World-renowned American LDS concert pianist, composer, producer, and independent recording artist, Paul Cardall, recently debuted for the third consecutive time on the top of the Billboard charts without any support from a major record label. It is a remarkable feat considering he only has one assistant and is a great credit to him as an inspired virtuoso.
On Friday, 23 September 2016, Paul released a new video on his YouTube channel called “One by One” – the song that is the heart of his new masterpiece A New Creation (released 16 September 2016). Paul produced the music with the words written by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Featured in the video are renowned tenor Nathan Pacheco, the American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra, and the American Heritage Youth Chorus with Kayson Brown conducting. The video which alternates between the musicians and singers in a concert hall and scenes of happy families and individuals has already garnered more than 59,000 views. The description of the video states:
One by One is the heart of Paul Cardall’s album, A New Creation, which features a symphony of melodies by illustrating creation, heartache, and hope to initiate the narrative followed by a wave of sweeping vocal and choral sonorities offering reassurance and spiritual power. This journey represents a state of innocence at birth, the ensuing brokenness of the human condition, but then focuses on humankind’s potential to rise above that broken state of affairs to find healing and growth.
The 27 September 2016 online edition of the University Chronicle further points out “A New Creation debuted #1 on the Billboard New Age Chart ahead of new age legends Suzanne Ciani and Enya. Cardall’s album debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Classical Album chart just short of YouTube mega-star Lindsey Stirling’s new album Brave Enough. Also, A New Creation debuted #1 on Amazon and iTunes ahead of Sony Masterworks artists Lang Lang and The Piano Guys.”
Paul Cardall’s name is included on the Steinway artist roster of the greatest pianists in the world among great names such as Irving Berlin and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Steinway Artist Manager Jenn Gordon notes, “Paul Cardall is one of the most accomplished and discriminating artists in the world. His commitment to excellence in his artistic and professional achievements make it most appropriate that he is included on the Steinway Artist Roster.”
Also featured on the album is the Stone Angel Music Orchestra under the direction of Shane Mickelsen. About his new album A New Creation, Paul himself notes, “Each song on this album is designed to invoke deep spiritual feelings. A New Creation represents a journey from innocence at birth, through the ensuing brokenness of the human condition, culminating in humanity’s ability to rise above that broken state to their full potential.”