June 15

Josh Groban Deliver the Message Of Power And Strength Through Faith In “You Raise Me Up”

In 2003, Josh Groban recorded “You Raise Me Up” – which easily became a hit!

His version reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, where it stayed for six remarkable weeks. It also became Groban’s first single to enter the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 73. Not only that, but the song helped him earn a Best Male Pop Vocal Performance nomination during the 2005 Grammy Award.

Since then, Josh Groban has performed “You Raise Me Up” in various renowned events. This includes at Super Bowl XXXVIII as well as on Oprah Winfrey’s 50th birthday, which gave the song international prominence.

The Story Behind The Song

In 2002, Rolf Løvland – a member of the award-winning Irish-Norwegian duo Secret Garden – composed an instrumental piece called “Silent Story.” Later, he enlisted the help of the Irish songwriter and novelist Brendan Graham to add lyrics to his melody.

That same year, Secret Garden released “You Raise Me Up” as a single off their album Once in a Red Moon – featuring the vocals of Irish singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy. The original version sold well in both Ireland and Norway. However, it did not chart internationally. 

Still, it became one of the most covered songs – recorded by various artists more than a hundred times. This includes Christian group Selah’s version, which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart and earned a nomination for Song of the Year during the 2005 Dove Awards.

In 2005, a popular boy band Westlife released their version of “You Raise Me Up,” which turned out to be among the most thriving ones, ranking No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart – the only version to do so.

Anyway, you can listen to Josh Groban’s “You Raised Me Up” in the video below.


Josh Groban

  • I absolutely love this song as performed by Josh Groban. When I hear it, I stop everything and listen because it resounds with my very soul and rocks my inner being. This will be a song sung at my funeral some day. Thank you to all who had a part in its creation and production. For me, it’s up there with “Amazing Grace.”

  • this song is what all my life of grief and sadness and with out God i would be no where this song reaches my heart so much and i rather hear it when im living than after i have died

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