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Composer Paul Cardall Celebrates Heart Transplant Anniversary & Release Of ‘Peaceful Piano’ Album 

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Paul Cardall’s entire life has been “heart centered” in one way or another. Whether through his struggle to survive numerous surgeries and an eventual heart transplant due to a complex congenital heart defect, or his desire now to help others cope with loss and pain by giving them hope through music. 

His new album Peaceful Piano is his latest effort to draw upon his own experiences to create soothing melodies that offer comfort. 

“Music creates an atmosphere where you can unwind,” he says. “You can ponder, meditate, and think through things. It can help people access spiritual feelings and peaceful emotions.” 

His songs take the listener on an emotional journey. Cardall explains what that means.

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PAUL CARDALL PLAYS LOVELOUD FEST WITH TY HERNDON 

Cardall, a Utah pianist, told the Daily Herald LOVELOUD is personal for him.  

“I grew up in Salt Lake City. I’ve had a lot of friends deal with depression, some who are openly gay and they’ve taken their lives,” Cardall said. “I had a heart transplant 10 years ago. My organ donor took his life, so I am all about in the music I’ve created for years trying to help people understand their value, how valuable they are and not to give up.”

(Brandon Stansell, Paul Cardall, Ty Herndon)

 

Dan Reynolds, Kesha open up to LGBTQ youth at LOVELOUD

By Sarah Harris | Daily Herald

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds took the LOVELOUDstage for the first time without his band Saturday, pleading with LGBTQ youth to “not take your life from us.” 

“We need you. We need every one of you,” Reynolds, the event’s founder, told the crowd. “Your life is always worth living, always. There’s cool things that happen. Things get better.” 

Thousands packed USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City for the third annual LOVELOUD Festival Powered by AT&T supporting LGBTQ youth. 

A video at the event quoted a statistic that LGBTQ youth who feel accepted are seven times less likely to commit suicide. 

“The goal is to destigmatize, and in order to destigmatize something, we talk about it, we talk about it, we talk about it. We educate,” Reynolds told the Daily Herald in a red carpet interview before the festival. “I hope that it’s started to penetrate the culture a little bit.”

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Former DHS Special Agent Tim Ballard In Nashville To Discuss Child-Trafficking Film 

Tim Ballard founded Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) in 2013 as the leading organization which undertakes actual extractions of children caught in the web of human trafficking. Prominent pianist and #1 Billboard artist Paul Cardall will host a "Red Carpet Evening" with Ballard and (O.U.R.) at The Franklin Theatre on May 22 and view O.U.R.'s documentary "Operation Touissant."

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Prominent pianist Paul Cardall will host a "Red Carpet Evening" with Operation Underground Railroad's (O.U.R.) Tim Ballard at The Franklin Theatre on May 22. Ballard founded O.U.R. in 2013 as the leading organization which undertakes actual extractions of children caught in the web of human trafficking. Ballard, a former Department of Homeland Security Special Agent, leads a team of former CIA, Navy Seal and Special Ops operatives, who work with law enforcement around the world in rescuing young people being trafficked for sex work, pornography and illegal organ harvesting. Cardall is on the Board of Governors for O.U.R. 

This star-studded evening will include some remarks from Ballard and Cardall, a live performance from Tyler Reese (daughter of Travis Tritt) and a screening of the powerful documentary "Operation Toussaint" which follows Ballard and his team through the planning and execution of a raid on human traffickers. 

"As a governing board member of Operation Underground Railroad and as a member of the Nashville music community, I'm eager to introduce Tim Ballard to Tennessee," comments Cardall. "I want to introduce as many people as I can to the work we're doing and to inspire a movement that will liberate the 40 million people in slavery today. My family and friends in Nashville are some of the most giving people in the country. They don't just give - they take action, and that is why I believe it's important to inspire my neighbors to become involved. Tim is a visionary, and under his leadership we can make huge strides." 

