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SALT LAKE CITY — Leave it to Utah native Paul Cardall to snatch the top spot on the New Age albums Billboard chart.
The world-renown contemporary jazz pianist’s 15th album "40 Hymns for Forty Days" is now No. 1 and is currently reaching millions of people in 100 countries.
“I have more fans in Egypt than in Provo,” said Cardall.
But this is not the first time Cardall has topped the charts. First, Cardall would have to survive one of the biggest challenges of his life.
In 2010, he underwent a heart transplant.
“I was drawn to music because I could express everything I was feeling with the suffering I had as a child,” said Cardall. “(Music) spoke to my soul. It gave me peace and a purpose.”
While recovering from heart surgery, Cardall began working on an album titled "New Life."
"New Life" was Cardall’s first album to hit No. 1 on the New Age albums Billboard chart.
“At that time, my music was crossing borders to where it had never gone before. It was deeply rewarding,” said Cardall. “‘40 Hymns for Forty Days’ is now the follow-up album to that.”
Cardall said he attended a few different churches to choose the 40 hymns for the album.
“I wanted a non-denominational representation of hymns that have helped people draw closer to God," he said.
In honor of International Day of Prayer, Cardall is hosting a one-hour, live-streaming event on his Facebook page at 11 a.m. MST May 7.
“Pastors, priests and musicians from all over the country will perform,” said Cardall. “It’s just a really special event where we can get together where we can get together and worship God.”
To learn more about Cardall’s music, visit www.PaulCardall.com.