Your Sunday Hymn: You Raise Me Up

Celtic Woman perform the beautiful hymn “You Raise Me Up” popularized by Josh Groban in 2003.

The song was originally composed by the Irish-Norwegian duo Secret Garden.

Here is Josh Groban’s version:

And here is the Secret Garden 2002 version :

The music was written by 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.


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You’re Sunday Hymn: A Touching Place

For the 13th Sunday in Ordinary time, I’ve chosen “A Touching Place,” words/text by John Bell & Graham Maule & music (Dream Angus) traditional Scottish folk tune.

Performed here by Joanne Hogg & David Fitzgerald with the Choir Of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, abd directed by Mervyn Cousins.

This video was filmed at Selby Abbey for a BBC Songs Of Praise special entitled ‘Northumberland’. Sound recording was at ICC Studios, engineer & co-producer was Neil Costello. Also featured on the recording of this BBC Songs Of Praise special: IKOS/Band, who include: Dave Clifton (Vocals/Guitars), David Fitzgerald (Woodwinds & Reeds), Tim Oliver (Keyboards), Nick Beggs (Chapman Stick & Bass) & Terl Bryant (Drums/Percussion).