Ballard adds, "According to a TBI report, of the runaways reported each year in Tennessee, about 1,000 are trafficked into some form of slavery and it doesn't discriminate. As a former DHS agent, I founded Operation Underground Railroad, which exists to rescue children in the sex-trade and arrest and prosecute traffickers. My organization is anxious to help Tennessee stop modern day Slavery in their jurisdiction." 

There will be a number of giveaways and photo opportunities with Ballard and Cardall prior to the screening. Tickets are available at http://www.franklintheatre.com. Photos and arrivals will begin at 6:30 pm. The event begins at 7:00 pm. 

Also on hand for the event will be country singer Craig Morgan as well as other prominent and influential Tenneseeans and celebrity attendees.

 

Pianist Paul Cardall shares songs, inspiring stories at Robinson Grand Saturday  

by Charles Young STAFF WRITER  |. Dec 8, 2018

CLARKSBURG — Pianist Paul Cardall delighted audience members at the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center Saturday evening with a concert benefiting local wellness organization Healthy Harrison. 

Cardall, who was born with a rare heart deformity and had to undergo a heart transplant, shared not only his music, but also his inspiring personal story of overcoming adversity. 

“The purpose of my music is to help enrich people’s lives,” he said. “It’s a resource to help people access emotions that aren’t always easy to access that allow us to re-evaluate our lives, where we are and think about things that really matter. There’s a God message in it, but everyone has different beliefs.”

Cardall compared his music to Step Three of Alcoholics Anonymous, which asks drinkers to “turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand Him.” 

“You want to use music as a tool to let go, so you can let that higher power enrich you and give you whatever you’re in need of,” he said. “It’s not a New Age thing. It’s very down to earth.” 

Cardall said he was excited to be in Clarksburg, and he commented on the beauty of the recently renovated Performing Arts Center. 

“This is an absolutely gorgeous theater,” he said. “I think it’s really extraordinary that the people have come together to renovate this place. I’m excited to be a part of this.” 

Cardall also marveled at the theater’s Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grand Piano. 

“This is one the nicest Steinways that I’ve been able to play,” he said. 

John Paul Nardelli, executive director of Healthy Harrison, said Saturday’s benefit concert was a major milestone for the organization.

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Review: Get into holiday spirit with these Christmas albums 

BY JOE TENNIS | TENNIS ANYONE?  Dec 16, 2018

Audrey Assad’s ethereal vocals sonically soar over Paul Cardall’s haunting “In the Bleak Midwinter.” 

The track comes from Cardall’s freshly released “Christmas,” an often moody yet elegant collection of piano- and string-laden songs. 

Cardall leads with “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and later moves through a spiritual standard, “O Come O Come Emmanuel,” that’s rich and frothy. 

It’s also the perfect lead to the more plaintive “Jesus, Once of Humble Birth.” 

The pianist sticks with spirituals for this set, one of the classiest collections available this holiday season.

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Pianist Paul Cardall to perform at Trump’s National Christmas Tree ceremony 

by Thomas Burr | Washington Correspondent

Washington • Noted Utah pianist Paul Cardall will join 11 other performers at the unveiling Wednesday of the National Christmas Tree near the White House. 

Cardall, who has just released his new album “Christmas,” will play a composition of “Silent Night” with the Army Blues, the premier jazz ensemble of the U.S. Army Band. 

“It’s a great tribute to Utah,” Cardall said Tuesday as he prepared for a practice on the Ellipse just south of the White House. “We have so much talent in Utah and so many of us are able to be on a national stage, and it’s really a good representation of all the talent that exists out there.”

Cardall, whose music ranges ranges from religious to New Age to classical, will perform in front of a large audience at the event where President Donald Trump is expected to speak. A recording of the lighting ceremony will air Sunday at 8 p.m. MST on Ovation TV and the Reelz Channel. 

The Utah musician will be joined by the band LOCASH, Spensha Baker, Gabby Barrett and Matthew West, among others. 

