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Josh Groban

Groban at the ET Post-Emmys Party, Walt Disney Concert Hall, September 21, 2008
Background information
Birth name Joshua Winslow Groban
Born February 27, 1981 (1981-02-27) (age 29)
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Classical, pop, vocal
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano, drums, flute, uilleann pipes
Years active 1997–present
Labels 143/Reprise
Associated acts We Are The World 25 for Haiti

Joshua Winslow "Josh" Groban (born February 27, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter and actor who has sold close to 20 million albums in the United States. He is known for his unique vocal quality and classically inspired pop style. Each of his four solo albums has been certified at least multi-platinum in the United States.


Early life and education

Groban was born in Los Angeles to a schoolteacher mother and a businessman father.[1] His father is of Russian Jewish descent; his Norwegian American mother's grandparents were from the eastern Norwegian district of Toten.[2][3][4] Groban was raised an Episcopalian.[citation needed] Chris, his younger brother by four years, shares a birthday with him.[5]

Groban debuted as a singer in seventh grade. He attended Bridges Academy, where he was permitted to take normal classes from 9 AM to 1 PM, and attend theater classes in the afternoon.[6] Groban went on to attend the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a theatre major, and graduated in 1999. He also attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, majoring in music theatre, and began taking vocal lessons. He was admitted to Carnegie Mellon University, intending to study drama, but he left after four months into his first semester.


Early career

In late 1998, the 17-year-old Groban was introduced by his vocal coach to Grammy-winning producer/arranger David Foster. Groban worked for a David 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 Davis as governor of California.

Groban was offered a recording contract at Warner Bros. Records through Foster's 143 Records imprint. 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."[7] Under Foster's influence, Groban's first album focused more on classics such as "Gira Con Me" and "Alla Luce Del Sole."

Groban performed "There For Me" with Sarah Brightman on her 2000–01 La Luna World Tour, and was featured on her "La Luna" concert DVD. He recorded "For Always" with Lara Fabian on the movie soundtrack to A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001). Groban performed in many benefit shows, including: "The Andre Agassi Grand Slam Event For Children," singing alongside Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Don Henley, and Robin Williams; "Muhammad Ali's Fight Night Foundation" which honored Michael J. Fox and others; "The Family Celebration" (2001), which was co-hosted by President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and David E. Kelley and his wife, Michelle Pfeiffer; and Michael Milken's CapCure event, which raises funds for cancer research.

David E. Kelley, creator of the television series Ally McBeal, created a character, Malcolm Wyatt, for Groban in the season finale aired in May 2001. The character of Malcolm Wyatt was so popular, with 8,000 emails from fans,[7] that Groban was asked to return the next season to reprise his role and perform "To Where You Are."

The singer's self-titled debut album Josh Groban was released on November 20, 2001. Over the next year, it went from gold to double-platinum.[8]

On February 24, 2002, Groban performed "The Prayer" with Charlotte Church at the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and by November, he had his own PBS special, Josh Groban In Concert (2002). In December 2002, he performed "To Where You Are" and sang "The Prayer" in a duet with Sissel Kyrkjebø at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway. He joined The Corrs, Ronan Keating, Sting, Lionel Richie, and others for a Christmas performance at the Vatican in Rome, Italy. In 2003, Groban performed at the David Foster concert for World Children's Day, singing "The Prayer" with Celine Dion and the finale song, "Aren't They All Our Children?" with artists including Yolanda Adams, Nick Carter, Enrique Iglesias, and Celine Dion.

Recent years

Groban in concert at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH.

Groban's second album Closer, produced and written 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 his personality 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."[7]

Two months after Closer was released, it rose on the Billboard charts from number 11 to number one.[9] His cover of Brian Kennedy's "You Raise Me Up" became very popular on the adult contemporary charts. 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".

In the summer of 2004, Groban returned to Interlochen, performing and discussing his earlier experiences with local residents and campers. On November 30, 2004, his second live DVD, Live At The Greek, was released; it was also shown as a Great Performances special on PBS. Also in 2004 , Groban performed "Remember When It Rained," backed by a full orchestra, at the American Music Awards, where 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.

