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You Raise Me Up

"You Raise Me Up"
Song by Secret Garden from the album Once in a Red Moon
Released March 26, 2002
Genre Inspirational
Length 5:04
Writer Brendan Graham (lyricist)
Rolf Løvland (composer)
Producer Decca
Once in a Red Moon track listing
"You Raise Me Up"
"Silent Wings"

"You Raise Me Up" is a song that was originally composed by the 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 Josh Groban, who popularized the song in 2003; his rendition became a hit in the United States. The Irish band Westlife then popularized the song in the United Kingdom two years later.[1] "You Raise Me Up" is sung as a contemporary hymn in church services.


The song was originally written as an instrumental piece and titled "Silent Story." Parts of the melody (especially the opening phrase of its chorus) resemble the traditional Irish tune Londonderry Air, which is best known as the usual tune to the 1910 song Danny Boy. Løvland approached Irish novelist and songwriter Brendan Graham to write the lyrics to his melody after reading Graham's novels.[2]

The song was written by and for Løvland himself and performed for the very first time at the funeral of Løvland's mother. Here he noted “there's something about the song people are embracing - which becomes emotionally strong. [...] I believe people think of it as a song they use for their own stuff.”.[3][4]

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 fell ill, and could not attend. 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2010, on Danielsen's posthumous compilation album One More Time - The Very Best Of, which included several previously unpublished recordings.


Although the original version did not chart internationally, the song has now been covered more than 125 times,[5] with the most successful covers being 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 USA alone, and it has become 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[6]

Josh Groban version

"You Raise Me Up"
Single by Josh Groban
from the album Closer

January, 2004 Album Version

September 10, 2004 Cover Version
Recorded 2003
Genre Operatic Pop

4:52 Album

4.47 Cover
Label Reprise Records
Warner Bros. Records
143 Records
Producer(s) David Foster
Josh Groban singles chronology
"You're Still You"
"You Raise Me Up"
"Remember When It Rained"

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 great 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.


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" massive 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.


Chart (solo version)[7] Peak
Austrian Singles Chart (2008) 54
Danish Singles Chart (2009) 26
French Singles Chart (2012) 16
Swiss Singles Chart (2008) 54
US Billboard Hot 100 (2004) 73
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks (2004) 1
UK Singles Chart (2007) 74
Chart (2007 version with African Children's Choir) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 76
Preceded by
"Forever and for Always" by Shania Twain
"The First Cut Is the Deepest" by Sheryl Crow
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single (Josh Groban version)
March 13 - April 3, 2004
April 17–24, 2004
Succeeded by
"The First Cut Is the Deepest" by Sheryl Crow

Westlife version

"You Raise Me Up"
Single by Westlife
from the album Face to Face
Released October 24, 2005
Format CD Single
Recorded Rokstone Studios, London 2004
Genre Pop
Length 4:01
Label Sony BMG
Producer(s) Steve Mac
Westlife singles chronology
"You Raise Me Up"
"When You Tell Me That You Love Me"

"You Raise Me Up" was the lead single from Westlife's fifth 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,[8] 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 the departure of Brian McFadden from the group. The single has sold 540,000 copies in the UK so far.[9] 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. 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.

The backing track is re-used in the Spanish version of this song, "Por Ti Sere", performed by Il Divo in their Siempre album.

Tours performed at

  • Face To Face Tour (2006)
  • The Love Tour (2007)
  • Back Home Tour (2008)
  • Where We Are Tour (2010)
  • Gravity Tour (2011)
  • The Farewell Tour (2012)

Track listing

  1. "You Raise Me Up" – 4:00
  2. "World Of Our Own" (Acoustic Version) – 3:30
  1. "You Raise Me Up" – 4:00
  2. "Flying Without Wings" (Acoustic Version) – 3:30
  3. "My Love" (Acoustic Version) – 3:48


