You Raise Me Up
|"You Raise Me Up"|
|Song by Secret Garden from the album Once in a Red Moon|
|Released||26 March 2002|
|Writer||Brendan Graham (lyricist)
Rolf Løvland (composer)
|Once in a Red Moon track listing|
"You Raise Me Up" is a song that was originally composed by the duo, Secret Garden. The music was written by Secret Garden's Rolf Løvland and the lyrics by Brendan Graham. After the song was performed early in 2003 by the Secret Garden and their invited lead singer, Brian Kennedy, the song only became a minor UK hit. The song has been recorded by more than a hundred other artists including Josh Groban, who popularized the song in 2004; his rendition became a hit in the United States. The Irish band Westlife then popularized the song in the United Kingdom two years later. "You Raise Me Up" is sung as a contemporary hymn in church services.
The song was originally written as an instrumental piece and titled "Silent Story." Parts (most many musicologists would claim) of the melody are based on a traditional Irish tune (especially the opening phrase of its chorus), the Londonderry Air, which is best known as the usual tune to the 1910 song Danny Boy. Løvland approached Irish novelist and songwriter Brendan Graham to write the lyrics to his melody after reading Graham's novels.
The song was written by and for Løvland himself and performed for the very first time at the funeral of Løvland's mother. Here he noted “there's something about the song people are embracing - which becomes emotionally strong. [...] I believe people think of it as a song they use for their own stuff.”.
In 2002 it was released on the Secret Garden album Once in a Red Moon, with the vocals sung by Irish singer Brian Kennedy, and sold well in both Ireland and Norway. Originally, Brian Kennedy was supposed to follow Secret Garden on their Asian tour in 2002, but fell ill, and could not attend. He was replaced by Norwegian singer Jan Werner Danielsen, who also later recorded the song together with Secret Garden. A demo version of this recording was released in 2010, on Danielsen's posthumous compilation album One More Time - The Very Best Of, which included several previously unpublished recordings.
Although the original version did not chart internationally, the song has now been covered more than 125 times, with the most successful covers being by Josh Groban (#73 in the US and #1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart), Westlife (#1 in the UK), Daniel O'Donnell (#22 in the UK) and Dutch Popstars winner Wesley Klein (#4 in the Netherlands). The song has also found success as part of a three-song EP entitled "George Best - A Tribute" by Peter Corry and the song's original vocalist Brian Kennedy, which reached #4 in the UK.
In 2004, the song was played more than 500,000 times on American radio. In late 2005, there were over 80 versions available in USA alone, and it has become nominated for Gospel Music Awards four times, including "Song of the Year."
Josh Groban version
|"You Raise Me Up"|
|Single by Josh Groban|
|from the album Closer|
|Released||September 10, 2004|
Warner Bros. Records
|Josh Groban singles chronology|
In 2003, David Foster decided to produce the song after being introduced to it by Frank Petrone of peermusic, the song's publisher. He chose the up-and-coming Josh Groban to record the song, which was accompanied by the great tenor Craig Von Vennik of the Establishment. Groban's version made it to #1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart in early 2004 and remained there for six weeks. This version also peaked at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100, his first single to do so, and was nominated for a 2005 Grammy award.
Groban performed the song at Super Bowl XXXVIII, in a special NASA commemoration for the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. A special surprise performance by Groban, for Oprah Winfrey's 50th birthday, also gave "You Raise Me Up" massive international prominence. On April 25, 2007, Groban also performed it at the first Idol Gives Back Concert, along with the African Children's Choir. This version was released as a single and peaked at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100. He performed this version with the African Children's Choir again on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on August 10, 2007.
On May 26, 2007, Josh Groban appeared on BBC's talent show Any Dream Will Do to select one of the remaining contestants (or "Josephs") to perform the song with him. He chose show favourite and eventual winner Lee Mead, whilst the other four contestants (Lewis Bradley, Craig Chalmers, Ben Ellis, and Keith Jack) performed as backing singers. Following this, the solo version of "You Raise Me Up" charted in the UK at #74, making it his first chart entry there.