This year’s ceremony is the 96th event where presidents have gathered to throw on the lights to start the Christmas season. The main tree, which is permanently planted just outside the White House gates, is surrounded by 56 other smaller trees representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. 

Cardall says one the special parts of the event is that it’s sponsored by the National Park Service and is nonprofit, meaning it highlights the nation’s most idyllic vistas.

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Mr. Cardall goes to Washington: Utah pianist to play at National Christmas Tree Lighting 

By Court Mann @TheCourtMann 

Published: November 26, 2018 9:00 am Updated: Nov. 26, 2018 9:54 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Nashville was never on Paul Cardall’s radar. The classical crossover pianist, who grew up in Millcreek and stayed in Utah, thought of country and bluegrass when he thought of Nashville. It didn’t seem like the place for him. 

“But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s that it’s better to be led than to be driven to success,” Cardall said.

He and his family have lived in Nashville for two years now, after a road trip through the city prompted him and his wife to make the move. (They still keep a home in Draper.) Their experiences in Music City led to Cardall’s next big gig: performing at this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 28. 

For the event, now in its 96th year, Cardall will be joined by the U.S. Army Blues, a longtime blues brass band composed of U.S. Army members. They’ll perform a special rendition of “Silent Night” that Cardall arranged specifically for the show.

“This is a German piece, a classic from Franz Gruber, but this is very American-sounding,” he said. “I wrote it specifically for the Army band, but integrate my style and my sound. So it’s going to be fun.” 

The show comes on the heels of Cardall’s latest album, “Christmas,” which recently debuted on nine different Billboard charts. According to Cardall, “Christmas” was two years in the making. He enlisted Jim Daneker, a longtime composer and producer for Christian artist Michael W. Smith, to helm production duties. The result, Cardall said, is “not what I thought of two years ago. It’s so much more.” 

Cardall hopes “Christmas” will break him more fully into the Nashville market. Over the years he’s developed a robust following throughout the United States and abroad, “but the southern United States has always been a challenge, to get my music into the homes of these wonderful people that live here,” he said. “For whatever reason, I haven’t been able to reach into those homes.”

Not that Nashville only cares about country music.

“There is so much energy here, and it’s not just music,” he explained. “There is a surge of people coming to this city for many reasons. But it’s different from L.A. and it’s different from New York in the sense that there’s a hospitality here. And not everybody is from here. So if you can mentor somebody, you do. And so many people have come in and out of our lives here, it’s unbelievable.” 

He recently performed at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, which has been open since 1892 and housed the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974, with lauded gospel singer CeCe Winans. Cardall remembers that road trip to Nashville, when he and his wife felt they needed to move there. 

“And we weren’t exactly sure why,” he admitted. 

Now, it seems, Cardall is starting to find out.

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This year’s essential Christmas albums ranked 

By Randy Lewis  | Nov 23, 2018 | 3:00 AM

The spirit of inspiration runs stronger than usual through this year’s batch of new holiday music collections, with fresh melodies and lyrics in some of the best. Veteran country singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, Oklahoma recent arrival JD McPherson, the long-running Nashville, Tenn.-based genre-defying band the Mavericks and Texas’ barnstorming Old 97’s each have delivered Christmas albums built around inviting new songs that make them worthy additions to the favorites you might turn to year in and year out. Albums, listed alphabetically by artist, are ranked on a scale of one star (poor) to four stars (classic). Let the roundup begin:

*** Paul Cardall, “Christmas” (Stone Angel Music). The pianist, composer and arranger has long been a force in Christian music circles, which seems an ideal launching point into this Christmas album. His approach favors power, glory and elegance in the predominantly instrumental arrangements of tunes familiar and new. Three featured vocals come from guests CeCe Winans, Patrice Tipoki and Audrey Assad.

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'Paul is a true musical virtuoso': Ole signs pianist Paul Cardall 

by Andre Paine | November 22nd 2018 at 12:01PM

Ole has signed a worldwide recording and publishing deal with pianist and composer Paul Cardall. 

