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Brendan Graham

Brendan Graham, born in Co. Tipperary in 1945, had by his early twenties been a basketball international, a student priest and a pig-boner in London. Nights were spent on bass guitar with the resident band at Elephant and Castle's Shamrock Club. After a stint in a Knightsbridge shoe salon - with clients including Gigi star Leslie Caron and Born Free star Virginia McKenna - he lived in Australia for five years before returning to Ireland.

In 1994, his songwriting career kicked off when "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" stormed to victory in the Eurovision Song Contest by one of the biggest winning margins in the contest's fifty-year history. He won the contest a second time in 1996 with his song “The Voice.”

His 2001 song "Isle Of Hope, Isle of Tears,” captures the story of fifteen-year old Annie Moore, the first immigrant to step ashore on New York's Ellis Island. It has become widely popular in America with versions sung by Irish Tenors and Celtic Woman.

His international hit "You Raise Me Up," co-written by Rolf Lovland of Secret Garden, has been covered over 125 times. Josh Groban's recording of the song was nominated for a Grammy and topped the American Billboard Adult Contemporary charts for 6 weeks in 2004. In October 2005, Westlife's version went straight into the U.K. charts at No. 1 and has now sold 1.4 million copies. In December of that year, the single also won Record Of The Year. Il Divo recorded a Spanish version on their 2006 U.S. platinum album Siempre.

Following the success with "You Raise Me Up", Brendan has been collaborating with many other established writers and artists such as Steve Mac (a Peermusic songwriter/producer), Kane Alexander and Delta Goodrem. His songs have been recorded by a wide spectrum of artists, including The Chieftans, choral group Anuna, Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, Norwegian singer Sissel and Brian Kennedy to name a few.

Brendan has also enjoyed remarkable success as a novelist. He has three published novels, "The Whitest Flower", "Element Of Fire" and "The Brightest Day, The Darkest Night." "The Whitest Flower" was a No. 2 bestseller in Ireland.