Infobox musical artist |
Name = Josh Groban
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Joshua Winslow Groban
Born = birth date and age|1981|2|27
Los Angeles, California, United States
Voice_type = unclear*see below
Singing, piano, drums
Genre = Classical, Pop
Years_active = 1997-present
Label = 143/Reprise
URL = http://www.joshgroban.com
Joshua Winslow Groban (born
February 27 1981) is a Grammy-nominated American singer-songwriter. He has concentrated his career so far mostly in concert singing and recordings, although he has stated that he wishes to pursue musical theater in the future.fact|date=June 2008
Josh Winslow Groban was born in Los Angeles, California, to a Jewish–American father (a descendant of Polish and Russian immigrants) and a Norwegian–American mother. His maternal great-grandparents were from the eastern Norwegian district of
Toten. [http://www.grobanarchives.com/transcripts/tra061107a.html Josh Groban article] ] His father converted to Christianity upon marriage, and Groban was raised an Anglican–Episcopalian. His younger brother Christopher shares a birthday with him four years later. [ [http://www.grobanarchives.com/transcripts/tra021213a.html Groban Archives: Dave 'Til Dawn ] ]
Groban debuted as a singer in seventh grade, but soon put it on hold for a few years. "I enjoyed the arts aspects, but my grades were slipping. I didn't feel that I was getting enough creative input. So I went to
Bridges Academyto get my grades up to straight A's." While at Bridges Academy, Groban took normal classes from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM, and then afterwards attended theater classes. [ [http://www.nzgirl.co.nz/article.php?sid=862 Josh Groban in "The Simpsons"!] ] In 1997 and 1998, Groban attended the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, majoring in musical theater, which is also when he began taking voice lessons outside of school. "I started taking music lessons on the side. I was very much into musical theater. I had a pretty good baritone voice, so I began acting and singing in school productions". [ [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pops/background/bios/groban.html Evening at Pops 2004: Biographies: Josh Groban] ]
In late 1998, the 17-year-old Groban was introduced by his
vocal coachto Grammy-winning producer/arranger David Foster. Groban worked for Foster as a rehearsal singer on a series of high-profile events, including the 1999 Grammy Awards -- where, as a stand-in for Andrea Bocelli, he rehearsed Foster's "The Prayer" with Céline Dion -- and the January 1999 inauguration of Gray Davisas governor of California.
Groban attended the
Los Angeles County High School for the Artsas a theater major and graduated in 1999 and then attended Carnegie Mellon Universityin Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, studying drama.
Groban left Carnegie Mellon after only a few weeks into his first semester when he was offered a recording contract at Warner Bros. Records through Foster's
143 Recordsimprint. With regard to signing Groban, Foster said: "I love his natural ability in the pop and rock arena, but I love his sense of classics even more. He's a true musical force to be reckoned with." [http://www.joshgroban.com Official Josh Groban site] ] Therefore, under Foster's influence, Groban's first album focused more on the classics with songs such as "Gira Con Me" and "Alla Luce Del Sole," the first ones decided on by Foster and Groban.
Soon after being picked up by Foster, Groban went on to perform "
There For Me" with Sarah Brightmanon her 2000-2001 "La Luna World Tour" , featured on her "La Luna" Concert DVD. He made his recording debut by singing "For Always" with Lara Fabianon the movie soundtrack to "" (2001). Groban also became involved in many benefit shows, including the following: "The Andre Agassi Grand Slam Event For Children", singing alongside Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Don Henleyand Robin Williams; "Muhammad Ali's Fight Night Foundation" which honored Michael J. Foxand others; "The Family Celebration" (2001) which was co-hosted by President Bill Clintonand his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and David E. Kelleyand his wife, Michelle Pfeiffer; and Michael Milken's CapCure event, which raises funds for cancer research.
Groban played the role of Malcolm Wyatt in the May 2001 season finale of the television series "
Ally McBeal", performing "You're Still You." The series creator, David E. Kelley, was impressed at Groban's performance at The Family Celebration event, and, based on the audience reaction to Groban's singing, Kelley created a character for Groban in this finale. The character of Malcolm Wyatt was so popular, with 8,000 emails from fans, that Groban was asked to return the next season to reprise his role and perform "To Where You Are."
eponymousdebut album "Josh Groban" was released on November 20, 2001. Over the next year, it went from gold to double-platinum. [ [http://www.riaa.com/news/newsletter/120602.asp New Sets By Industry Vets Post Strong Sales] " RIAAnewsletter December 4, 2002"]
February 24, 2002, Groban performed "The Prayer" with Charlotte Churchat the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, and by November, he had his own PBS special, "Josh Groban In Concert" (2002). In December he performed "To Where You Are" and then sang "The Prayer" in a duet with Sissel Kyrkjebøat the Nobel Peace Prize Concertin Oslo, Norway. He then joined The Corrs, Ronan Keating, Sting, Lionel Richieand others for a Christmas performance at the Vatican in Rome, Italy. In 2003, Groban performed at the David Foster created concert for World Children's Day. He performed "The Prayer" with Celine Dionand the finale song, "Aren't They All Our Children" with artists like Yolanda Adams, Nick Carter, Enrique Iglesiasand Celine Dion.