Chart (2005) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 3
Austrian Singles Chart 46
Dutch Singles Chart 47
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[10] 4
German Singles Chart 11
Irish Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 3
Scottish Singles Chart[11] 1
Swedish Singles Chart 7
Swiss Singles Chart 18
UK Singles Chart 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2005) Position
Irish Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 9
Chart (2006) Position
Australian Singles Chart 14[12]
Preceded by
"Push the Button" by the Sugababes
Irish Singles Chart number-one single (Westlife version)
October 27, 2005–December 1, 2005
Succeeded by
"My Humps" by The Black Eyed Peas
Preceded by
"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" by Arctic Monkeys
Scottish Singles Chart (Westlife version)
30 October 2005–13 November 2005
Succeeded by
"Hung Up" by Madonna
Preceded by
"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" by Arctic Monkeys
UK Singles Chart number-one single (Westlife version)
30 October 2005–13 November 2005
Succeeded by
"Hung Up" by Madonna

Wesley version

"You Raise Me Up"
Single by Wesley
from the album Vandaag en morgen
Released February 4, 2010
Format CD Single
Genre Pop
Wesley singles chronology
"You Raise Me Up"
"Een ongelofelijke droom"

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,[13] 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).


Chart (2005) Peak
Dutch Top 40 4[13]

Other covers

  • British singer Becky Taylor covered the song on her second album Shine (1 July 2003), released before Josh Groban's version.
  • The song was recorded by Daniel O'Donnell in 2003 and was a hit throughout Ireland and the UK, charting at #22 in the UK.
  • A version by Christian group Selah (with both verses included, as originally written) went to #1 on Billboard's Christian charts and was included on their 2004 album Hiding Place. This recording was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2005 Dove Awards.
  • The song has also been released by Aled Jones, Ronan Tynan, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Russell Watson, Javier Fontana, Selah, Celtic Woman, David Tibenovski, 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 was recorded by Sanna Nielsen and is included on her 2006 album "Nära mej, nära dej".
  • In 2007, the song was recorded by Croatian singer Ivo Gamulin Gianni in Croatian under the name "Ljubav to si ti"
  • The song was also recorded by Daniel Beck, a Mormon musician. The song was used for EFY's 2007 CD Power in Purity.
  • Lisa Kelly recorded a solo version for the album Celtic Woman.
  • In 2007, Celtic Woman cover this song, and it is used as the theme song of a Japanese TV Drama Byakkotai
  • The song was covered in Japanese by Korean-American singer Lena Park as the opening theme to the Japanese anime TV 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 English version of the series, released in two sets in both June and August 2009.
  • On November 10, 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. Five weeks later, on December 15, 2007, Rhydian Roberts performed the song on The X Factor with Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins.
  • Paul Potts and Il Divo separately recorded a Spanish version of this song called Por Ti Seré. This loosely translated version appears on Pott's One Chance album and Il Divo's Siempre.
  • On May 10, 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.[14][15]
  • On May 6, 2008, Manu Castellano performed the Spanish version ("Por Ti Seré") in Operación Triunfo
  • Connie Talbot included "You Raise Me Up" on her re-released album Over the Rainbow (16 June 2008). Talbot also included "You Raise Me Up" as the second track on her two singles "Three Little Birds" (20 June 2008) and "I Will Always Love You" (15 June 2009).
  • In July 2008, Donald Braswell II 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 2, 2008, Tom WIlliams performed the song on Australian Idol in the Top 24[16]
  • On September 27, 2008, Korean Idol group TVXQ performed the song with blind pianist Ye-Eun on SBS Chocolate.[17]
  • On October 19, 2008, the song was performed by later winner Freek Bartels in the semi-finals of 'Op zoek naar Joseph' (the Dutch version of BBC's talent show Any Dream Will Do).[18]
  • On November 16, 2008, the song Video on YouTube was performed by Michael Hirte from Potsdam in the show "Das Supertalent" (the German version of "America's Got Talent") using his harmonica. This version charted in Switzerland at #76.Chart performance for Michael Hirte version
  • On November 22, 2008, Ola Onabule performed it together with the Royal Philharmonic Ensemble (conducted by David Eaton) and the Vienna Peace Choir at the Global Peace Festival in Excel Centre, London Video on YouTube[19]
  • On December 9, 2008 Ysgol Glanaethwy,runners up in the BBC's Last Choir Standing, released a CD, O Fortuna, which had a Welsh vesrion of You Raise Me Up 'Dyrchefir Fi'.
  • On March 28, 2008, runner-up, Laura, performed the song live in the final of the Danish X Factor.
  • On April 21, 2009, Celtic Woman performed "You Raise Me Up" on the popular American TV show Dancing with the Stars.
  • On May 2, 2009, David Foster protegée Charice released a rendition of "You Raise Me Up" for a Mother's Day album. This song was produced by Star Records of the Philippines.
