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


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:
Reprise / Wea


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!
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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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
You heard him on Ally McBeal. Now, Josh Groban's long awaited inaugural release is coming. I've heard four of the cuts on-line and Josh continues to amaze me. His voice has the maturity far beyond his nineteen years. His phrasing shows emotion rarely evident in someone so young. Like Bocelli, Pavarotti? Listen to Josh Groban and become mezmerised by...THE VOICE!
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
I heard Josh live last Easter with David Foster and they said then that they were working on this CD. I heard it tonight at B & N even though it won't be released until later today. He is wonderful. So much talent for a young man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a voice!!!!!Such a gift from God. This album is like a medicine for the soul. You have to buy it, you will not be dissapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
He's not exactly Justin Timberlake or Mark Hoppus of Blink 182, but he's the new heart throb that gives classical, soft rock and everything else under the sun a good name. It's amazing that someone so young could sound so mature. The come hither voice and heart melting lyrics gives Josh's album a very much deserved 5 stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A joy to the ears. What a talent to sing contempory, opera, salsa, and even classical Bach. Each track shows a different side of Josh. And he is only 20 years old!!! Wonderful plush arrangements.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new artist is truly a gift to listen to. His voice captivates and is such a pleasure to listen to. What a great debut cd. Thank you David Foster for developing a great new talent.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything about Josh Groban's CD is beautiful; both the songs and his gorgeous voice. You will be completely mesmerized. The minute I heard his CD playing in the store, I had to have it. His singing will definitely stir your emotions....simply beautiful....
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I met Josh outside of a Sarah Brightman concert in Lowell, MA in 2000. We spoke to him for about 15 minutes and were impressed by his humility and sweetness. My daughter is an aspiring actress and singer and was moved not only by his talent, but also respected this young gentleman for his graciousness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw Josh Groban on Ali McBeal I thought he was lip singing, but after seeing him again with Charlotte Church singing ''The Prayer'', a spiritual song, his voice has captured my heart. I believe Josh Groban has a gifted voice. Its full of passion and intensity the minute the first note is sung.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an incredible voice for a 20 year-old. Hope to here more from him!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only word I can use is ''incredible''. Josh has such a mesmerizing voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't like all the comparisons of josh to other tenors... He is such an amazing singer in a multitude of ways, and to compare him to anyone just detracts from his abilities. Buy this CD with a box of tissues, some chapstick and a candle. Trust me on this one.
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
The first time I heard Josh was on Ally McBeal and was literally brought to tears when he sang. I made it a point to see the repeat of that episode along with his return in a more recent episode with Tom Berenger. I am looking froward to his next cd with much anticipation. He can sing for me anytime!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Groban has such natural qualities unbeatable by even some of the best established talents. I do truly hope that he drifts farther away from the pop scene, and stays in the classics where his talents are best displayed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never been so moved by anyone the way I have been moved to tears by this exceptional young man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This man has an incredible talent. Thanks to the producers of Ally McBeal for introducing Josh to the public. His voice is inspirational. Like the male version of Celine Dion.
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
Josh Grogan's voice has the captivating romance of youth, yet the strength of maturity. His talent was first brought to my attention in the season finale of Ally McBeal, more fully realized when i heard him singing duet with Charlotte Church on a television program. My wishful thoughts at that time mostly consisted of ''Solo, solo, solo!'' There was not enough to be heard of Mr. Grogan that night. His CD is a solid piece of work, a more permanent record of voice than any television program. It is a favorite dream of mine to have a Josh Grogan under my window singing me sonnets and lovesongs. However, i think his pull extends to much more than silly girls, his is a voice with many new grounds to cover yet and call his own.