On July 23rd, 2013, Branden James performed this song on America's Got Talent. He received a standing ovation, and even brought Heidi Klum to tears. He then moved on to the semi finals, to be aired later.
|Chart (solo version)||Peak
|Austrian Singles Chart (2008)||54|
|Danish Singles Chart (2009)||26|
|French Singles Chart (2012)||16|
|Swiss Singles Chart (2008)||54|
|US Billboard Hot 100 (2004)||73|
|US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks (2004)||1|
|UK Singles Chart (2007)||74|
|Chart (2007 version with African Children's Choir)||Peak
|US Billboard Hot 100||76|
"Forever and for Always" by Shania Twain
"The First Cut Is the Deepest" by Sheryl Crow
|Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single (Josh Groban version)
March 13 - April 3, 2004
April 17–24, 2004
"The First Cut Is the Deepest" by Sheryl Crow
|"You Raise Me Up"|
|Single by Westlife|
|from the album Face to Face|
|Released||October 24, 2005|
|Recorded||Rokstone Studios, London 2004|
|Westlife singles chronology|
"You Raise Me Up" was the lead single from Westlife's fifth studio album, Face To Face. This version is one of the most successful covers of the song, peaking at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, the only version to do so. This was the band's 13th number-one single as well as the first single to be released following the departure of Brian McFadden from the group. The single sold 540,000 copies on UK so far. Westlife performed this song with Secret Garden at the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize concert. On December 11, 2009, they performed it again at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize concert celebrating US President Barack Obama. When Louis Walsh suggested the band to record it the members Filan Egan Byrne and Feehily were against it saying it was a church song and wouldn't be a success. They also said they didn't want to record it. However they since claimed in 2011 that the song changed their careers.
Tours performed at
- Face To Face Tour (2006)
- The Love Tour (2007)
- Back Home Tour (2008)
- Where We Are Tour (2010)
- Gravity Tour (2011)
- The Farewell Tour (2012)
- UK CD1
- "You Raise Me Up" – 4:00
- "World Of Our Own" (Acoustic Version) – 3:30
- UK CD2
- "You Raise Me Up" – 4:00
- "Flying Without Wings" (Acoustic Version) – 3:30
- "My Love" (Acoustic Version) – 3:48
|Australian Singles Chart||3|
|Austrian Singles Chart||46|
|Dutch Singles Chart||47|
|Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)||4|
|German Singles Chart||11|
|Irish Singles Chart||1|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||3|
|Swedish Singles Chart||7|
|Swiss Singles Chart||18|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|Irish Singles Chart||1|
|UK Singles Chart||9|
|Australian Singles Chart||14|
"Push the Button" by the Sugababes
|Irish Singles Chart number-one single (Westlife version)
October 27, 2005–December 1, 2005
"My Humps" by The Black Eyed Peas
"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" by Arctic Monkeys
|UK Singles Chart number-one single (Westlife version)
30 October 2005–5 November 2005
"Hung Up" by Madonna
|"You Raise Me Up"|
|Single by Wesley|
|from the album Vandaag en morgen|
|Released||February 4, 2010|
|Wesley singles chronology|
On the second season of Popstars in the Netherlands, "You Raise Me Up" was recorded by each of the four finalists - Kim Stolker, Kristel Roulaux, Joshua Newton and Wesley Klein. When Klein won, his version was released as a single in the Netherlands under the mononym Wesley, peaking at #4 in the Dutch Top 40 and staying in the charts for eleven weeks, making it the first version of the song to reach the top 10 in the Netherlands. The song was subsequently released as the final track on his debut album Vandaag en morgen (meaning Today and Tomorrow in Dutch).
|Dutch Top 40||4|
- British singer Becky Taylor covered the song on her second album Shine (1 July 2003), released before Josh Groban's version.
- The song was recorded by Daniel O'Donnell in 2003 and was a hit throughout Ireland and the UK, charting at #22 in the UK.
