Graham, Brendan

Brendan Graham
Brendan Graham. Image source

Brendan Graham was born in Co. Tipperary in 1945.

His novels are The Whitest Flower (London, HarperCollins, 1998); The Element of Fire (Harper Collins, 2001); and The Brightest Day, The Darkest Night (Harper Collins, 2005).

The Whitest Flower was a number 2 bestseller in Ireland, and is translated into German as Die Irische Nacht (Berlin, Rutten & Loening, 2000). Described as a documentary novel of the Great Famine, it is currently a text at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A widely-known composer, he is former Chairman of IMRO, the Irish Music Rights Organisation.

The composer of many popular songs, he is best known for his lyrics of You Raise Me Up, which has been covered more than 125 times.

He lives in the West of Ireland.

NB I do not have any contact details for Brendan.  If you are looking for permission to use one of Brendan’s songs, please contact IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation)
You Raise Me Up – Secret Garden feat. Brian Kennedy

You Raise Me Up is a popular song in the inspirational mold. The music was written by Secret Garden’s Rolf Løvland; the lyrics by Brendan Graham. The song has now been covered more than 125 times, including by Josh Groban and Westlife to name a couple. SeanNashville Youtube Channel
Brendan Graham at the Irish Music Rights Organization (IMRO)

Brendan Graham at The National Library of Ireland

2 thoughts on “Graham, Brendan

  1. I was just wondering if the lyrics to You Raise Me Up (beautiful words) have their roots in the Bible and/or Christianity?

  2. Hi Karen
    I wondered myself the same question and a believe that indirectly or directlly it does

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