Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Inspired by the mountains that overshadow my home in Utah each morning as the Sun rises from the east. I have performed Wasatch at several of my concerts. This particular performance is on a DVD available with my new album New Life.
Ive been fortunate to share the stage with many of these musicians; David Tolk, Jon Shults, Ryan Tilby, Craig Miner, Steven Sharp Nelson, Marshall McDonald, Kevin Davis, and more.
For more information visit my website http://www.paulcardall.com
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Today, the prestigious Billboard Magazine reported my new album, New Life, as the #1 new age album in the world. This really has nothing to do with me, but has everything to do with those of you who have supported me and purchased my music. It also has everything to do with Deseret Book and the amazing team of people associated with their company.
It’s become quite clear that if Shadow Mountain Records releases a classical or new age recording it will debut in the top 5 with names like Josh Groban, Yanni, Enya, John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, and much more. Deseret Book is quickly becoming one of the most respected forces in media, which can no longer be ignored. I am humbled and honored to be associated with all of you.
I want to thank everyone for helping us achieve this monumental accomplishment. This would never have happened without your support and loyalty. To Bob Ahlander and the Shadow Mountain team, you believed this would happen and you made it happen. I am grateful for your faith in my music and in its message of peace, love, and hope.
Again, thank you everyone for your hard work and unified efforts. Together, we have a #1 album.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Both Brighton High and Jordan High School students devoted two months to raising money and awareness for The Paul Cardall Family Foundation. Whether it was buying a faculty parking spot, heart cookies made by other students, or joining a "Call of Duty" video game tournament, students turned out in droves to help do what they can.
Needless, to say I was impressed and overwhelmed by their efforts. Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." It's quite obvious, the youth in my community are already leading by example.
Every single penny generously donated has the power to directly affect the lives of families associated with congenital heart disease. Our foundation, which my wife Lynnette and I started after I received a heart transplant and an overwhelming embrace of community support, has no paid employees and is devoted to provide education, fund research, and assist fellow organizations and individuals associated with congenital heart disease and other related congenital disorders. Funds acquired go directly to the following:
2. Public and private awareness and general education to help bring greater attention to congenital heart disease patients in an effort to prevent premature death, prolong the health and well-being of congenital patients.
3. Seed money for Federal grants associated with selective research projects making a difference in the lives of patients.
4. Financial aid to organized support groups dedicated to strengthening the emotional, mental, and spiritual lives of patients and families.
Again, our foundation greatly appreciates your support and all of the support students worked so hard to make a difference.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Therapists and some doctors suggest people should not make any major decisions until a year after experiencing a dramatizing event. I completely ignored this advice. Looking back, I never stopped moving. I made all sorts of decisions in an effort to shout out to the world my gratitude for life and how grateful we all should be for the time we have been allotted by a loving God.
I must admit, they may have been right because at times I do feel like life is out of control. Maybe that means I'm normal. Regardless, we all experience ups and downs.
I'm grateful for Carma Wadley of the Deseret News who wrote a beautiful piece that has helped me put my life into perspective. Whether the article inspired readers, I don't know. But it certainly has helped me focus much deeper on why I do what I do. Who needs a therapist to explain your life to you when you have a wonderful journalist like Carma?
Benefit celebrates musician's 'New Life'
By Carma Wadley
It's not just about the heart — the one he was never sure he would get in time — although, that, certainly, is part of it.
But it's also about knowing that someone else had to die so that he could live.
It's about learning to live in a world without a beloved brother, who was killed in a tragic incident. It's about learning more of the depth of character and faith of his wife and family.
It's about being able to go hiking and camping and to Disneyland. It's about developing a deeper relationship with a kind and loving Father in Heaven.
It's about burdens of grief and guilt, but also about the lift of unspeakable hope and joy.
In short, it's about finding a new life.
"There have been so many emotions," Paul Cardall says of the 16-month journey since he received a heart transplant.
As a musician and composer, it is natural that he expresses those emotions through music, which he has done in a new CD, "New Life" (Shadow Mountain Music).
But he also found that it didn't come easy. In all the time he spent in the hospital, Cardall only wrote one song. He would go out to the piano in the lobby in Primary Children's Medical Center every night, but he would find himself playing the same song over and over, a song he called "New Life."
"For me" he says, "music, opens a conduit to heaven and provides my soul with strength and peace. That's what 'New Life' did for me."
After the transplant came through and recovery was assured, there was a benefit "Celebration of Life" concert to put together, and then a book, "Before My Heart Stops Beating" to finish up. There were hikes to go on and activities to plan of things that had not been possible before. There were trips around the country to speak at hospitals and to young patients suffering from congenital heart disease, the nation's number one birth defect.
But there was little new music.
"I would sit at the piano, but I would feel like I wasn't ready. I couldn't write anything new."
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Tickets can be purchased through Smithstix.com and will also be available the night of the show at Cottonwood High School at face value.
Events begin at 6:30 pm with the silent auction.
Some of the fun items include;
A Full Tuition Waiver to attend Salt Lake Community College
(beginning bid at $750)
Watch Booze Looze in Chicago: JAZZ vs. BULLS
Bid on this round trip ticket for you and a friend to enjoy two nights at the Hyatt Regency in the HEART of Chicago, and 6th row tickets in the Bulls Arena (March 11-13th)
Autographed UTAH JAZZ BALL
VIP Suite for 14 on Feb. 15th
Utah Golf Championship
and much more
DRESS UPS GALORE!
and much more
The Heart of the Master Original Art
In Between Seasons Original Art
and much more
The Paul Cardall Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to spreading public awareness, provide education, fund research, and assist fellow organizations and individuals associated with congenital heart disease and other related congenital disorders.