Groban's second album "Closer", also produced by Foster, was released on
November 11 2003. Groban said that he believed that this second album was a better reflection of him and that his audience would be able to get a better idea of him personally from listening to it. "What most people know about me, they know through my music. This time, I've tried to open that door as wide as possible. These songs are a giant step closer to who I really am and what my music is all about. Hence the title."
Two months after "Closer" was released, it rose on the Billboard charts from number 11 to number one. [ [http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/groban_josh/bio.jhtml VH1 Josh Groban biography] ] His cover of Brian Kennedy's "
You Raise Me Up" became very popular on the adult contemporary charts, even featuring as the debut song for the always-popular Lakehouse 2008. Groban also performed the song "Remember" (with Tanja Tzarovska) on the "Troy" soundtrack, "Believe" on the soundtrack to the 2004 animated film The Polar Express, and a cover of Linkin Park's "My December".
During the summer of 2004, Groban returned to Interlochen, where he gave a performance to local residents and campers, also speaking about his experiences as a young performer. On
November 30 2004, his second live DVD, "Live At The Greek", was released. It also ran as a " Great Performancesspecial on PBS". Also in 2004 , Groban performed "Remember When It Rained," backed by a full orchestra, at the American Music Awardswhere he was nominated for Favorite Male Artist in the pop category. Groban and his recordings were nominated for more than a dozen awards in 2004, including the American Music Award, World Music Award, Academy Award, and a Grammy.
Other appearances have included "
The Oprah Winfrey Show", " The Ellen Degeneres Show", " Jay Leno", " Larry King Live", " The Rosie O'Donnell Show", " 20/20", "The Today Show", Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Super Bowl XXXVIII, the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade, and the Rockefeller Tree Lighting. [http://www.8notes.com/biographies/groban.asp Josh Groban biography] ]
During the first week of September 2006, Groban's latest single entitled "
You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)", was exclusively released to AOL's First Listen. It was taken from his third studio album Awake, which was officially released on November 7, 2006. Josh Groban performed "You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)" as well as two other tracks from "Awake" at his recording session for " Live from Abbey Road" at Abbey Road Studioson 26 October, 2006. On this album Groban also collaborated with British musician and songwriter Imogen Heap, on the single "Now or Never". Two tracks were performed with the South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, namely "Lullaby" and "Weeping", both songs having strong African influences. Groban toured with Angelique Kidjo around the U.S. for his Awake tour. The latter also featured a performance by another famous South African artist, Vusi Mahlasela. Groban's "Awake" world tour visited 71 cities between February and August 2007, and travelled further to Australia in September and the Philippines with Lani Misaluchaas his special guest in October of 2007. He did a duet with Barbra Streisand("All I Know of Love") and also in 2007 a duet with Mireille Mathieu("Over the Rainbow"). Groban has expressed an interest in performing on Broadway one day.
In June 2007, Josh spent some weeks in
Londonrecording a Christmas album with the London Philharmonicand the African Children's Choir, which he discussed on the DVD from "The Making of "Noël". It was released on October 9, 2007and is titled "Noël". [ [http://www.joshgroban.com/node/298 Josh Groban- "Noël"] ] The album has been highly successful in the U.S. breaking numerous records for a Christmas album, as well as becoming the best selling album of 2007 in only its tenth week of release, at sales of 3.6 million. [Geoff Mayfield, [http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3i5d843c633b3a476087429d3f17c2ef0e "Groban's 'Noel' Makes Chart History"] , Billboard.biz, December 18, 2007.] On 10 February, he performed at the 2008 Grammy Awards with Andrea Bocelliin a tribute to Luciano Pavarotti.
According to an advertisement that came with the CD/DVD version of "Noël", "Awake Live (CD + DVD)" will be available in early 2008. According to the fan club "Friends of Josh Groban," there will be a special fan club only edition. The concert was filmed on August 28, 2007, in Salt Lake City, Utah, in honor of his first arena concert, which was given at the same city."
Idina Menzelon April 14th for a PBSSoundstage Taping. The day following he held his own small concert to be taped for PBS at the Rose Hallin NYC.
Josh was nominated for the 2008
Juno Awardfor International Album of the Year for "Noel". In collaboration with French chanson legend Charles Aznavour, the two of them recorded Aznavour's signature song"La Bohème" as a duet in English and French. It is due to be released on Aznavour's next album, titled "Duets".