The independent music publishing and rights management company has acquired the full catalogue, including master recordings from Cardall's 22 albums and a further 12 albums on his Stone Angel Music label. The deal includes Cardall’s publishing and writer’s share on all compositions. 

The new recording agreement begins with Cardall’s festive album, Christmas. It features piano-based renditions of Silent Night, Joy To The World and O Holy Night, alongside vocal collaborations with Grammy winner CeCe Winans. 

“Even though Paul is world-class pianist, a gifted composer, and one of America’s most successful independent artists, he is also a brilliant business man who has surrounded himself with an incredible team to win," said Gilles Godard, Ole’s VP of corporate affairs and business development. "All of us at Ole are proud and privileged to have the opportunity to work with Paul and take his incredible success story to the next level." 

“Paul is a true musical virtuoso and we’re very pleased that Ole is the new home for his incredible body of work, as well as for the works of other talented artists signed to his Stone Angel Music label,” added Helen Murphy, Ole's CEO. 

“As an independent artist who has been blessed with a level of success, I had to learn strong principles and discipline inherent in my craft," said Cardall. "Those same principles make up the core values of Ole. It is in spirit of those principles, as well as a spirit of innovation, community, integrity, and a strong relationship with fans, that I join forces with Ole to light the world with music. 

PHOTO: (L-R) Attorney, Daniel Novick, Ole Senior VP of Finance & Administration , Chris Giansante, Ole CEO, Helen Murphy, Paul Cardall, Tina Cardall, Ole VP of Creative, John Ozier, Ole ’s VP of Corporate Affairs & Business Development, Gilles Godard

ole Signs Pianist/Composer Paul Cardall 

 

Jessica Nicholson • November 21, 2018

Pictured (L-R): Attorney Daniel Novick; ole Senior VP of Finance & Administration Chris Giansante; ole CEO Helen Murphy; Paul Cardall; Tina Cardall; ole VP of Creative John Ozier; ole’s VP of Corporate Affairs & Business Development Gilles Godard

Nashville-based pianist and composer Paul Cardall has signed an exclusive worldwide recording and publishing agreement with ole. Additionally, ole has acquired Cardall’s catalog, including master recordings from all 22 of Cardall’s previous albums, master recordings of 12 additional albums from Cardall’s label Stone Angel Music, as well as Cardall’s publishing and writer’s share on all compositions. 

To date, Cardall has earned six consecutive No. 1 albums on the Billboard New Age Albums chart. On Nov. 2, his holiday album Christmas debuted atop the New Age Albums chart. The project includes 13 piano-based holiday classics such as “Silent Night” and “O Holy Night,” as well as vocal collaborations with artists including CeCe Winans. Cardall will perform at the National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 28. 

“Even though Paul is a world class pianist, a gifted composer, and one of America’s most successful independent artists, Paul is also a brilliant business man who has surrounded himself with an incredible team to win. All of us at ole are proud and privileged to have the opportunity to work with Paul and take his incredible success story to the next level,” commented Gilles Godard, ole’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Business Development. 

“Paul is a true musical virtuoso and we’re very pleased that ole is the new home for his incredible body of work, as well as for the works of other talented artists signed to his Stone Angel Music label,” added Helen Murphy, ole’s Chief Executive Officer. 

“As an independent artist who has been blessed with a level of success, I had to learn strong principles and discipline inherent in my craft. Those same principles make up the core values of ole. It is in spirit of those principles, as well as a spirit of innovation, community, integrity, and a strong relationship with fans, that I join forces with ole to light the world with music. Whether we’re creating a ground breaking piano album, songwriting, producing or scoring films, my recordings and the existing Stone Angel Music catalogue, together with ole’s talented team of creatives, will continue to serve as a blessed resource for millions of people who use it as a tool to create an atmosphere of peace,” said Cardall.

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