You Raise Me Up
You Raise Me Up


You Raise Me Up
"You Raise Me Up" is a song originally composed by the Norwegian-Irish duo Secret Garden. The music was written by Secret Garden's Rolf Løvland, and the

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2002 song by Secret Garden "You Raise Me Up"Song by Secret Gardenfrom the album Once in a Red MoonReleasedMarch 26, 2002Length5:04LabelDeccaComposer(s)Rolf LøvlandLyricist(s)Brendan Graham

"You Raise Me Up" is a song originally composed by the Norwegian-Irish duo Secret Garden. The music was written by Secret Garden's Rolf Løvland, and the lyrics by Brendan Graham. After the song was performed early in 2002 by the Secret Garden and their invited lead singer, Brian Kennedy, the song only became a minor UK hit. The song has been recorded by more than a hundred other artists including American songwriter Josh Groban in 2003 and Irish boy band Westlife in 2005 whose versions were hits in their countries. Welsh singer Aled Jones recorded a successful cover in 2004, all-female Irish ensemble Celtic Woman in 2004 as well enjoying massive world-wide success with it in 2005.

Contents Background

The song was originally composed as an instrumental piece and titled "Silent Story".[1] Løvland later approached Irish novelist and songwriter Brendan Graham to write the lyrics to his melody, after reading Graham's novels.[2]

The song was made by and for Løvland himself and performed for the very first time at the funeral of Løvland's mother.[1][3] The original designated vocalist was Johnny Logan, who recorded a demo with an orchestra. However, a desire to distance the album from Eurovision Song Contest led to a change in vocalist.

In 2002, it was released on the 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. Originally, Brian Kennedy was supposed to follow Secret Garden on their Asian tour in 2002, but Curb records couldn't come to an agreement with Universal to release Brian, and he reluctantly could not attend the tour. He was replaced by Norwegian singer Jan Werner Danielsen, who also later recorded the song together with Secret Garden. A demo version of this recording was released in 2010, on Danielsen's posthumous compilation album One More Time - The Very Best Of, which included several previously unpublished recordings.

Popularity

Although the original version did not chart internationally, the song has now been covered more than 125 times,[4] with the most successful covers being by Josh Groban (#73 in the US and #1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart), Christian group Selah (#1 on Billboard's Christian charts), Westlife (#1 in the UK), Daniel O'Donnell (#22 in the UK) and Dutch Popstars winner Wesley Klein (#4 in the Netherlands). The song has also found success as part of a three-song EP entitled "George Best - A Tribute" by Peter Corry and the song's original vocalist Brian Kennedy, which reached #4 in the UK.

In 2004, the song was played more than 500,000 times on American radio. In late 2005, there were over 80 versions available in US alone, and it has been nominated for Gospel Music Awards four times, including "Song of the Year."

On 21 September 2006, "You Raise Me Up" became the first song to have sold over 76,000 copies of the score on the popular sheet music website musicnotes.com.[5]

Josh Groban version "You Raise Me Up"Single by Josh Grobanfrom the album CloserReleased Genre Length4:52Label Composer(s)Rolf LøvlandLyricist(s)Brendan GrahamProducer(s)David FosterJosh Groban singles chronology "O Holy Night"
(2002) "You Raise Me Up"
(2003) "Remember When It Rained"
(2004) Music video"You Raise Me Up" on YouTube

In 2003, David Foster decided to produce the song after being introduced to it by Frank Petrone of peermusic, the song's publisher. He chose the up-and-coming Josh Groban to record the song, which was accompanied by the tenor Craig Von Vennik of the Establishment. Groban's version made it to #1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart in early 2004 and remained there for six weeks. This version also peaked at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100, his first single to do so, and was nominated for a 2005 Grammy award.

Performances

Groban performed the song 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" international prominence. On April 25, 2007, Groban also performed it at the first Idol Gives Back Concert, along with the African Children's Choir. This version was released as a single and peaked at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100. He performed this version with the African Children's Choir again on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on August 10, 2007.

On May 26, 2007, Josh Groban appeared on BBC's talent show Any Dream Will Do to select one of the remaining contestants (or "Josephs") to perform the song with him. He chose show favourite and eventual winner Lee Mead, whilst the other four contestants (Lewis Bradley, Craig Chalmers, Ben Ellis, and Keith Jack) performed as backing singers. Following this, the solo version of "You Raise Me Up" charted in the UK at #74, making it his first chart entry there.

Charts Solo version Chart (2004–2012) Peak
position Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 54 Denmark (Tracklisten)[7] 26 France (SNEP)[8] 16 Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 54 UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 74 US Billboard Hot 100[11] 73 US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[12] 1 With The African Children's Choir version Chart (2007) Peak
position US Billboard Hot 100[11] 76 Westlife version "You Raise Me Up"Single by Westlifefrom the album Face to FaceReleasedOctober 24, 2005Format Recorded2004StudioRokstone, LondonLength4:01LabelSony BMGComposer(s)Rolf LøvlandLyricist(s)Brendan GrahamProducer(s)Steve MacWestlife singles chronology "Obvious"
(2004) "You Raise Me Up"
(2005) "When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
(2005) "You Raise Me Up CD2" Music video"You Raise Me Up" on YouTube

"You Raise Me Up" was released as the lead single from Westlife's sixth studio album Face to Face. This version is one of the most successful covers of the song, peaking at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart,[13] the only version to do so. This was the band's 13th number-one single as well as the first single to be released following Brian McFadden departure from the group. It debuted with 97,288 combined physical and download sales in the UK alone.[14] The single has sold 540,000 copies in the UK so far.[15] In South Korea, it entered the Official South Korean Year-end Downloads Singles Chart in 2010 with 130,759 sales.[16] Later, it stayed in the top 75 of the Official International Karaoke Charts since the inception of the charts in December 2010 up to its recent chart released.[17]

