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Josh Groban
     

Josh Groban

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by 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-possessed

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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.

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:
3529

Tracks

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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Josh Groban 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 227 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received a sampler cd of Josh Groban from my father and absolutley fell in love with it! Trust me, I know quality! Josh has the best voice. It's such so beautiful and moving. Everyone has to buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JackInMI More than 1 year ago
I can't express how much a joy it is to here such a wonderful voice. I was introduced to Josh Groban's music more than a year ago when he was featured on a Celine Deion televised concert(PBS if memory serves). Took me awhile to buy his CD's but now have several and want to finish making my collection current.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Groban has a beautiful voice that is the voice of God. He is wonderfully talented.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's clear that Josh Groban has been trained in musical theatre by the discipline you hear in his singing. If you like rich baritone voices you'll enjoy this cd tremendously.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an inspiration. I am truly blessed to hear such an angel from God. In whatever language he sings I am moved with great emotion. Thanks Josh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
150 % genius. No other album or artist has had such an impact on me than Josh Groban has. It's so different from what you hear nowadays. It's refreshing and inspirational. I highly recommend this album to anyone who wants to get in touch with themselves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a most refreshing and enjoyable listening experience. For someone so young, so much raw talent is rare. He sings with such ease and feeling that it reaches into the listener's heart and soul. I cannot imagine anyone choosing not to let it envelope the senses and take them away, possibly ''To Where You Are.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Waited patiently (not) for Josh Groban's album...To Where You Are brings tears...each song takes you soaring with his voice...The Prayer was first released by Celine Dion and Andrea Botcelli...in this version, Josh is perfection...Charlotte Church not close...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hearing Josh Grogan sing for the first time is like discovering Charlotte Church or Pavorotti. You want to call everyone you know and share.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this CD is absolutely amazing. i especially Canto Alla Vita. josh has a really amazing voice and great range. i say it again, he is probably one of the most talented singers ever! he can probably sing ANY language! he is 'Grobanite'! he's so young, and yet, he can sing so well. his voice is solid and golden. he is blessed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could listen to this cd over and over again. I saw Josh on the Oprah Winfrey show, but unfortunately missed his name. I went to the Oprah website and searched through all of the archived shows until I finally found his name. I've been listening to his music on his website ever since. Josh's voice is so powerful--it literally gives me goose bumps. My four year old son goes around the house now singing, "To Where You Are." It really is beautiful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Incredible...is all I can say!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh's first album is so wonderful! Once I heard him on Charlotte Church's CD doing a duet, I went out and bought his CD. I was so amazed that THAT voice came out of him. It's so amazing! I literally cried the first time I heard his version of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." He is just so talented and a cutie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A (very) young singer with well developed abilities that raises the bar for others to match. Superb voice with expressive tones that everyone will find most enjoyable. His music does not wear off after it stops playing. An easy 5 stars. In a very short time, he will lead the field. Good bye privacy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Groban has a talent far beyond his 19 years. His voice IS music. I first heard him sing as part of his character on an episode of Ally McBeal. You would never expect such a rich, emotion-filled voice to come from a tall, moderately-built, somewhat shy teenager. But the moment he begins to sing, you will stop what you are doing and cling to every note he sings. This is his first album but will definitely not be his last. He has a voice you will never tire of.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An absolutely incredible voice coupled with beautiful songs make this CD an absolute must have! You definitely won't be disappointed by this God given talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this c.d. right after it came out and have not stopped listening to it since. All of the songs are great, and some of them have even taken opera to a new level, pairing it with a good beat and great lyrics (and incredibly sexy voice ;-) ) A definate must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I listen to Josh's songs all my stress dissapears. I saw his album at Target and bought it knowing that I don't have enough money left until my next payday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have grown to appreciate opera and classical music! I may be only 16 but I know major talent when I hear it! I love his voice and I am aspiring to do the same thing! His voice and power brings me to tears! Just because I am a guy doesnt mean im not sensitive! :-) Definately buy this album! Dont think of it as being partially foreign....think of the talent and hard work he puts into this! Not to mention the emotion! DEFINATE 5 STARS!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very talented and young singer. I'm impressed not only with his CD but with the range of genres used in this CD. He is and will continue to be a well diversed talent. Thank goodness for GREAT, BEAUTIFUL, and INTERESTING music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
His voice is fantastic I love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Groban has a beautiful voice--a cross between Placido Domingo and Boccelli. Every song on the CD is great. Groban is very versatile. Don't miss out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 13,& I first heard him on PBS. I fell in love with everything about him right away. I bought one of his CD's A.S.A.P.