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September 04, 2023, 16:30 GMT
 

September 8, 2023, Pianist Paul Cardall will release his album Return Home honoring heritage, legacy, and what we pass down to our children.

 

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES, September 4, 2023/EINPresswire.com/ -- From his youth, internationally acclaimed pianist Paul Cardall has been fascinated by his European heritage and the immigration stories of his forbearers who came to the United States from a variety of nations.  Their experiences were at the heart and mind of the pianist as he improvised on a Steinway & Sons concert grand piano that became the music for his upcoming album Return Home.

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Paul has a tremendous gift in music 

By Scot Facer Proctor · May 18, 2023

We have loved Paul Cardall for many years. He is a remarkable individual who has faced tremendous health challenges since the day he was born. Doctors did not think he would survive, inasmuch as he had severe heart issues. But he has defied the odds for many many years. At one point he received a heart transplant, and he has been very grateful for this ever since.

Paul has a tremendous gift in music. His hands and his heart and his mind seem to meld with the piano. He is also a gifted composer, and has arrangements have moved untold thousands around the world. He was generous enough to let us use one of his arrangements of Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing to be the theme music for our podcast that we have done for more than 4 1/2 years now on the Come Follow Me materials. Any of you who have listened to the podcast will recognize that music of his. I wish that you could meet Paul in person and hear him play in person. There is a spirit about him that is very palpable and powerful.

We once came in to an age care facility in the Salt Lake Valley, and the music that was playing in that place was overwhelming. It sounded like it was coming from upstairs, but we thought it was over some very fine sound system. We asked the person at the front desk and she said, “Oh, that’s Paul Cardall. He’s here today playing for our residents.” They had a beautiful grand piano and he was playing “I know that my Redeemer Lives” and it was so moving he had us in tears. This is the kind of musician that he is.

We listen to Paul all the time on our various music sources and we recommend him to everyone. I have chosen this latest video that he has done called Love One Another. Just sit back and relax and enjoy and I know that it will bless your day.

SOURCE: https://latterdaysaintmag.com/highlighting-our-latter-day-saint-musicians-paul-cardall/

Paul Cardall ‘Love One Another’ 

CCM | Brandon Woolum  (March 10, 2023)

Born with only half a functioning heart, Cardall wasn’t expected to survive his first day. After decades of medical procedures and complex surgeries, countless prayers, his battle with death culminated in a beautifully orchestrated heart transplant.

As a teenager, God gave Cardall the gift of composing peaceful piano music.

“My music is a resource that’s helped millions across the globe access spiritual feelings wherever they are,” says Cardall. 

His latest, ‘Love One Another, is a cinematic masterpiece for piano and string ensemble. Because there are no works, it can be used for prayer, studying the word of God, or simply setting a positive mood and relaxing feeling wherever you are.

 

Pianist Paul Cardall talks about ‘December‘ album 

Maine's Morning Sentinel

by Lucky Clark

When I got a press release about a new album being released titled “December,” I knew I wanted to feature it in the month that shares the name. Ever since I started doing this, I’ve wanted to cover seasonal albums during this special time of year, and music had such an impact on me growing up, especially Christmas music. I requested and was granted a phone interview with Dove Award winning pianist and composer Paul Cardall — who is one of the most-played artists on Pandora with 2.4 billion streams on that platform so far. When he called me from his Nashville home on Nov. 30 he was more than happy to share his thoughts in a soft-spoken voice that reflects the instrumental music he creates. 

Q: The first thing that I noticed upon listening to your new album was how much it reminded me of the great pianists that called Windham Hill Records home — like Liz Story, Barbara Higbie, Philip Aaberg, and of course George Winston. 
Cardall: Those were remarkable days and I was signed with Narada (Records) — Windham Hills competitor — that had Peter Buffett, Tingstad and Rumbel, and David Lanz. It’s sad that all those labels got gobbled up, but a lot of the pianists are still out and around — and George is still doing stuff, but it’s not like the old days.

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DECEMBER, EL NUEVO ÁLBUM DE PAUL CARDALL, ALCANZA EL NÚMERO 1 EN ITUNES POCAS HORAS DESPUÉS DE SU LANZAMIENTO. 

by ALEJANDRO CLAVIJO - DIC 9, 2021

Con más de 500.000 reproducciones, December se posiciona como uno de los mejores álbumes estas Navidades. 

Dos versiones/Dos joyas.

