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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:
21

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
I LOVE JOSH GROBAN'S VOICE. REGARDLESS OF WHAT SONG HE SINGS IT TOUCHES YOUR HEART. THIS YOUNG MAN WILL BE AROUND FOR A VERY LONG TIME.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard Josh on 20/20, Apr 10. I have been mesmirized and brought to tears by his voice. A gift from God. I can't listen enough. Thank you, thank you!
lfschmit More than 1 year ago
My father recently passed away. My sister gave this CD to mom to listen to for soothing comfort and reassurance, track number 5 to be specific (Up Where You Are). I had to buy this for my Mom. The words were written as if he could see directly into my Mom's heart and knew her aches and pains after losing her husband of 51 years. It is played over and over by us and has been a source of comfort and a way of expressing our love and wishes along with our sadness and sense of loss. The rest of the CD is soothing and very relaxing. His voice is addicting and comforting which is not changed at all by the fact that some of his songs are in Italian. Without understanding his words, I find myself singing along with him because I will not stop listening.
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
Josh Groban has a talent far beyond his 20 years. His voice IS music. You would never expect a rich, emotion-filled voice to come from unassuming young man. But the moment he sings, you cling to every note. He has a voice you will never tire of very much like Bocelli. A rising, rising star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
AOL Music had this CD in the Listening Party - I've played the entire CD on my computer every day now for a week and plan on buying it this weekend. Every single song is just beautiful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This guy makes me feel like he's singing only to me, and that he's truly, deeply, madly in love. Goosebumps & tears - all from the same CD. Where has he been all my life? Encore, please!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are simply no words great enough to describe Josh Groban's voice but that of a thousand angels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
he is the best singer ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend was always playing his CD in her car and I finally asked who it was and she said Josh Groban!! I got the CD and can't stop listening to it!! Canto Alla Vita and Alla are beautiful!! Trust me- its a killer CD!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply extraordinarily moving ¿ Not only do you hear the heartbeat of this young man, you experience it with each note he sings ... from the inside ¿ out!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great voice!!! It is like a real living singing "ANGEL".Que viva por siempre tu musica y tu voz.!! A real blessed one.!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful 21-year voice. Received Josh Groban's CD as a holiday gift. What a pleasant surprise! How soothing of a voice. Josh, dinner with that special someone, candles and a fireplace would make for a perfect evening. A true must buy for others. Spread the word to all your friends and family!
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
Josh's crisp and high tenor voice captivates your heart. It is addictive to listen to... that's a warning!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will fall in love with Josh's voice. He is absolutely amazing. First time I heard his debut CD I just had to play that CD again. It is so captivating, you will be impressed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is absolutely fabulous....Josh Groban has the most amazing voice. I almost hate him for it cause it makes me wonder why I can't have his voice. Every song is stunning. Even if you can't understand the words he is saying, you can still enjoy the silky richness of his voice. A must have for any music lover!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Groban's voice is so addictive. You should buy one now!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been truley touched by this CD! I really love and relate to the song ''To Where You Are.'' I have just recently had two miscarriages and this song makes me think of my two Angel Babies that I miss so much. Josh Groban has such a beautiful voice and that song especially really touches me and brings me to tears when I listen to it.
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
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!!!