Rebirth. New life. A new creation.
These words seem merely platitudes to some, but for internationally acclaimed composer and Steinway & Sons sponsored artist Paul Cardall, they are quite literally the reason he is alive. Cardall, a two time #1 Billboard charting pianist with 20 studio albums to his credit, is literally a living miracle.
In 2009, facing congenital heart disease, Cardall was given one year to live. But, as a result of a miraculous heart transplant, he survived, going on to release two #1 Billboard charting albums with seven other albums that previously debuted in the top 10 without any major label support.
Now, with his latest release, A NEW CREATION, Cardall explores a deeper level of spirituality, introducing lyrics and full orchestration into his catalogue for the first time. “Each song on this album is designed to invoke deep spiritual feelings,” Cardall notes. “The album represents a journey from innocence at birth, through the ensuing brokenness of the human condition, culminating in mankind’s ability to rise above that broken state to their full potential.”
While some lyrics employ specifically Christian themes, the music is targeted to a universal audience. Cardall’s music is enjoyed by fans in over 100 countries, where his music has received over 1 billion plays on streaming radio. “Regardless of their spiritual persuasion, listeners will feel a special connection to God through Paul’s new album,” notes album orchestral arranger Shane Mickelsen. “This music transcends languages and cultures to reach people at their deepest level of identity and yearning.”
A personal highlight for Cardall was composing the music for “One by One,” a song written with Elder David A. Bednar, one of the global, governing apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which Cardall is a member. Bednar, who penned the lyrics, has traveled to six continents during his decade of leadership, and the song reflects that appreciation for the unique challenges faced by individuals in each part of the world.
In addition to his recording career, Cardall founded Stone Angel Music in 1999, which has produced a catalogue of recordings whose mission is to create music a listener may use as a tool to access spiritual feelings. Artists include The Piano Guys' cellist Steven Sharp Nelson, pianist Jason Lyle Black, guitarist Ryan Tilby, and composer Ryan Stewart. Stone Angel Music artists have spent over 45 weeks on Billboard charts in just the past year.
In 2011, Utah State Board of Regents in the United States awarded Paul with an honorary doctorate because of his community service. Shortly after receiving a heart transplant in 2009, Paul established an endowment at Salt Lake Community College that awards annual scholarships for students affected by congenital heart disease. He volunteers as ann executive board member of the Saving tiny Hearts Society 501(c)3, which actively promotes and funds congenital heart disease medical research.
In addition to volunteer service related to healing hearts, Paul is an ordained lay-minister in his Christian faith and shares his story regularly to non-denominational congregations world-wide.
Paul is married to Kristina Ann. They enjoy two beautiful daughters.