El pasado 3 de diciembre, el famoso pianista y compositor Paul Cardall lanzó la primera versión de December. En formato digital y físico, el álbum contaba con 14 tracks compuestos para piano y conjunto de cuerdas. 

Para el 10 de diciembre, Cardall liberará la segunda versión, donde todos los tracks que se incluían en el primer álbum están interpretados en solo piano. Dos versiones, el mismo título, sensaciones diferentes pero muy positivas.

La versión de piano y cuerdas del track «Thanksgiving», ocupa a día de hoy el puesto #10 en el Top 20 Hits de Reviews New Age. 

Ambas versiones del álbum cuentan con 14 pistas en un estilo clásico minimalista, y todas son composiciones originales de Cardall, con la excepción de «Hush, Little Baby». El pianista lleva a los oyentes en un viaje desde la salida de la luna nueva en septiembre hasta el Año Nuevo a finales de diciembre.

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Seacrest Studios Welcomes Paul Cardall 

by Herb Longs 11/04/2021

https://www.thechristianbeat.org/seacrest-studios-welcomes-paul-cardall/

Dove Award-winning artist Paul Cardall is scheduled to do a virtual tour of seven Seacrest Studios, based in various children’s hospitals all over the U.S. between November 9 and December 7. Seacrest Studios are the primary initiative of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. In addition to his appearance, Cardall is donating a keyboard to each of the hospitals. 

Cardall suffered from a congenital heart defect and in his 30s received a heart transplant. After spending  years of his life in hospitals and recovering from surgeries, he understands the trauma imposed, particularly young people and their families. Cardall has made it his life’s mission to create and share piano music that is healing both physically and emotionally. 

“I’m really grateful for this opportunity with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and Seacrest Studios. I think the work they are doing and the resources they offer are so important. This gives me the opportunity to speak directly to kids and parents—and I can speak from a place of experience that hopefully they can relate to. For that reason, I’m honored to do anything in my power to support them in their work,” states Cardall.

“Following my third heart surgery, as a teenager, I listened to all kinds of music,” Cardall adds. I found it helped soothe me. Not long after this time, my best friend was killed in a car accident. It sent me fully into grief and confusion. ‘Why him?’ ‘Why not me?’ I felt drawn to the piano in our house, and within moments of touching the keys, I heard melodies. I saw the piano as a puzzle and the keys as pieces to that puzzle. It’s in that same spirit that I’m hopeful other kids in hospitals would be interested in a keyboard they can work through like a puzzle. It doesn’t even matter if they know how to play or not.  The medical machinery in hospital rooms can be unnerving to both the kids and their families. But the tones of a piano will offset the tones of those machines and it can help bring down everyone’s stress levels.” 

“We are incredibly grateful to Paul for both his time and the generous donation of keyboards,” said Meredith Seacrest Leach, Executive Director & COO of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. “We have seen the impact live music and music education has on patients and know that the ability to learn and play music will be therapeutic to so many of the patients who visit Seacrest Studios.” 

VIRTUAL TOUR DATES: 
November 9    Boston Children’s Hospital 
November 9    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center 
November 10  Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children (Orlando) 
November 10  Children’s Health (Dallas) 
November 11  Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 
December 7     Children’s National Hospital (Washington, D.C.) 
December 7     Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Paul Cardall Offers Fans Two Unique Versions Of New Album Project 

The Christian Post

10.29.2021 | Jessie Clarks

Award-winning pianist and composer Paul Cardall is scheduled to release two unique versions of his much-anticipated upcoming instrumental project December. On December 3, the famed pianist will release, both a digital and physical version of the album and it will feature piano with string ensemble. Then, on December 10, a solo piano version will be available in digital only format. 

Both versions of the album feature 14 tracks in a minimalist classical style, and all are original compositions by Cardall, with the exception of “Hush, Little Baby.” The pianist takes listeners on a journey from the rise of a new moon in September through the New Year. 

One of the biggest streaming artists of our time, Cardall is a Dove Award-winning musician, composer and producer, whose music has been streamed over 3 billion times. He has had 11 #1 Billboard  albums, and is one of the highest streamed artists in the world with 30 million monthly listeners from more than 160 countries and has 2.8 million subscribed fans to his various social media platforms. 