  • Also on May 2, 2009, South Korean boy band SHINHWA's lead vocalist Shin Hye Sung successfully performed You Raise Me Up towards the end of his concert during the 2009 Keep Leaves Tour in Seoul. The performance was featured in his DVD of the concert, which was released in the same year, as the 20th track.[20]
  • On May 9, 2009, Transmontuna (Tuna Universitária de Trás-os-Montes e Alto-Douro [21])performed "Por ti seré" Video on YouTube Video on YouTube, the Spanish version of "You raise me up" together with an Orchestra that joined teachers and students from the Conservatório Regional de Musica de Vila Real, conducted by maestro Vasco Sousa. Luis Rocha, Gaiato, the soloist of this cover, was considered the best voice that ever stood on Vila Real's Theatre stage.
  • On May 9, 2009, Girls' Generation member Jessica and solo artist Lena Park performed "You Raise Me Up" at the Korea Times Music Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in LA.
  • On August 3, 2009, Rhap Salazar rendered the song at the necrological service of former Philippine President Corazon Aquino
  • Paul Byrom of Celtic Thunder, produced by the producer of Celtic Woman, recorded a cover in spring 2009.
  • Australian duo Generation Gap recorded the song (complete with both verses) for their album, A New Beginning, which was released in December 2009.
  • German musical actor Andreas Bieber sang the song as a duet with international star Pia Douwes on his album No Frontiers.
  • In September 2008, Jewish pop star, Yaakov Shwekey covered the song with some minor changes to the lyrics, so as to be acceptable by the orthodox population.
  • In 2010, fans of Colchester United FC began to adopt the song as an anthem to be performed in traditional choral style on matchdays while travelling on public transport, on the terraces at away matches and to the delight of the locals in pubs up and down the land.
  • In January 2010, a Tahitian adaptation by Ronny TERIIPAIA, titled " E AO MÄ'OHI"[22] ( It's a mä'ohi (Polynesian) world by COJT (Committee of young people of The Tävini Huira'atira political party led by Mr Oscar TEMARU whose goal is the independence of French Polynesia) was released.
  • On February 17, 2010, this song was performed by Korean girl group Brown Eyed Girls to commemorate the return of the nation's popular Mnet Countdown 2010. It is also to perform for the survivors of the Haiti Earthquake.
  • On February 18, 2010, this song was again performed by Korean artistes on the KBS Music Bank, ranging from Jokwon of 2AM, Kim Jong-kook, Taeyeon and Jessica of Girls' Generation, Jang Hee Young, Ming Kyung Hoon and Jung Yonghwa of CN.Blue. It is also to perform for the survivors of the Haiti Earthquake.
  • On June 8, 2010, the song was used in a mash-up with Olivia Newton-John's "Magic" on the season 1 finale of Glee.
  • In 2010, the German singer Helene Fischer performed the song on her "So wie ich bin"-tour.
  • A Finnish version of the song was recorded by Kari Tapio titled "Kuin taivaisiin".
  • Japanese voice actress Ayahi Takagaki covered the song in her cover album, "melodia". The track itself is firstly included in her single, "Kimi ga Iru Basho" as the secondary coupling song.
  • In August 2010, cantopop singer Mimi Lo recorded a Cantonese version of the song for her compilation album, Very Meaningful.[23]
  • Sony Australia has included a version by Australian singer Mark Vincent on the new album "Flood Relief - Artists For The Flood Appeal". The album was recorded to raise much needed funds for the victims of the devastating floods in Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
  • For the semi-finals of K-Pop Star in Korea, Park Jimin covered this song.
  • On 2011, the Catalan singer Sergio Dalma has sung a Catalan version titled Em dones força (You give me force) with the boys' choir of the Escolania de Montserrat for the Marató de TV3, a telethon broadcast every year by Televisió de Catalunya.[24]
  • In January 2011 Real Radio Scotland DJ Steve McKenna did a cover of the song for Help for Heroes.
  • In April 2011, Hong Kongese singer G.E.M. (singer) sang a version of the song in her 2011 Get Everybody Moving concert tour.[25]
  • An arrangement by Louis-Amik Lalonde was produced for the 19th Annual Indspire/National Aboriginal Achievement Awards [1], held in Vancouver February 24, 2012 and broadcast nationally (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Global Television Canada). Introduced by hosts Theoren Fleury and Carmen Moore: an all-star performance by (in order of appearance) Noelle Maracle, Andrea Menard, Jani Lauzon, Rita Coolidge, Sandy Scofield, Fara Palmer, Inez Jasper, Leela Gilday.[26][27]
  • On 17 August 2012 an arrangement was performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the 85th birthday celebration[28] of Thomas S. Monson in the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Hayley Westenra sang this song with the two Korean singers Park Gi Yeong and Son Ho Yeong in Opera Star in 2012 as the grand finale.
  • On December 30, 2012, The One sang an arrangement of this song during Season 2 of I Am A Singer.
  • On September 30, 2013, Filipina Invasion, Jolina Magdangal sang this version in Filipino as "Nassang da Ong" for her upcoming album, scheduled to be released in March 2014.
  • American Singer Nick Palance performs live for charity at CVAP Coachella Valley Alumnae Panhellenic April, 2014, in Palm Springs[29]
  • In 2014, John Barrowman covered the song on his album You Raise Me Up.