Groban has appeared on the 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.[10]

During the first week of September 2006, Groban's single entitled "You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)" was released exclusively on AOL's First Listen. His third studio album Awake 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 Studios on 26 October, 2006. On that album, Groban also collaborated with British musician and songwriter Imogen Heap, on the single "Now or Never". He performed two tracks with the South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, "Lullaby" and "Weeping." Groban's "Awake" world tour visited 71 cities between February and August 2007, and travelled further to Australia and the Philippines with Lani Misalucha as his special guest in October 2007. He performed a duet with Barbra Streisand ("All I Know of Love") and with Mireille Mathieu ("Over the Rainbow"). Groban has expressed an interest in performing on Broadway.

In June 2007, Groban recorded a Christmas album in London with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Magdalen College Choir, which he discussed on the DVD from "The Making of Noël". It was released on October 9, 2007 and is titled Noël.[11] 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.[12]

On 14 April 2007, Groban joined Idina Menzel for a PBS Soundstage taping. The next day, he held his own taping for the same PBS TV series at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall at Jazz in New York City.

Groban was nominated for the 2008 Juno Award for International Album of the Year for Noël. 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 1 July 2007, Groban performed with Sarah Brightman for the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium; it was broadcast to over 500 million homes in 140 countries.

On 23 August 2007, Groban performed "You Raise Me Up" on Episode 14 of the talent show Last Choir Standing.

On 10 February 2008, Groban performed at the 2008 Grammy Awards with Andrea Bocelli in a tribute to Luciano Pavarotti.

On 15 July 2008, Groban performed "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch at the 79th All-Star Game in New York City at Yankee Stadium.

On 29 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.

On 21 September 2008, Groban performed a comical medley of well-known TV theme songs at the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

In December 2008, Groban appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He performed a duet with Only Men Aloud! at the Royal Variety Show at the London Palladium for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.[13]

On Sunday, 18 January 2009, Groban performed as part of the Presidential Inauguration ceremonies, performing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" in duet with Heather Headley.[14]

On 28 March, 2009, Groban performed a duet of "Bridge over Troubled Water" with Jordin Sparks for the charity event Celebrity Fight Night.

In March 2009, Groban covered the hits of the late Casey Tatum and his brother on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. On September 14, 2009, Groban appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and surprised an audience member. Two days later he made a cameo appearance on Glee.

At the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, he performed the Star Spangled Banner on Jan. 7, 2010 with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.

Classifying Groban's voice

Various music critics have described Groban's voice in different ways, with some referring to him as a tenor[15][16] and others as a baritone.[17][18] 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[19] or the first B flat above middle C (as heard in "You Raise Me Up").[20] This places his voice lower than the tenor range on the low end, and just short of Tenor C, and therefore above the baritone range, on the high end.[21][22] In a 2002 New York Times article, Groban described himself as a "tenor in training".[23]


Josh Groban in concert at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall

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 Mandela during 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 25, 2007, Josh Groban performed with the African Children's Choir on American Idol's "Idol Gives Back" episode. Also on September 2, 2007 Josh Groban donated $150,000 to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to fund music education.[24] On February 28, 2008 he appeared in One Night Live at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada with Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan, Jann Arden and RyanDan in 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. Groban has since referred to this donation as "the best birthday present ever".[25]

Influences and personal details

Some of Groban's musical influences have been Radiohead, Steve Perry, Paul Simon, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Freddie Mercury[26] and Björk.[10] He cites as vocal influences "anyone who told a story with their songs," including Mandy Patinkin, Klaus Nomi, George Hearn, and Luciano Pavarotti.[27]

The debut episode of the podcast Tell 'Em Steve-Dave! is entitled Josh Groban Stole My Mom. It tells the story of how the mother of Bryan Johnson, or "Steve-Dave" from the View Askewniverse, abandoned her son in favor of Groban's vocal stylings.[28]

Josh Groban dated January Jones from 2003–06.[29] He continues to reside in his hometown of Los Angeles, California.



Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US US Class US
2001 Josh Groban 8 1 6 28 50 8 7
  • US: 4× Platinum
  • CAN: 4× Platinum
  • US sales: 5,047,000
2003 Closer
  • Released: November 11, 2003
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
1 1 2 25 47 38 21
  • US: 5× Platinum
  • CAN: 4× Platinum
  • US sales: 5,792,000
2006 Awake 2 1 1 5 5 25 7
  • US: 2× Platinum
  • CAN: 2× Platinum
  • US sales: 2,080,000+
  • World: 3,000,000+
2007 Noël
  • Released: October 9, 2007
  • Label: Reprise Records
1 1 1 33 24 26 26 1 4
  • US: 5× Platinum
  • POL: Gold
  • SWE: Gold
  • US sales: 5,000,000
  • World: 5,800,000+
2008 A Collection (not released in the USA)
  • Released: December 1, 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
23 11 10
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or not released


Year Single Peak Album
2001 "You're Still You" 10 Josh Groban
"To Where You Are" 116 1 94
2003 "You Raise Me Up" 73 1 26 57 Closer
"Remember When It Rained" 15
2006 "You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)" 9 Awake
"February Song" 13
"Awake" 13
2007 "I'll Be Home for Christmas" 1 Noel
2008 "Little Drummer Boy" 18
"Silent Night" 19
"The First Noel" 20 20
"Angels We Have Heard on High" 29
"Ave Maria" 54
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  • Josh Groban In Concert - 2002
  • Live at the Greek - 2004
  • Up Close with Josh Groban (Mother's Day release) - 2008
  • Awake Live - 2008
  • Soundstage Presents: Josh Groban - An Evening in New York City - 2009

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 Prayer and “Somewhere"
  • Prelude: The Best of Charlotte Church - 2002 - Duet on "The Prayer"
  • Concert for World Children's Day (DVD) - 2002 - 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.

Songs featured on CD releases by or with other artists

Notable performances



  • 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"
  • Glee - 2009 - Himself in "Acafellas"


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  4. ^ Josh Groban article
  5. ^ Groban Archives: Dave 'Til Dawn
  6. ^ Josh Groban in The Simpsons!
  7. ^ a b c Official Josh Groban site
  8. ^ New Sets By Industry Vets Post Strong Sales RIAA newsletter December 4, 2002
  9. ^ VH1 Josh Groban biography
  10. ^ a b Josh Groban biography
  11. ^ Josh Groban- Noël
  12. ^ Geoff Mayfield, "Groban's 'Noel' Makes Chart History",, December 18, 2007.
  13. ^ "Royal Variety Performance 2008: all-star line-up unveiled for 80th anniversary show on BBC One". BBC Press Office. BBC. 2008-11-17. Retrieved 06-01-2009. 
  14. ^ Daunt, Tina (2009-01-17). Inauguration revelers have plenty of events to choose from., Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  15. ^ Josh Groban Live accessed June 4, 2008
  16. ^ Groban leads U.S. pop charts in slow sales week,, accessed June 9, 2008
  17. ^ Davis, Rene' That Josh Groban Guy accessed June 4, 2008
  18. ^ CBS Interactive Inc., Josh Groban's "Full-Circle Moment", CBS early show, accessed June 9, 2008
  19. ^ Josh Groban Live(FAQ's) accessed June 5, 2008
  20. ^ sheet music, accessed June 5, 2008.
  21. ^ Suverkrop, Bard IPA Source,, accessed June 2, 2008.
  22. ^ McKinney, James (1994). The Diagnosis and Correction of Vocal Faults. Genovex Music Group. ISBN 978-1565939400. 
  23. ^ Gurewitsch, Matthew "MUSIC; The New Boy Wonder of the Voice", The New York Times, July 9, 2008.
  24. ^ Singer Josh Groban donates $150,000 to CMS
  25. ^ Josh Groban Says Thank You to Fans
  26. ^ Fox News: Josh Groban Raw and Uncut Fox Video interview
  27. ^ On the Brink of Stardom: Josh Groban live Internet chat on
  28. ^ Tell 'Em Steve-Dave!
  29. ^ "Josh Groban, January Jones Take a Breather". People. 2006-06-26.,26334,1208272,00.html. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  30. ^ Amore Infinito details

