Internationally acclaimed pianist, producer and film composer Paul Cardall is known for his unique, heartfelt musical style. Indeed, his fans say Cardall’s music literally soothes the heart and nurtures the soul.
Such descriptions are ironically appropriate since the artist was born with essentially half a functioning heart. That life-threatening congenital defect, as well as a series of difficult surgeries and heart-related illnesses, has shaped Cardall’s musical style and inspired his dozens of popular melodic compositions and arrangements.
Notably, his 13th studio album, titled New Life, debuted as the No. 1 Billboard New Age album in February 2011 and held a position in the top five for more than 30 weeks. Radio stations reporting to Reviews New Age recognized New Life as the best album of 2011. Music critic Michael Debbage wrote, “There is no filler on this brilliant album that has even surpassed Yanni and Enya on the Billboard New Age Chart, hitting No. 1 without any major label support or media attention — amazing!”
The aptly named album was Cardall’s first recording after undergoing a lifesaving heart transplant in September 2009. It was during the 385 days of waiting on the organ donation list that a hospitalized Cardall turned to blogging as a means of maintaining perspective while facing death and sharing his experience with family and friends. More than a million people followed the blog and now own one of his albums.
Cardall believes his music “has the power to heal and inspire others.” Indeed, audiences who attend a Paul Cardall concert or speech typically come away feeling more alive and grateful for all that is good in this beautiful yet often chaotic world. One well-known fan, Fox News anchor Bret Baier, who has a son with a similar congenital heart defect, has said, “Paul inspires me and my family. He exudes optimism.”
In addition to his music, Cardall actively promotes various causes involving congenital heart disease and speaks out about what has been described as the nation’s
No. 1 birth defect. He created an endowment at Salt Lake Community College that funds scholarships for students born with congenital heart disease.
Among other things, Cardall founded his own record label, Stone Angel Music, and owns a prestigious recording studio in Salt Lake City. His long list of awards and recognitions includes an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Utah State Board of Regents.