Paul Cardall was born in 1973 with only half a heart. He had his first open-heart surgery a few hours after birth and two more surgeries at age 13 and 14. As a child, he took piano lessons but wasn’t keen on practice. As a teenager, he started composing and became obsessed. He was hired to play at weddings, in restaurants, and in department stores. In 1994, author Richard Paul Evans invited him to compose a musical adaptation of his No. 1 New York Times best-selling novel "The Christmas Box," which helped launch his professional career. In 1999, Paul founded Stone Angel Music, where he released his albums independently. His albums debuted at Number One on eight Billboard charts and have earned over 2 billion streams on Pandora alone. By 2008, Paul's health had declined to the point where he was placed on the transplant list. Following his transplant in 2009, Paul experienced newfound energy. Today, he lives a very full and active life as an entrepreneur, recording artist, husband, and father.
In this episode of "Heart to Heart with Anna," Paul talks with Anna about being born with a congenital heart defect and growing up with that condition until his heart could no longer sustain his life. Paul Cardall also talks about the event that caused him to rediscover the power of music and what music has done for him mentally and emotionally. Additionally, Paul conveys what service means to him and how his music has enabled him to serve others in the congenital heart defect community.
Links mentioned in this program:
Paul's Website, Book and Album: https://www.thebrokenmiracle.com/
Paul's Podcast (All Heart with Paul Cardall): https://paulcardall.com/podcast
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