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From Wikiquote

Joshua Winslow Groban, commonly known as Josh Groban (born February 27, 1981) is an American singer, known for his mature, dusky baritone voice. His musical style ranges from classical to pop.



"I look up to
Everything you are
In my eyes you do no wrong
And I believe in you
Although you never asked me to
I will remember you

And what life put you through"

(From 2002's Josh Groban)

  • Per Te (lyrics by Josh Groban)

"Per te, per te vivro'
L'amore vincera
Con te, con te avro'
Mille giorni di felicita
Mille notti di serenita
Faro' quello che mi chiederai
Andro sempre dovunque tu andrai
Daro tutto l'amore che ho
Per te"

    • English translation:

"For you, for you, I'll live
Love will win
With you, with you, I'll have
A thousand days of happiness,
A thousand nights of serenity
All that you ask me to
I'll go everywhere that you go
I will give all the love I have for you"

(From 2003's Closer)


Concert Quotes

  • "To me, that sounded like "monkey tree xanadu!"

---From the Denver show, in response to several people yelling things at him at once.

  • "I love you guys." - Josh

"We love you more!!" "Well, we could go back and forth on this all night!" - Josh ---From the Denver show

  • "Are you guys hot?" - Josh

"YES!" (In a deep, sexy voice) "And I know why..." - Josh
---From the Philadelphia show, where the theater was very hot and muggy

  • "These props are kicking my butt..."

---From the Providence show, after backing into a mic stand

  • "I feel goofy tonight. I had a pixie stick before the show."

---From the Columbus show

  • "So don't go around dumping people. That's the moral of that story."

---From the Columbus show, after singing "Broken Vow"

  • "I rock your face off? I rock your face off. I rocked someone's face off at the Grand Ole Opry. Check that off my list."

---From the Nashville show, after a fan yelled "Josh, you rock my face off!"

  • "Yeah, it's hard to sing sad songs when there's so much love"

---From the Syracuse show after having fans yell "I love you Josh!"

  • "I love you all...I love you all very much!!"

---From Radio City Music Hall in NYC

  • "I love you more than you could ever know...I could just GAG I love you so much."

---From the summer tour show in Houston

  • "You rock my socks too!"

---From the Grand Rapids show in MI after having fans yell "Josh, you rock my socks!"

  • "I like my Guinness like I like my women - bitter and cold."

---From the "Awake" tour show in 'The Point Theatre', Dublin (30-05-07), in response to a fan handing him a Guinness t-shirt.

  • "...Bananas!"

---From show in 'The Point Theatre', in response to fans screaming after his every word.

Sourced (from interviews)

  • "I hoped to sell 50,000 records. My main goals were to sing my heart out, to challenge myself vocally, to find beautiful music that has great stories and to express what I love about the musicality of different languages. And if 10 people bought it, I'd be thrilled that 10 people listened to it. And if it was 10 million, I'd be thrilled that 10 million people listened to it. This is just beyond any dream that I could have possibly had."

---Las Vegas Sun, 08/13/04

  • "I've been fascinated by music for as long as I can remember. I was the kid on the playground in the third grade who would tell other kids about Paul Simon or Depeche Mode."

---Kansas City Star, 08/16/04

  • "First and foremost, I'd like to continue taking risks with my music. Everything I've done so far has been a gut reaction, honest and real. And that's who I am. That's what I want my music to always be -- honest and real."

