Gems — 09 September 2017

Sung by Martin Hurkens to the delight of strollers in a Dutch town square (video).

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Lyrics

When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary
When troubles come, and my heart burdened be
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit awhile with me

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be

Music by Rolf Løvland and lyrics by Brendan Graham (Secret Garden).

Biographical notes for Martin Hurkens

Martin Hurkens was an unemployed baker when in 2010, unbeknownst to him, his daughter signed him up for the RTL program ‘Holland’s Got Talent’. At first hesitant, he took a jump, participated and reached the finale.

He says, “… a new world was suddenly opening up for me! Singing has always been my hobby and now there was an opportunity to turn my hobby into my profession, so I seized it with both hands.”

After winning the finale, he received more and more requests for performances and also recorded this video clip in the centre of Maastricht – it became incredibly popular on YouTube and Social Media and requests came in from China, Taiwan and Japan where he sang in front of thousands of people.

While he continues to be very popular in the Netherlands, he has also performed in Italy, France, Turkey and Germany and is set for a performance in New York and then a big tour in China.

“You may always dream, and sometimes the dreams will even come true.”

www.martinhurkens.nl

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