You Raise Me Up

You Raise Me Up

Infobox Song
Name = You Raise Me Up

Caption =
Type =
Artist = Secret Garden
alt Artist =
Album = Once in a Red Moon
Published =
Released = March 26, 2002
track_no = 2
Recorded =
Genre = New Age
Length = 5:04
Writer = Brendan Graham (lyricist)
Rolf Løvland (composer)
Composer =
Label =
Producer = Decca
Chart position =
Tracks =
prev = Awakening
prev_no = 1
next = Silent Wings
next_no = 3
Misc =

"You Raise Me Up" is a popular song in the inspirational mould. The music was written by Secret Garden's Rolf Løvland; the lyrics by Brendan Graham. The song has now been covered more than 125 times [, paragraph 5] .

The song was originally written as an instrumental piece and entitled "Silent Story". Løvland approached Irish novelist and songwriter Brendan Graham to write the lyrics to his melody after reading Graham's novels [ [ Untitled Document ] ] . It was originally released on the 2002 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. The song was used for commemorations of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacksFact|date=September 2007 despite not having been released in America yet. 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 withSecret Garden, but it was never released.


The song was subsequently recorded by Daniel O'Donnell in 2003 and was a hit throughout Ireland and the UK.

Later in 2003, David Foster decided to produce the song. He chose the up and coming Josh Groban to record the song, which proved very popular in the US. His version made it to the top of the "Billboard" adult contemporary chart and remained there for six weeks. Groban also performed it 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. The Groban recording also was nominated for a 2005 Grammy award. Groban also performed it at the first Idol Gives Back Concert, along with the African Children's Choir.

Brian Kennedy re-released the single after performing it at legendary Northern Irish football player George Best's funeral, the song again climbing the UK Charts to No. 4 in January 2006 (named "George Best - A Tribute"). Brian returned to the spotlight in Ireland once again after being named Ireland's 2006 entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest, at which he came a respectable 10th place.

The song has also been released by Ronan Tynan, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Russell Watson, Selah, Celtic Woman, 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, an LDS musician. The song was used for EFY's 2007 CD ~Power in Purity." The most recent recording is a Spanish version by Il Divo entitled "Por Ti Seré".

The song was also covered in Japanese by Korean-American singer Lena Park as the opening theme to the Japanese TV anime 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 series.

Paul Potts and Il Divo separately recorded an spanish version of this song called Por Ti Sere. This loosely translated version appears on Pott's "One Chance" album and Il Divos' Siempre.

German musical actor Andreas Bieber sang the song as a duet with international star Pia Douwes on his album 'No Frontiers'.

During Birmingham, Alabama's Oak Mountain High School Christmas 2007 and spring 2008 concert, men's show choir who are referred as the Craftsmen performed a Star Trek parody entitled You Beam Me Up. It was arranged by Ed Cleveland.

Westlife Version

Infobox Single
Name = You Raise Me Up

Artist = Westlife
Album = Face To Face
Released = October 24, 2005 (UK)
Format = CD Single
Genre = Pop ballad, adult contemporary
Length = 4:02
Label = Sony BMG
Writer =
Last single = "Obvious"
This single = "You Raise Me Up"
Next single = "When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
Misc = Extra track listing
Album = Face To Face
Type = studio
this_track = "You Raise Me Up"
track_no = 1
next_track = "When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
next_no = 2
Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = "You Raise Me Up CD2"
Type = single

Westlife released a cover version of "You Raise Me Up" as their first single from their Face to Face album. The band's version is the #99 Best selling single in the UK for the 21st Century to date, having reached #1 on the chart in 2005. The band also won UK Record of the Year award for their rendition.

There were two music video versions accompanying their rendition of the song.

Westlife, together with original composer Secret Garden, performed the song at the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize concert.

The band was the 100th artist to record this song.

Track listing


# You Raise Me Up
# World of our Own (Acoustic)


# You Raise Me Up
# Flying Without Wings (Acoustic)
# My Love (Acoustic)

Chart performance


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". This version by Christian group Selah (with both verses included, as originally written) also went to No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Charts.

On 21 September, 2006, You Raise Me Up became the first song to have sold over 20,000 copies of the score on the popular sheet music website [] [ [ Internet Archive Wayback Machine ] ] .

Use in popular culture

Shizuka Arakawa, the 2006 Olympic gold medalist in figure skating, used the piece as an exhibition number for many shows and professional competitions from 2005-2006. 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.

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.

I.K. Start, a Norwegian football club, uses this song as a club anthem.

On April 4th, 2007, a Japanese version of the song was used for the theme tune to the anime series Romeo x Juliet, titled "Inori ~You Raise Me Up~". the song is performed by Korean singer Lena Park.

On April 25th, 2007, Josh Groban performed the song with the African Children's Choir on American Idol, Idol Gives Back episode.

On May 8th, 2007, the song was played at the historic opening of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

On May 26th, 2007, Josh Groban appeared on BBC's talent show Any Dream Will Do and selected one of the remaining contestants (or Joseph's) to perform the song with him. He chose show favourite, Lee Mead.

On July 26th, 2007, the song was performed on 6th International Competition Of Young Singers of Popular Music the "New Wave" (Jurmala, 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 August 10th, 2007 Josh Groban performed it with the African Children's Choir on The Ellen DeGeneres Show show.

"X Factor" judge Simon Cowell has called 'You Raise Me Up' one of his favourite songs.

On November 10th, 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.

On December 5th, 2007, Terry Wogan gave the song an airing on the breakfast show on BBC Radio 2 in the United Kingdom.

On February 18th, 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 28th, 2008, runner-up, Laura, performed the song live in the final of the [ Danish X Factor] .

On May 10th, 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 6th, 2008, Manu Castellano performed the Spanish version (Por Ti Seré) in Operación Triunfo

In July 2008, Donald Braswell 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 2nd, 2008, Tom WIlliams performed the song on Australian Idol in the Top 24 []

On September 27th, 2008, Korean Idol group TVXQ performed the song with blind pianist Ye-Eun on SBS Chocolate. []


On 2007: opening anime "RomeoxJuliet".

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