NO PAID EMPLOYEES
100% Volunteer Service
100% of all public & private donations directly benefit families and organizations associated with Congenital Heart Disease and other related disorders.FUNDS DONATED PRODUCE:
- Public and private awareness and general education to help bring greater attention to congenital heart disease patients in an effort to prevent premature death, prolong the health and well-being of congenital patients.
- Selective research projects making a difference in the lives of patients.
- Financial aid to organized support groups dedicated to strengthening the emotional, mental, and spiritual lives of patients and families.
Approved by the United States Department of The Treasury and Internal Revenue Service. Public and Private Contributions to the Foundation are deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Now available on the Iphone is the official Paul Cardall app offering exclusive free videos, a large collection of sheet music (you don't have to buy the sheet music, it's on there), events shedule in your hand, and much much more!
Download the FREE Iphone App
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
In this world there are those who act and those who are acted upon. To act is to do something productive with your life. These kinds of people have goals and vision. They lead, guide, and inspire others to act for themselves. People acted upon usually follow the ways of the world and probably feel empty inside. During last evening’s priceless concert event those who act surrounded me.
Photo: An empty Abravanel Hall during set up hours
This was my first public concert since my heart transplant five months ago, and I believe for almost two years.
It was an overwhelming and emotional experience for me. To be backstage and walk out onto a beautifully lit stage with my full ensemble while 2700 people stood to applaud was overwhelming.
The sold out crowd, which consisted of those in my community and folks who flew in from all over the nation, were not applauding me... They were applauding God and what he has done through a team of gifted medical professionals by preserving my life.
Photo: My wife Lynnette helping out daughter Eden get ready for the show
What affected me so deeply was knowing how many selfless people came together to successfully put on an event of this magnitude in less than 5 months.
From my close friend and show producer Jeremy Baron to my sister Carol Burgoyne who was our auction chairperson, these people helped me achieve a goal of bringing awareness to congenital heart disease and begin raising money to provide for my foundation, which is fueling an annual scholarship for those affected by the chronic illness.
A few days after my transplant with a dozen tubes running in and out of my body Jeremy visited me in the pediatric intensive care and suggested we do a celebrate life concert. He had a vision and I said, “Run with it.” He booked the finest venue in our Salt Lake valley and began contacting a talented stage crew from Cole Adams, who designed our lighting, Will Davies who ran the video, Joe Anderson who provided our sound, to Robin Saville of brideaccess.com who filmed the show. We also recorded the concert with the help of Rob Duffin and Giles Reaves from Annex Studios.
While Jeremy was prepping the production, my sister Carol Burgoyne headed the auction and gathered together a wonderful committee. Each member worked very hard to gather items for the auction and as word spread various businesses donated items to help us raise the money for our foundation.
My “Living for Eden” album producer Ryan Tilby began gathering a band together while Steve Nelson arranged strings for the show. All eleven musicians were a joy to work with and we joked that fitting them into my home to rehearse, with all of the gear involved, was truly like fitting a bunch of clowns into a car.
Photo: The Lobby
So much was orchestrated behind the scenes. When the day finally arrived I was nervous and overwhelmed by all that was involved.
The morning of the show I was dumbfounded to find Mike Willmore and his two boys Andrew & Joey, who spent the past Summer mowing my lawn, working once more together to help load in and set up all of the gear. In addition, my brother David and Craig were up early helping. They’ve always worked very hard and are extremely successful in their own lives.
Needless to say, the performance was exciting. I had a lot of fun. I hope everyone had a wonderful time and preserved a memory in their heart.
After I played my last tune, "Gracie’s Theme” my emotions ran sky high when my daughter Eden ran out to me followed by my beautiful wife. It was a priceless moment words can’t describe.
During the show another miracle occurred. It was a quiet miracle and a gift from our loving God. While performing my tune Sweet Escape I finally experienced some closure with the death of my brother Brian. Behind me on the screen was real footage of Brian’s visit to Peru with Anna on their honeymoon. The video ends with his infectious smile while he shuts off his camcorder. Later, after the show had ended and people flooded the backstage, I saw his beautiful widow Anna smiling and in that moment my overwhelming grief left me.
As the crowd emptied the hall, I was fortunate to interact with several wonderful people from all over the country backstage.
Photo: A Sold Out crowd
A touching moment for me came when I met several families who've been deeply affected this past year by congenital heart disease. From the families who've lost children to an individual who has survived CHD and has a child with a tumor. I was speechless for most of the interaction because I don't know how to help or what to say to alleviate their challenges. Needless, to say I was deeply affected by meeting such incredible souls. And because of the contributions of so many we will be able to send a modest financial donation to a several families.
(And a reminder the scholarship fund for those affected by CHD has an extended deadline to May 3rd - We'll announce the recipient on this blog).
I can’t express my gratitude for a priceless evening. I remember many years ago playing in the Roof Restaurant at the top of the Joseph Smith Building in downtown Salt Lake City. From my piano I could see Abravanel Hall and quietly dream that someday I would perform there. Last night, was someday!