- A version by Christian group Selah (with both verses included, as originally written) went to #1 on Billboard's Christian charts and was included on their 2004 album Hiding Place. This recording was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2005 Dove Awards.
- Brian Kennedy re-released the single after performing it at legendary Northern Irish football player George Best's funeral on 3 December 2005. The song charted in the UK at #4 in January 2006 (as part of a three-song EP entitled "George Best — A Tribute").
- The song has also been released by Aled Jones, Ronan Tynan, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Russell Watson, Javier Fontana, Selah, Celtic Woman, David Tibenovski, Tommy Fleming, Michael Ball, and the Celtic Tenors with Samantha Mumba, this time with an R&B flow to it.
- Åsa Jinder has written lyrics in Swedish, "Rör vid min själ," and that version has been recorded by Sanna Nielsen.
- The song was also recorded by Daniel Beck, a Mormon musician. The song was used for EFY's 2007 CD Power in Purity.
- Lisa Kelly recorded a solo version for the album Celtic Woman.
- On November 10, 2007 the song was performed live in series 4 of UK show, The X Factor by contestant, Rhydian Roberts. The performance received highly positive praise from all four judges, Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue. Five weeks later, on December 15, 2007, Rhydian Roberts performed the song on The X Factor with Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins.
- Paul Potts and Il Divo separately recorded a Spanish version of this song called Por Ti Seré. This loosely translated version appears on Pott's One Chance album and Il Divo's Siempre.
- On May 10, 2008, Austin Blackburn performed the song as part of his Britain's Got Talent audition using a common hardware saw as his instrument of choice.
- On May 6, 2008, Manu Castellano performed the Spanish version ("Por Ti Seré") in Operación Triunfo
- Connie Talbot included "You Raise Me Up" on her re-released album Over the Rainbow (16 June 2008). Talbot also included "You Raise Me Up" as the second track on her two singles "Three Little Birds" (20 June 2008) and "I Will Always Love You" (15 June 2009).
- In July 2008, Donald Braswell II was auditioning for the third season of America's Got Talent, and at first didn't please anyone, but after halfway through the song, the whole crowd cheered as he finished the song.
- On September 2, 2008, Tom WIlliams performed the song on Australian Idol in the Top 24
- On September 27, 2008, Korean Idol group TVXQ performed the song with blind pianist Ye-Eun on SBS Chocolate.
- On October 19, 2008, the song was performed by later winner Freek Bartels in the semi-finals of 'Op zoek naar Joseph' (the Dutch version of BBC's talent show Any Dream Will Do).
- On November 16, 2008, the song  was performed by Michael Hirte from Potsdam in the show "Das Supertalent" (the German version of "America's Got Talent") using his harmonica. This version charted in Switzerland at #76.Chart performance for Michael Hirte version
- On November 22, 2008, Ola Onabule performed it together with the Royal Philharmonic Ensemble (conducted by David Eaton) and the Vienna Peace Choir at the Global Peace Festival in Excel Centre, London  
- On December 9, 2008 Ysgol Glanaethwy,runners up in the BBC's Last Choir Standing, released a CD, O Fortuna, which had a Welsh vesrion of You Raise Me Up 'Dyrchefir Fi'.
- On March 28, 2008, runner-up, Laura, performed the song live in the final of the Danish X Factor.
- On April 21, 2009, Celtic Woman performed "You Raise Me Up" on the popular American TV show Dancing with the Stars.
- On May 2, 2009, David Foster protegée Charice released a rendition of "You Raise Me Up" for a Mother's Day album. This song was produced by Star Records of the Philippines.
- Also on May 2, 2009, South Korean legendary boy band SHINHWA's lead vocalist Shin Hye Sung successfully performed You Raise Me Up towards the end of his concert during the 2009 Keep Leaves Tour in Seoul. The performance was featured in his DVD of the concert, which was released in the same year, as the 20th track.