“My goal with this record was to be alone with an imperfect, upright, somewhat out of tune piano,” explains Cardall. “I normally play a Steinway, but I first saw this piano in the studio when I was recording my last album The Broken Miracle. That day I sat down to play it and it reminded me of myself—somewhat broken. I began improvising and based on my experience in that moment, the piano began producing almost perfect soothing sounds. When it came time to record this album, I returned to that piano. I lit the studio with just one light that sat atop the piano. For the next several hours I improvised and created songs from start to finish. I repeated this process the next day. Leaving the studio, I felt somewhat devastated believing that this idea might have been a failure. But my audio engineer sent me the recordings and as I was listening, I noticed something different. My minimalist classical style had emerged and the beauty of it filled my ears. What I learned through the process was that all we need is someone with vision who sees the potential in the beauty of our brokenness.” 

In the two decades Cardall has been recording, his style and technique have evolved into a modern Classical style. Each composition has a concise structure, simple compositional techniques, manageable technical requirements and basic harmonies. His pieces offer thought-provoking melodies and feature simple yet powerful string accompaniments. 

Cardall’s collaborators on December, the full version, includes Giles Reaves (programming), Gideon Klein (cello), and Josee Weigand (string arrangements/violin/viola). 

TRACK LISTING: 

September Winds 

Beyond the Wall 

New Moon Rising 

First Snow 

Sleeping Flowers 

Thanksgiving 

Advent Prayer 

Leaving Nazareth 

Hush, Little Baby (The Mocking Bird Song) 

Hearts of The Children 

Hearts of The Fathers 

December 

Our Beating Hearts 


A New Year

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Dove Award-Winning Pianist, Paul Cardall, Releases Second Single 'New Moon Rising' from Piano Album 'December' 

BREATHE CAST | MUSIC VIDEOS

October 02, 2021 12:36 EDT By Tiffany Barnes

Award-winning pianist and composer Paul Cardall  releases new music today with “New Moon Rising,” the second single from his much-anticipated contemporary classical piano project December. The album will be released globally on December 3 on All Heart Publishing distributed by Symphonic. 

One of the biggest streaming artists of our time, Paul is a Dove Award-winning pianist, composer and producer, whose music has been streamed over 3 billion times. He has had 11 #1 Billboard albums, and is one of the highest streamed artists in the world with 30 million monthly listeners from more than 160 countries and has 2.8 million subscribed fans to his various social media platforms. 

“New Moon Rising” is an original, introspective composition. “This is a time of year when we often take stock of our lives, comparing the opposites we encounter and determining if we need a fresh start in particular area of our lives," suggests Cardall. "Composing is my form of journaling." 

"The compositions on December feel very  autobiographical. I went into the studio without any preconceptions, but I knew I wanted to experiment with a minimalist approach of classical piano style. It’s introspective with exquisite melodies accompanied by soothing string arrangements. The music is deeply emotional, particularly because our world is in commotion and music has the power to heal hearts. I try to utilize the space between the notes like our lungs expanding in and out, our hearts beats pointing in and out, flowing with a perfect yin yang.” 

Earlier this year Cardall released a joint album/book project titled The Broken Miracle, featuring special guests including David Archuleta, Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees), Ty Herndon, Rachel Yamagata, Thompson Square, Matt Hammitt and many others. The Broken Miracle chronicles his life dealing with a congenitally defective heart, through his transplant 12 years ago. Cardall is also the host of a successful podcast, All Heart, and a YouTube series All Heart Adventures, featuring Cardall in various "bucket list" scenarios--living his life to the fullest, with gratitude and appreciation.

We Are All Worth Rescuing: Paul Cardall & Charles Martin 

JESUS CALLING (30 Million Copies Sold)

(Previous guests include; Matthew McConaughey, Chris Tomlin, PBS Rick Steves, Kari Jobe, Lecrae, and more)

 

We Are All Worth Rescuing: Paul Cardall & Charles Martin – Episode #246 

Narrator: Welcome to the Jesus Calling Podcast. Sometimes situations in life are beyond our control, and when we’re faced with impossible circumstances that begin to close in on us and maybe even threaten our very existence, we can cling to the hope that God will deliver us and heal us, just as David prayed in the book of Psalms 32:7: You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. 

Pianist Paul Cardall was born with half a heart and faced years of heart surgeries before receiving a transplant that changed his life forever. Author Charles Martin was inspired by the Biblical story of the shepherd who left his ninety-nine sheep to rescue the one who had gone astray, which inspired his book, The Water Keeper. 

We’ll begin our episode with Paul’s story.

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