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GUEST,Eric Lyr Add: You Raise Me Up (B Graham, R Lovland) (14) RE: who sings in their song You lift me up, 26 Jan 06

Could it be You raise me up? I was asked about this a few weeks ago by a niece [was it a hymn or had somebody written it?]. She played me a version by Westlife but I had never heard it before so had to do a search - this is what I found:
"You Raise Me Up" is a popular song in the inspirational mold, written by Brendan Graham (lyrics) and Secret Garden's Rolf Løvland (melody). The song has now been recorded more than 125 times around the world in different languages. Løvland approached Graham to write the lyrics to his melody, after reading songwriter Graham's epic first novel - The Whitest Flower(Harper Collins)

The song, which is said to be very similar to traditional Irish folk music, was originally just instrumental before Irish novelist and songwriter Brendan Graham put words to it. It was originally recorded by Irish singer Brian Kennedy on the 2001 album Once in a Red Moon and sold well in both Ireland and Norway. The song was also commonly used for 9/11 attack commemorations even though it had not been released in America.

It was subsequently recorded by Daniel O'Donnell in 2003 and was a hit throughout Ireland and the UK. Later in 2003, after hearing Brian Kennedy's original version, American Josh Groban recorded the song which proved very popular in the US. His version made it to the top of the Billboard AC Charts and remained there for 6 weeks. Josh Groban also performed it at Superbowl 2004, 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. The Josh Groban recording also was nominated for a 2005 Grammy award.
And for good measure - ecret Garden won the Eurovision song contest around 1995 [though not with this song].


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