---Chicago Sun Times, 11/16/03

  • "I'm not crossing over from anything. I think of it as pop music with different influences. "When I walk in the music store, [my] album is under classical/pop/easy listening. It's hard to say what genre it is. It's genreless. I try not to define what it is. I let the audience define it. Because for me, it's just me."

---UK Sunday Times, 5/9/04

  • "When I make an album I take a lot of risks. I ignore the trends of the moment and one of the things I have to think of when making an album like this is the honesty of it. To connect. It goes against the grain. It's nice to know I can go against the grain."

---Miami Herald, 4/23/04

  • "I wanted to experiment with that live energy, to push myself a little. It's very much about having intimacy with the music. I love theater - and I love playing in these old theaters. It's not a Vegas stage show. It's very much just me and the music and a five-piece band and a 20-piece string section from each city."

---Miami Herald, 4/23/04

  • "It's really tough to make a name for yourself without compromising and without fitting yourself into a real specific mold. When I made the choice that I would be involved in every aspect of music and not necessarily make music for radio or MTV, I was saying, 'OK, this is me. You decide who it is.' "

---Inside Connection, February 2004

  • "I just have to feel it first. It can't be cerebral at all. I'm big on lyrics, a big lyric person, especially the kind of singing I do. It's hard to sound not cheesy sometimes with the voice I have with English songs."

---Inside Connection, February 2004

  • "I can only say so much about how I feel. Music is what I always turned to when I was feeling a certain way. It's been my reason for everything."

---Inside Connection, February 2004

  • "I try to have a real close connection with my fans. That's extremely important. They are the ones that have been there from the beginning and proved everyone else wrong."

---Inside Connection, February 2004

  • "It's a nice feeling. I was not like the popular guy in high school. This is revenge for all the bullies in high school [laughter]. It's a great feeling. Maybe women sometimes are more open to romantic music."

---Inside Connection, February 2004

  • "My life is an unfinished product, but instead of just saying, 'How do I top what I've accomplished,' I decided I wanted to move forward, express my growth and take a big step into the next chapter."

---Florida International Magazine, January 2004

  • "The shower is my time to open up my operatic chops, because of the enormous echo. You sound five times as big in the shower, so I break into some "Nessun Dorma" [from Puccini's Turandot] or Pearl Jam. You've got to go big when you're in the shower. There's no half-singing in the shower, you're either a rock star or an opera diva.", 11/23/03

  • "I don't have a social life right now. I try to -- it's something that I miss -- but David Foster told me: 'The golden microphone is in front of your mouth. You have to sing into it or it will get passed onto someone else.' It's very lonely, what I'm doing. Even though you have a lot of people around you, they're not experiencing it first-hand. It's hard to name more than five close friends. As much as people want to understand, it's hard when you don't see someone for five months at a time, and they're like, 'C'mon, make time.' But I don't have time. My days are gone. There are a lot of firsts for me. And I'm not going to toss it off. It would be silly to say, 'No, I'd rather go see a movie.' I know there will be time for that later."

---UK Sunday Times, 5/9/04

  • "I have to work hard to not look like a nerd all the time. My friends are the only people I know that don't care about my image. I need to have people who treat me just as Josh, not as Josh the singer. "

---Bangkok Post-Outlook, 8/27/02

  • "I was the hopeless romantic. I had so many crushes. But not on the real obvious girls. I was into the quirky ones. I was so shy, though."

---UK Sunday Times, 5/9/04

  • "No matter what your age and no matter where you come from, everyone can change the world in some way, whether it's being a mentor to someone younger than you or someone that doesn't have as much experience as you. If you're passionate enough, you can do whatever you want and definitely change the world."

---Teen People Video Short, 20 Teens Who Will Change the World, 2003

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Josh Groban
Background information
Birth name Joshua Winslow Groban
Born February 27, 1981 (1981-02-27) (age 29)
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Classical, Pop, Vocal
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Singing, piano, drums, flute, uilleann pipes
Years active 1997-present
Labels 143/Reprise

Joshua Winslow Groban (born February 27, 1981) is a American singer-songwriter who has won a Grammy Award.

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