On July 15th, Groban performed "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch at the 79th All-Star Game in New York City at Yankee Stadium.
On 23rd August, Groban performed "You Raise Me Up" on Episode 14 of the talent show "Last Choir Standing."
On 29th August 2008, Groban appeared on the final episode of 'The Charlotte Church Show' for a brief interview. The show ended as Groban performed "The Prayer" with host Charlotte Church.
Classifying Groban's voice
Various music critics have described Groban's voice in different ways, with some referring to him as a
tenor[ [http://www.joshgrobanlive.com Josh Groban Live] accessed June 4, 2008] [ [http://www.reuters.com/article/musicNews/idUSN0562707520071205 Groban leads U.S. pop charts in slow sales week] , www.reuters.com, accessed June 9, 2008] and others as a baritone. [Davis, Rene' [http://www.thatjoshgrobanguy.com That Josh Groban Guy] accessed June 4, 2008] [CBS Interactive Inc., [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/08/earlyshow/leisure/music/main3807792.shtml Josh Groban's "Full-Circle Moment"] , CBS early show, accessed June 9, 2008] In performance, Groban's music goes as low as G2 (as in the song "To Where You Are") and extends up to at least B4 flat [ [http://www.joshgrobanlive.com/faqs.php Josh Groban Live(FAQ's)] accessed June 5, 2008] or the B flat above middle C(as heard in " You Raise Me Up"). [ [http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0045310&bl=/features/artists/groban_josh/&bd=Josh+Groban musicnotes.com sheet music] , accessed June 5, 2008.] He also hits a High B [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4ndAFcopzk] , accessed September 21, 2008. Note hit at 2:08.] during the Baywatch theme song in his Emmy performance of TV Theme Songs on September 21, 2008.This places his voice lower than the tenorrange on the low end, and just short of Tenor C, and therefore above the baritonerange, on the high end. [Suverkrop, Bard [http://www.ipasource.com/baritone IPA Source] , www.ipasource.com, accessed June 2, 2008.] cite book
title= The Diagnosis and Correction of Vocal Faults
publisher= Genovex Music Group
isbn= 978-1565939400] In a 2002
New York Timesarticle, Groban described himself as a "tenor in training". [Gurewitsch, Matthew [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C04E7D71538F93BA15754C0A9649C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=al "MUSIC; The New Boy Wonder of the Voice"] , New York Times, July 9, 2008.]
Under the guidance of his mentor
David Foster, Groban performed for many charity events that included VH1 Save the Music (2005), Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope (2005), Fifth Adopt-A-Annual Minefield concert (2005), 2nd Annual Grammy Jam (2005), Live 8(2005), The Heart Foundation Gala (2005), and David Foster and Friends Charity Gala (2006). Inspired by a visit with Nelson Mandeladuring a 2004 trip to South Africa, he established the Josh Groban Foundation to help children in need through education, healthcare and the arts. Mandela appointed Groban as an Official Ambassador for Mandela's Project 46664, a campaign to help raise Global awareness of HIV/AIDS in Africa. On April 25th, 2007, Josh Groban performed with the African Children's Choiron " American Idol"'s "Idol Gives Back" episode. Also on September 2, 2007 Josh Groban donated $150,000 to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schoolsto fund music education. [ [http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/includes/gfi.asp?fileHandle=4547.asptopicID=2.topic Singer Josh Groban donates $150,000 to CMS] ] On February 28, 2008he appeared in [http://www.onenightlive.ca One Night Live] at the Air Canada Centrein Toronto, Canadawith Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan, Jann Ardenand RyanDanin aid of the Sunnybrook Hospital Women and Babies Program. In honor of his 27th birthday, his fans set out to raise $27,000 in a project called "Raise 27". They ended up raising a total of $44,227 for the Josh Groban Foundation, to benefit the Noah's Ark children's orphanage called Siyawela in South Africa. Josh has since referred to this donation as "the best birthday present ever". [ [http://joshgroban.yuku.com/topic/7596/t/THANK-YOU.html?page=1 Josh Groban Says Thank You to Fans] ]
Influences and personal details
Some of Groban's musical influences have been
Radiohead, Paul Simon, Sting, Peter Gabriel, and Björk. He says he is able to look up to anyone, musically, who has pushed the boundaries and stepped outside of the box. As for vocal influences, "anyone who told a story with their songs," including Mandy Patinkin, Klaus Nomi, George Hearn, and Luciano Pavarotti. [ [http://www.olografix.org/hikrees/dfnet/html/readinterviews.php?ID=7 On the Brink of Stardom: Josh Groban live Internet chat on ABCNEWS.com] ]
He currently resides in
Los Angeles, California.