Use in popular culture

  • Secret Garden's version of the song was used in an episode of As the World Turns on April 20, 2002.
  • 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.
  • Shizuka Arakawa, the 2006 Olympic gold medalist in figure skating, used the piece as an exhibition number for many shows and professional competitions from 2005–2010. 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.
  • On July 26, 2007, the song was performed on 6th International Competition of Young Singers of Popular Music the "New Wave" (Jūrmala, 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 February 18, 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 27–29, 2009, The Australian Foster Care Conference in Fremantle, Western Australia used the title of the song "You Raise Me Up" as the Conference Theme and the song lyrics were posted on their website. "'Raise me up' in the context of foster care carries the dual meaning of 'raising, bringing up or growing up - the foster child', and in doing so 'lifting them up' high and giving them the opportunity to achieve great things.
  • The song is very briefly covered by the cast of Glee in the episode "Journey to Regionals" as a mash-up with Olivia Newton-John's "Magic".
  • On July 23, 2010, the song was used as background for the announcement of the winners of the "Time of My Life" duet winners on Big Brother Ten as part of the series' two day Glee themed task.
  • The song is played on a car radio during a sequence in the 2012 film Fun Size.
  • The song was translated into Japanese by Korean-American singer Lena Park and this version was used as the opening song of the Anime Romeo X Juliet.
  • I.K. Start, a Norwegian football club, uses this song as a club anthem.
  • X Factor judge Simon Cowell has named "You Raise Me Up" one of his favourite songs.
  • Recently, the song got played in the bus radio for The 465 CT Transit driver, a Hamden, Connecticut-based Pop/New Age Artist during The 465 CT Transit driver's upcoming 1st instrumental debut album, The Bridge promotional advertisement.
  • In the show Big School, Mr Martin (Daniel Rigby), along with the school choir, sang "You Raise Me Up" for Ms Postern's (Catherine Tate) charity talent show. This was Episode 2 of the show.
  • During Shelton High School's pre-recorded live segment on New Year's Eve, Five of the boys that can make up the boy band are: Angel McKennis, from New Haven, Connecticut, Michael Harris from Port Chester, New York, David Wong from Milford, Connecticut, Jaime Kennedy from Branford, Connecticut and Nicolas Rodriguez from North Haven, Connecticut performed this song backed by the Branford High School Singing Hornets.
  • Hayley Westenra performed You Raise Me Up at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Cricket World Cup on 12 February 2015 in Hagley Park in her hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand


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External links

  • Thornes Music
  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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