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.