Paul Cardall considers himself a new age pianist, but his work transcends that nomer. His says that his albums have been autobiographical, each set of music choices reflecting a period of his life. Paul is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon or LDS Church.
His first big breakthrough came with a CD of music inspired by "The Christmas Box" book and movie. But he's done solo piano, vocals, orchestral pieces, jazz, pop, LDS hymns and Christian rock.
A recent CD of LDS hymns actually went to No. 4 on the Billboard New Age charts, he says. "It's probably the first time 'Joseph Smith's First Prayer' hit the Billboard charts. A lot of my fans didn't know exactly what they were getting, but they just liked the music."
Paul's recent release is a two-disc set, titled "Living for Eden." He considers this CD his most personal. For one thing, Eden is the name of his daughter. For another, music is his Eden-place; the way he finds his own peace and comfort.
Paul was born with a congenital heart defect and was not expected to survive infancy. At age 36 in 2009, he was on the waiting list for a transplant, growing ever weaker. He received his transplant in September, 2009, and even received a visit from the M.D. who attended him as an infant. This very great challenge, plus the normal vicissitudes of life, have made music his refuge (Deseret News). Cardall considers himself the recipient of miracles. (Read about this by clicking here.)
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