born in 1945 in County Tipperary, Munster, Ireland
Brendan Graham (born 1945)) is an Irish novelist and composer.
Graham was born in County Tipperary. He has published three novels, The Whitest Flower (London, Harper Collins, 1998), an Irish No. 2 best seller, The Element of Fire (Harper Collins, 2001) and The Brightest Day, The Darkest Night (Harper Collins, 2004).
He also wrote the lyrics for Rolf Løvland's "You Raise Me Up". Løvland was inspired to write the song after reading The Whitest Flower, Graham's first novel. "You Raise Me Up" was a huge international hit for Irish boyband Westlife. Graham wrote the lyrics for one of Løvland's "Mary's Lament", which appears on Secret Garden's 2011 album, Winter Poem.
Graham also composed two of Ireland's winning entries in the Eurovision Song Contest: "Rock 'n' Roll Kids", which won in 1994, and "The Voice", the winner of the 1996 contest. He also wrote the 1976 Irish Eurovision entry, 'When', which was sung by Red Hurley, and the 1985 entry 'Wait until the weekend comes', performed by Maria Christian. He wrote several songs for Celtic Woman, including "O, America". Also, for a similar group, Celtic Thunder, Graham wrote songs including "My Land ", "Voices", and "Always There" (written especially for a CT member Emmet Cahill).
Entries in the Eurovision Song Contest
- "When" by Red Hurley, Ireland, (Eurovision Song Contest 1976), 10th place
- "Wait Until the Weekend Comes" by Maria Christian, Ireland, (Eurovision Song Contest 1985), 6th place
- "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" by Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan, Ireland, (Eurovision Song Contest 1994), 1st place
- "The Voice" by Eimear Quinn, Ireland, (Eurovision Song Contest 1996), 1st place
|Eurovision Song Contest winning songwriters|
|1950s||Géo Voumard / Émile Gardaz · Guus Jansen / Willy van Hemert · Hubert Giraud / Pierre Delanoë · Dick Schallies / Willy van Hemert|
|1960s||André Popp / Pierre Cour · Jacques Datin / Maurice Vidalin · Claude-Henri Vic / Roland Valande · Otto Francker / Sejr Volmer-Sørensen · Nicola Salerno / Mario Panzeri · Serge Gainsbourg · Udo Jürgens / Udo Jürgens, Thomas Hörbiger · Bill Martin, Phil Coulter · Manuel de la Calva, Ramón Arcusa · David Hartsema / Lenny Kuhr · Alan Moorhouse / Peter Warne · Maria José de Cerato / Aniano Alcalde|
|1970s||Derry Lindsay, Jackie Smith · Jean-Pierre Bourtayre / Yves Dessca · Mario Panas, Klaus Munro / Yves Dessca, Klaus Munro · Claude Morgan / Vline Buggy · Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson · Dick Bakker / Will Luikinga, Eddy Ouwens · Tony Hiller, Lee Sheriden, Martin Lee · Jean-Paul Cara / Joe Gracy · Nurit Hirsh / Ehud Manor · Kobi Oshrat / Shimrit Orr|
|1980s||Shay Healy · Andy Hill, John Danter · Ralph Siegel / Bernd Meinunger · Jean-Pierre Millers / Alain Garcia · Torgny Söderberg / Britt Lindeborg · Rolf Løvland · Jean Paul Furnémon, Angelo Crisci · Seán Sherrard · Nella Martinetti, Atilla ereftu · Rajko Dujmi / Stevo Cviki|
|1990s||Toto Cutugno · Stephan Berg · Seán Sherrard · Jimmy Walsh · Brendan Graham · Rolf Løvland / Petter Skavland · Brendan Graham · Kimberley Rew · Svika Pick / Yoav Ginai · Lars Diedricson / Marcos Ubeda|
|2000s||Jørgen Olsen · Ivar Must / Maian-Anna Kärmas · Marija Naumova / Marija Naumova, Marats Samauskis · Demir Demirkan, Sertab Erener / Demir Demirkan · Ruslana Lyzhychko / Ruslana Lyzhychko, Alexandr Ksenofontov · Christos Dantis / Christos Dantis, Natalia Germanou · Tomi Putaansuu · Vladimir Grai / Saa Miloevi Mare · Dima Bilan, Jim Beanz · Alexander Rybak|
|2010s||Julie Frost / John Gordon|