- On May 9, 2009, Transmontuna (Tuna Universitária de Trás-os-Montes e Alto-Douro )performed "Por ti seré" , the Spanish version of "You raise me up" together with an Orchestra that joined teachers and students from the Conservatório Regional de Musica de Vila Real, conducted by maestro Vasco Sousa. Luis Rocha, Gaiato, the soloist of this cover, was considered the best voice that ever stood on Vila Real's Theatre stage.
- On May 9, 2009, Girls' Generation member Jessica and solo artist Lena Park performed "You Raise Me Up" at the Korea Times Music Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in LA.
- On August 3, 2009, Rhap Salazar rendered the song at the necrological service of former Philippine President Corazon Aquino
- Paul Byrom of Celtic Thunder, produced by the producer of Celtic Woman, recorded a cover in spring 2009.
- The song was also covered in Japanese by Korean-American singer Lena Park as the opening theme to the Japanese anime TV series Romeo x Juliet, which premiered in Japan on April 2007. Park also covered an English version of the song, which was featured in episodes 7 and 24 of the English version of the series, released in two sets in both June and August 2009.
- Australian duo Generation Gap recorded the song (complete with both verses) for their album, A New Beginning, which was released in December 2009.
- German musical actor Andreas Bieber sang the song as a duet with international star Pia Douwes on his album No Frontiers.
- In September 2008, Jewish pop star, Yaakov Shwekey covered the song with some minor changes to the lyrics, so as to be acceptable by the orthodox population.
- In 2010, fans of Colchester United FC began to adopt the song as an anthem to be performed in traditional choral style on matchdays while travelling on public transport, on the terraces at away matches and to the delight of the locals in pubs up and down the land.
- In January 2010, a Tahitian adaptation by Ronny TERIIPAIA, titled " E AO MÄ'OHI" ( It's a mä'ohi (Polynesian) world by COJT (Committee of young people of The Tävini Huira'atira political party led by Mr Oscar TEMARU whose goal is the independence of French Polynesia) was released.
- On February 17, 2010, this song was performed by Korean girl group Brown Eyed Girls to commemorate the return of the nation's popular Mnet Countdown 2010. It is also to perform for the survivors of the Haiti Earthquake.
- On February 18, 2010, this song was again performed by Korean artistes on the KBS Music Bank, ranging from Jokwon of 2AM, Kim Jong Kook, Taeyeon and Jessica of Girls' Generation, Jang Hee Young, Ming Kyung Hoon and Jung Yonghwa of CN.Blue. It is also to perform for the survivors of the Haiti Earthquake.
- On June 8, 2010, the song was used in a mash-up with Olivia Newton-John's "Magic" on the season 1 finale of Glee.
- In 2010, the German singer Helene Fischer performed the song on her "So wie ich bin"-tour.
- A Finnish version of the song was recorded by Kari Tapio titled "Kuin taivaisiin".
- Japanese voice actress Ayahi Takagaki covered the song in her cover album, "melodia". The track itself is firstly included in her single, "Kimi ga Iru Basho" as the secondary coupling song.
- In August 2010, cantopop singer Mimi Lo recorded a Cantonese version of the song for her compilation album, Very Meaningful.
- Sony Australia has included a version by Australian singer Mark Vincent on the new album "Flood Relief - Artists For The Flood Appeal". The album was recorded to raise much needed funds for the victims of the devastating floods in Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
- For the semi-finals of K-Pop Star in Korea, Park Jimin covered this song.
- On 2011, the Catalan singer Sergio Dalma has sung a Catalan version titled Em dones força (You give me force) with the boys' choir of the Escolania de Montserrat for the Marató de TV3, a telethon broadcast every year by Televisió de Catalunya.
- In January 2011 Real Radio Scotland DJ Steve McKenna did a cover of the song for Help for Heroes.