He is single, but dated
January Jonesfrom 2003-2006, breaking up in the summer of that year. They remain friends. [cite web
url = http://www.people.com/people/article/0,26334,1208272,00.html
title = Josh Groban, January Jones Take a Breather
date = 2006-06-26
publisher = People
accessdate = 2008-01-29]
*"Josh Groban" (2001) Quadruple Platinum
*"Closer" (2003) 5.00× Multi Platinum
*"Awake" (2006) Double Platinum
*"With You (Hallmark Exclusive)" (2007) Gold
*"Noël" (2007) Quadruple Platinum
Josh Groban - A Collection" (2008)
*"Josh Groban In Concert" - 2002
*"Live at the Greek" - 2004
*"Up Close With Josh Groban (Mother's Day Release) - 2008
*"Awake Live" - 2008
DVD Releases with other artists
Sarah Brightman: "La Luna: Live in Concert" (DVD) - 2001 - Duet on " There for Me"
* "Enchantment (Charlotte Church)" - 2001 - Duet on "
The Prayerand “Somewhere"
* "" - 2002 - Duet on "The Prayer"
* "Concert for World Children's Day" (DVD) - 2003 - Performed "Gira Con Me," "To Where You Are," "The Prayer" (duet with
Céline Dion), and "Aren't They All Our Children Anthem" as a cast.
ongs featured on CD releases by or with other artists
Charlotte Church- Enchantment - 2001 - "The Prayer" and "somewhere"
Barbara Cook-"Barbara Cook at the Met"- 2006 - "Not While I’m Around" and "Move On" performed live at the Metropolitan Opera.
* Hurricane Relief - Come Together Now: "Alla Luce Del Sole" and "Tears in Heaven" - 2005 - Participated in the fund raising concert and CD for victims of the hurricanes of 2005, including
Barbra Streisand- Duets - 2002 - "All I Know Of Love"
Angelique Kidjo- Djin Djin - 2007 - "Pearls" (also featuring Carlos Santana)Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur (The Complete Recordings) - Imagine
*Perfomed song "The Prayer" at 2002 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah
*Christmas Concert at Vatican City, December 2002
* - 2003
*Come Together Now - Hurricane Relief Concert - 2005
2005 World Series- October 22, 2005 - Performed the National Anthem
American Music Awards- 2006 - performed "February Song"
Kennedy Center Honors(honoring Andrew Lloyd Webber) - 2006 - Performed " Music of the Night" from " Phantom of the Opera"
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade- 2006 - performed "February Song"
Awake Tour- 2007
* American Idol Gives Back [http://youtube.com/watch?v=SRFgtHnfRvM] - 2007 - performed "You Raise Me Up" with The African Children's Choir
Concert For Diana- July 1, 2007 - performed "All I Ask Of You" from " Phantom of the Opera" alongside Sarah Brightman
* 50th Annual Grammy Awards - February 10, 2008 - performed "The Prayer" with
* Celine Dion: That's Just the Woman In Me - Concert Special -February 15, 2008 - performed "The Prayer" with
Classical Brit AwardsMay 8, 2008 - performed "February Song" and "Smile" by Charlie Chaplin
Chess (musical)May 12 - 13, 2008 at the Royal Albert Hall, Londonplaying the role of Anatoly Sergievsky, the Russian
* 46664 (Live Concert) June 27, 2008 The Mandela 90th Birthday concert in Hyde Park London, performing "Machine" and "Weeping"
*Performed in the video for "I'm Fucking Ben Affleck" on
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game- July 15, 2008 - Performed God Bless Americaduring the 7th inning stretchat Yankee Stadium
60th Primetime Emmy AwardsSeptember 21, 2008 - Performed a medley of famous television theme songs from the last 60 years of TV series.
* "A.I. - Artificial Intelligence" Original Motion Picture Score - 2001 - Duet on "For Always" (with
* "Troy" Soundtrack - 2004 - "Remember" with
* "The Polar Express" Soundtrack - 2004 - "Believe"
Lady in the Water" (teaser trailer) - 2006 - "Mi Mancherai (Il Postino)"
Ally McBeal" Season 4 Box Set 2 (DVD) - 2002 - In episode "The Wedding" Josh plays Malcolm Wyatt and performs "You're Still You"
*"Ally McBeal" Season 5 Box Set 1 (DVD) - 2003 - In episode "Nine One One" Josh plays Malcolm Wyatt and performs "To Where You Are"
* [http://www.joshgroban.com/ Official Josh Groban site]
* [http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=24083 BroadwayWorld: Idina Menzel & Josh Groban to Star in 'Chess' Musical UK Concert?]
* [http://www.chessinconcert.com/ Chess in Concert (2008)]
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