Paul Cardall

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Paul Cardall
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Cardall in 2014
Background information
Birth name Paul Layton Cardall
Born (1973-04-24) April 24, 1973 (age 42)
Genres New Age, Classical, Christian
Occupation(s) Pianist, Film Composer, Music Producer, Independent Record Label Founder
Instruments Piano
Years active 1996–present
Labels Stone Angel Music

Paul Layton Cardall (born April 24, 1973) is an American pianist known for his original compositions and arrangements of various hymns. His music is frequently categorized as New Age, Classical, and Religious.

Early life[edit]

Cardall was born April 24, 1973. Suffering from a congenital heart defect, he was given only days to live, but defied medical expectations, enduring a series of surgeries and illnesses throughout his childhood. Finding comfort in music, Cardall began piano lessons at age eight, but quit six months later, frustrated with the practice routines. He did not play again for a decade. While in high school however, tragedy struck when one of his best friends was killed in a car accident. A grieving Cardall spontaneously composed a musical tribute, going on to write a dozen more songs and in 1995 privately pressed an album titled, "Sign of Affection".


While continuing to develop his composing skills, Cardall took jobs playing the piano at Nordstrom and The Roof Restaurant (atop the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City). His public performances led to Cardall recording his first album entitled Sign of Affection in 1995. A copy of this home-pressed album made its way to author Richard Paul Evans, writer of The Christmas Box. Evans invited Cardall to create a musical adaptation of the book.

Since then Cardall has partnered with Narada, a division of Virgin Records, to re-release The Christmas Box. He also debuted a new album entitled The Looking Glass. In December 1999 both records were listed on Billboard's Top 25 New Age Charts.[1] During his association with The Christmas Box, families of victims in the Oklahoma City bombing requested the music be played during the memorial ceremonies as families placed flowers on the empty chairs representing their lost loved ones.

During the year 2002, Cardall recorded two albums, Daily Devotions and Miracles: A Journey of Hope and Healing. Miracles has spent more time on New Age Voice's Top 100 radio charts than any other song in 2002.[citation needed] The song "Driving North" debuted at #3 on's Smooth Jazz Top 200 MP3 charts.[citation needed] Wind and Wire magazine gave his 2003 release, Faithful, the #2 spot of best contemporary instrumental albums of 2003.[citation needed]

In September 2005 Cardall released a new CD called Primary Worship, inspired by the innocence and spiritual development of childhood. The album debuted at #12 on the Billboard Magazine Top 25 New Age Chart, spending 11 weeks on that chart.[citation needed] Cardall founded independent label Stone Angel Music which produces, markets, and distributes not only his catalogue of recordings but recently signed cellist Steven Sharp Nelson whose debut album, Sacred Cello, debuted at #18 on Billboard's Classical Chart in September 2006.[2]

Cardall also appears on two compilation albums, 20 Years of Narada Piano and Piano Portraits (Excel Entertainment Group.)

Influences and Music[edit]

[3] Cardall’s early compositions are influenced by pianists David Lanz and Yanni. Their influence gave him the building blocks he needed to create his own, much like an author who reflects ideas from other novels and fairytales. Eventually, Cardall stopped listening to other pianist all together because of the distraction. Rather, Cardall receives inspirations in a “variety of music from rock, country, classical, film scores.”[4]


Cardall’s album “New Life” (2011), notably debuted as the number one Billboard New Age album in February 2011.[5] “New Life” held its high rank in the top 5 albums for more than 30 weeks.[6]

Cardall’s memoir Before My Heart Stops was published by Shadow Mountain shortly after the pianist received a heart transplant.[7]

Charitable Activities[edit]

The Paul Cardall Family Foundation is a non-profit organization for patients and families who are struggling with congenital heart disease. The organizations purpose is to support being pro-active with healthcare and celebrating life by pursuing a further education. The Paul Cardall Scholarship was established with the help from Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), for students with congenital heart disease.[8]

Paul Cardall has performed at benefit concerts for individuals like himself, who are fighting for their chance to receive a heart transplant. The beginning of summer 2014, Paul Cardall performed locally in Salt Lake City for a young boy who suffered from heart illness, like Cardall.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Cardall attended Salt Lake Community College in Utah and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.[10]

Cardall has been living with congenital heart disease for over thirty years. He was born with only a single functioning ventricle or half-heart. In August 2008, with his heart failure, Cardall was listed for a heart transplant. After waiting 385 days, he received a donated heart via transplant on September 9, 2009.[11][12]

Cardall is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[13]


Year Album Title Billboard Top New Age Albums Top Heatseekers Top Independent Albums Top Christian Albums
1997 The Christmas Box 23
1997 Hymns: Piano Solos
1999 Looking Glass
2000 Hymns II: Piano Solos
2001 Miracles: A Journey of Hope and Healing
2002 Daily Devotions
2003 Faithful
2003 Live
2004 Christmas Hymns, Vol.1
2005 Primary Worship 12
2006 Piano Portraits(Excel Entertainment)
2007 Songs of Praise
2008 Living for Eden
2008 The Hymns Collection 4
2009 Sacred Piano 5
2011 New Life 1 3 28
2013 Ephraim's Rescue
2014 Saving Tiny Hearts 9
2015 40 Hymns for Forty Days 1 17 28


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