Josh Groban

Josh Groban

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Following in the wake of the spectacular success of artists like Andrea Bocelli and Russell Watson, the ever-expanding genre of classical crossover music is set to embrace another rising star, Josh Groban. The 20-year-old baritone's debut CD, Josh Groban, artistically exceeds the industry's high expectations for this very young, remarkably self-possessedSee more details below

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Following in the wake of the spectacular success of artists like Andrea Bocelli and Russell Watson, the ever-expanding genre of classical crossover music is set to embrace another rising star, Josh Groban. The 20-year-old baritone's debut CD, Josh Groban, artistically exceeds the industry's high expectations for this very young, remarkably self-possessed performer. Discovered by producer-songwriter David Foster, the handsome L.A. native has selected an eclectic mélange of classical and contemporary tunes that present his warm and robust voice in a variety of complimentary settings. Whether singing in Italian (the gorgeous "Alla luce dal sole" and "Un amore per sempre") or English (Don McLean's moving "Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)" and Richard Marx's dramatic "To Where You Are,") Groban imbues every note with a shimmering romantic glow. Eschewing the obvious, the versatile vocalist features top-drawer material by Linda Thompson ("You're Still You,") Albert Hammond ("Alejate,") and Ennio Morricone ("Cinema Paradiso") as well as J. S. Bach's lovely "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." But the highlight is Carol Bayer Sager's "The Prayer," a made-in-heaven duet with fellow wunderkind Charlotte Church, a partnership with a combined age that barely totals 35. Already touted by such celebrities as Sarah Brightman and Rosie O'Donnell, Josh Groban is a precocious and rare talent ready to explode.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Producer, record executive, and songwriter David Foster has a long history of trying to wed commercial considerations to the lighter elements of pop music, and in young Josh Groban, whom he adopted as a prot�g� in late 1998 when the singer was 17, he is trying to get in on the classical crossover market effectively occupied by the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, and Charlotte Church (who duets with Groban on "The Prayer" here). Groban has a rich voice that falls somewhere between a low tenor and a high baritone, and Foster has here crafted or commissioned music that will sound classical to the ears of non-classical fans, much of it with lyrics in Italian to complete the effect. "Gira con Me," for example, is a slow ballad that sounds like it may have escaped from a minor opera, but in fact was composed by Foster and songwriter/producer Walter Afanasieff (best-known for his work with Mariah Carey). Groban is also given some ballads in English, with songwriting credits that include such Southern California pop-meisters as Richard Marx, Albert Hammond, Carole Bayer Sager, and Foster's wife, Linda Thompson. The result is an ersatz classical crossover record that won't fool the experts but easily could find its way into households that welcome Celine Dion and other sub-operatic emoters of her ilk. Groban is certainly not to be blamed for taking his chances with Foster instead of staying in college or pursuing a classical career, and his first album is enjoyable even if it doesn't live up to its pretensions.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2001
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624815426
catalogNumber:
48154
Rank:
14461

Tracks

  1. Alla luce del sole, song  - Josh Groban
  2. Gira con me questa notte (It turns with me tonight), song  - Josh Groban
  3. You're Still You (adapted from "Malèna")  - Josh Groban
  4. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso - Love Theme (for the film Cinema Paradiso)  - Josh Groban
  5. To Where You Are, song  - Josh Groban
  6. Alejate (Go Away), song  - Josh Groban
  7. Canto alla vita  - Josh Groban
  8. Let Me Fall, song (from Cirque du Soleil)  - Josh Groban
  9. Vincent (Starry, Starry Night), song  - Josh Groban
  10. Un amore per sempre (A Love that's Forever), song  - Josh Groban
  11. Home To Stay  - Josh Groban
  12. Jesu, joy of man's desiring  - Josh Groban
  13. The Prayer, song (for the film Quest for Camelot)  - Josh Groban

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Groban   Primary Artist,Tenor (Vocal)
David Foster   Keyboards
Curt Bisquera   Drums
George Doering   Guitar
Lili Haydn   Violin,Background Vocals
Marco Marinangeli   Background Vocals
Richard Marx   Piano,Keyboards
Dean Parks   Guitar
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar
Lili Hayden   Violin,Background Vocals
Mike Plotnikoff   Ngoma
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Walter Afanasieff   Keyboards
Corrs   Band,Track Performer
William Ross   Conductor
Chris Elliott   Piano
Charlotte Church   Soprano (Vocal),Track Performer
Efrat   Background Vocals
Michael Thompson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
David Foster   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer,Lyricist
Claudia Brant   Adaptation,Spanish Adaptation
Felipe Elgueta   Programming,Engineer
Rhys Fulber   Arranger,Producer
Humberto Gatica   Producer,Engineer
Marco Marinangeli   Arranger,Lyricist,Producer
Richard Marx   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Alejandro Rodriguez   Engineer
David Romani   Vocal Coach
Linda Thompson   Lyricist
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Producer
William Ross   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements,String Conductor
Ordo Equitum Solis   Composer
Ed Kaufman   Engineer
Romano   Vocal Coach
Matt Walker   drum programming
Brian Avnet   Management
Tony Renis   Programming,Producer,translation,Liner Note Translation
Chris Elliott   String Arrangements
Matt Prock   Engineer,drum programming
Alberto Testa   translation,Liner Note Translation
Linda Thompson-Jenner   Composer
Nick Marshall   Engineer
Greg Bieck   Programming
Robert Conley   Programming
Nigel Lewis   Engineer
David Romano   Vocal Coach
Lucio Quarantotto   Lyricist
Guido Morra   Lyricist
Alessio de Sensi   Lyricist
Nigel G. Lewis   Engineer
Maurizio Fabrizio   Composer
Mat Prock   Engineer,drum programming
Cheope   Lyricist

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