- An arrangement by Louis-Amik Lalonde was produced for the 19th Annual Indspire/National Aboriginal Achievement Awards , held in Vancouver February 24, 2012 and broadcast nationally (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Global Television Canada). Introduced by hosts Theoren Fleury and Carmen Moore: an all-star performance by (in order of appearance) Noelle Maracle, Andrea Menard, Jani Lauzon, Rita Coolidge, Sandy Scofield, Fara Palmer, Inez Jasper, Leela Gilday.
- On 17 August 2012 an arrangement was performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the 85th birthday celebration of Thomas S. Monson in the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- On September 30, 2013, Filipina Invasion, Jolina Magdangal sung this version in Filipino as "Nassang da Ong" for her upcoming album, scheduled to be released on March 2014.
Use in popular culture
- In 2004, Australian Idol Top 12 contestant Daniel Belle sang the song for his "Pop" song selection, and it has become one of the most performed songs on similar shows across the world.
- RTE (Ireland's national television station), screened a Roy Esmonde-produced documentary titled You Raise Me Up on New Year's Day 2006. First screened a year earlier, this updated edition included the most recent successes for the song, as well as the story of how the song first came to be written by Løvland and Graham.
- Shizuka Arakawa, the 2006 Olympic gold medalist in figure skating, used the piece as an exhibition number for many shows and professional competitions from 2005–2010. Michelle Kwan skated to the song during the 2004 Champion on Ice Tour and other competitions in 2005. Caroline Zhang skated this song in her exhibitions in the 2006–2007 and 2007–2008 skating season.
- On May 8, 2007, the song was played at the historic opening of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
- On July 26, 2007, the song was performed on 6th International Competition of Young Singers of Popular Music the "New Wave" (Jūrmala, Latvia) by Andris Ērglis representing Latvia on this contest. Song accompaniment recorded by Swedish producers from "Sunday Music" for Latvian music company "Microphone Records".
- On February 18, 2008, You Raise Me Up was released as the title of an album with '40 uplifting songs' including Elton John, Russell Watson, Girls Aloud, and Shane Hampsheir.
- On March 27–29, 2009, The Australian Foster Care Conference in Fremantle, Western Australia used the title of the song "You Raise Me Up" as the Conference Theme and the song lyrics were posted on their website. "'Raise me up' in the context of foster care carries the dual meaning of 'raising, bringing up or growing up - the foster child', and in doing so 'lifting them up' high and giving them the opportunity to achieve great things.
- The song is very briefly covered by the cast of Glee in the episode "Journey to Regionals" as a mash-up with Olivia Newton-John's "Magic".
- On July 23, 2010, the song was used as background for the announcement of the winners of the "Time of My Life" duet winners on Big Brother Ten as part of the series' two day Glee themed task.
- The song is played on a car radio during a sequence in the 2012 film Fun Size.
- The song was translated into Japanese by Korean-American singer Lena Park and this version was used as the opening song of the Anime Romeo X Juliet.
- I.K. Start, a Norwegian football club, uses this song as a club anthem.
- X Factor judge Simon Cowell has named "You Raise Me Up" one of his favourite songs.
- Recently, the song got played in the bus radio for The 465 CT Transit driver, a Hamden, Connecticut-based Pop/New Age Artist during The 465 CT Transit driver's upcoming 1st instrumental debut album, The Bridge promotional advertisement.
- In the show Big School, Mr Martin (Daniel Rigby), along with the school choir, sang "You Raise Me Up" for Ms Postern's (Catherine Tate) charity talent show. This was Episode 2 of the show.
- Thorne, Roger. "You Raise Me Up Info". Thornesmusic.freeserve.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- Lyrics by Secret Garden
- "Løvland feirer at "You Raise Me Up" er ti år" (in Norwegian). VG. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
- "Lydverket - Følelser" (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
- http://www.peermusic.com/peermusic/index.cfm/artist-writer/artist-details/?artist_id=351, paragraph 5
- Internet Archive Wayback Machine
- Combined chart performance for both Groban versions
- Wesley chart performance
- HMV Hong Kong's product page on Very Meaningful Retrieved on September 1, 2010
- Performance video on TVC