Secret Garden is an Irish/ Norwegian duo consting of Irish violinist and singer Fionnuala Sherry and Norwegian composer and pianist Rolf Løvland. The group was formed in 1995. Both started their music careers at an early age. Sherry begun playing the violin when she was eight years old in Dublin. Løvland on his part, started composing music when he was just nine.
Secret Garden is known for their instrumental new wave songs which have classical and celtic elements. In 1995 Secret Garden represented Norway in Eurovision. They won the contest with the song Nocturne. This was Norway’s second victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. Rolf Løvland composed both Nocturne and the very first Norwegian winner on Eurovision, La Det Swinge.
Secret Garden has released nine studio albums. Their most famous song after Eurovision is You Raise Me Up. That has been covered more than 500 times by artists including Josh Groban, Russell Watson, Westlife, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Becky Taylor, Celtic Woman, Lena Park, Robert Tremlett, Il Divo, Rhydian, and Sergio Dalma. In 2010 Sherry released an album as a solo artist.