Westlife performed this song with Secret Garden at the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize concert. On December 11, 2009, they performed it again at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize concert celebrating US President Barack Obama. The backing track is re-used in the Spanish version of this song, "Por Ti Sere", performed by Il Divo in their Siempre album. When Louis Walsh suggested the band to record it, Filan, Egan, Byrne, and Feehily were against it saying it was a church song, and would not be a success. They also said they did not want to record it. However, they have since claimed in 2011, six years after the single's release, that the song changed their careers and were glad they recorded it. It was composed in the traditional verse–chorus form in E♭ major, with Filan and Feehily's vocal ranging from the chords of B♭3 to B♭5.[18]

Westlife's official music video for "You Raise Me Up" was shot in late-2005 and is directed by Alex Hemming. It is currently the most played "You Raise Me Up" official music video version on YouTube with 73 million views as of January 2019.[19] It is also their most-streamed single of all time with 19.7 million listens in the United Kingdom as of January 2019. It is the band's third best selling single of all-time on both paid-for and combined sales categories.[20] While it is their eighth most streamed song of all time from their home country, the Republic of Ireland, as of 2 April 2019. It is the second best-selling single of 2005 in Ireland.

The song was reinstated in the live bonus disc album of the band's Greatest Hits in 2011. After the band broke up in 2012, the single was performed solo in many live instances by three of band members Shane Filan, Kian Egan and Mark Feehily. In 2018, the single was re-recorded by its member Shane Filan for his solo album Love Always - Deluxe Version. On 12 May 2018, the song was performed on South Korean music programme 'Immortal Songs 2' by Sohyang. Filan was the featured 'Legend' and judged the participants.

Track listing
UK CD1
  1. "You Raise Me Up" – 4:00
  2. "World of Our Own" (Acoustic Version) – 3:30
UK CD2
  1. "You Raise Me Up" – 4:00
  2. "Flying Without Wings" (Acoustic Version) – 3:30
  3. "My Love" (Acoustic Version) – 3:48
Charts Chart (2005) Peak
position Australian Singles Chart 3 Austrian Singles Chart 46 Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[21] 3 Danish Airplay Chart 47 Dutch Singles Chart 47 Euro Digital Tracks (Billboard)[22] 3 Europe Singles Chart (Eurochart Hot 100)[23] 4 Europe Digital Tracks (Eurochart Hot 100)[23] 14 German Singles Chart 11 Greece (IFPI)[24] 38 Irish Singles Chart 1 Norwegian Singles Chart 3 Romania[25] 45 Russia Airplay (Tophit)[26] 226 Scottish Singles Chart[27] 1 South Korea[25] 102 South Korea (Gaon International Karaoke Chart)[28] 10 South Korea (Gaon Weekly BGM Chart)[29] 8 South Korea (Gaon Weekly Mobile (Bell) Chart)[30] 94 Swedish Singles Chart 7 Swiss Singles Chart 18 UK Singles Chart 1 UK Download (Official Charts Company)[31] 5 World Singles Chart 10 World Airplay Chart 15 Charts (2007) Peak
position UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 96 Monthly charts Chart (2015) Peak
position South Korea (Gaon Monthly BGM Chart)[32] 18 South Korea (Gaon Monthly Mobile (Bell) Chart)[33] 25 South Korea (Gaon Monthly Mobile (Ring) Chart)[34] 44 Year-end charts Chart (2005) Position Irish Singles Chart 1 UK Singles Chart 9 Chart (2006) Position Australian Singles Chart 14[35] Chart (2010, 2015) Position South Korean International Download Chart 96 South Korean BGM Chart 35 Certifications and sales Region Certification Certified units/sales United Kingdom (BPI)[36] Platinum 600,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Wesley version "You Raise Me Up"Single by Wesleyfrom the album Vandaag en morgenReleasedFebruary 4, 2010FormatCD SingleComposer(s)Rolf LøvlandLyricist(s)Brendan GrahamWesley singles chronology "You Raise Me Up"
(2010) "Een ongelofelijke droom"
(2010) Music video"You Raise Me Up" on YouTube

On the second season of Popstars in the Netherlands, "You Raise Me Up" was recorded by each of the four finalists - Kim Stolker, Kristel Roulaux, Joshua Newton and Wesley Klein. When Klein won, his version was released as a single in the Netherlands under the mononym Wesley, peaking at #4 in the Dutch Top 40 and staying in the charts for eleven weeks,[37] making it the first version of the song to reach the top 10 in the Netherlands. The song was subsequently released as the final track on his debut album Vandaag en morgen (meaning Today and Tomorrow in Dutch).

Weekly charts Chart (2010) Peak
position Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[38] 4 Netherlands (Single Top 100)[39] 1 Year-end charts Chart (2010) Position Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[40] 63 Netherlands (Single Top 100)[41] 6 Other covers Use in popular culture This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
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See also

Notes

External links Westlife songs Westlife Coast to Coast World of Our Own Unbreakable Turnaround ...Allow Us to Be Frank Face to Face The Love Album Back Home Where We Are Gravity Greatest Hits Spectrum Other songs Josh GrobanDiscographyStudio albums Live albums Compilation albums Singles Other songs Concert tours Sanna NielsenStudio albums Joint albums Compilation albums Singles Melodifestivalen Related articles


 
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