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Infobox musical artist| | name = Josh Groban|image=Groban.jpg| caption =Josh Groban, February 6, 2009| background = solo_singer| birth_name = Joshua Winslow Groban| birth_date = birth date and age|mf=yes|1981|02|27| birth_place = Los Angeles , California , United States|U.S. | origin =| instrument = Vocals , piano , drumkit|drums , percussion instrument|percussion | genre = Easy listening , Vocal music|vocal , operatic pop , pop rock | occupation = Singer , songwriter , musician , actor , record producer | years_active = 1997�present| label = 143 Records|143 , Reprise Records|Reprise | associated_acts = Tenacious D | website = URL|joshgroban.com

Joshua Winslow "Josh" Groban (born February 27, 1981) is an United States|American singer , songwriter , musician , actor , and record producer . His first four solo albums have been certified Music recording sales certification|multi-platinum , and in 2007, he was charted as the number-one best selling artist in the United States with over 21 million records in that country.cite web|url= http://www.thatjoshgrobanguy.com/ |title=That Josh Groban Guy |publisher=That Josh Groban Guy |date= |accessdate=2011-03-12cite web|url= http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php? resultpage=1& table=SEARCH_RESULTS& action=& title=& artist=JOSH%20GROBAN& format=& debutLP=& category=& sex=& releaseDate=& requestNo=& type=& level=& label=& company=& certificationDate=& awardDescription=& catalogNo=& aSex=& rec_id=& charField=& gold=& platinum=& multiPlat=& level2=& certDate=& album=& id=& after=& before=& startMonth=1& endMonth=1& startYear=1958& endYear=2011& sort=Artist& perPage=25 |title=Gold & Platinum � March 12, 2011 |publisher=RIAA |date= |accessdate=2011-03-12 To date, he has sold over 24 million albums worldwide,cite web|url= http://www.classical-crossover.co.uk/artprofiles/124-josh-groban.html/ |title=Josh Groban |publisher=Classical-crossover.co.uk |date= |accessdate=2011-03-12 and is the top selling classical artist of the 2000s in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan.cite web |url= http://www.billboard.com/charts-decade-end/classical-artists? year=2009 |title=Classical Artists Music Chart & #124; Billboard.com |work=billboard.com |accessdate=17 January 2012

Groban originally studied acting, but as his voice changed, it developed into a "significant instrument". Groban attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts|Los Angeles High School for the Arts , a free public school where students received a conservatory-style education. His life changed when his vocal coach, Seth Riggs, submitted a tape of Josh singing "All I Ask of You", from The Phantom of the Opera (1986 musical)|The Phantom of the Opera , to Riggs' friend, producer, composer and arranger David Foster .cite news| url= http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/28/arts/music-the-new-boy-wonder-of-the-voice.html? sec=& spon=& pagewanted=al | work=The New York Times | title=MUSIC; The New Boy Wonder of the Voice | first=Matthew | last=Gurewitsch | date=July 28, 2002Ruhlmann, William Allmusic|class=artist|id=p512890/biography|pure_url=yes "Josh Groban > Biography". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Foster called him to stand in for an ailing Andrea Bocelli to rehearse a duet, " The Prayer (Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli song)|The Prayer ," with Celine Dion at the rehearsal for the Grammy Award s in 1998. http://www.answers.com/topic/josh-groban "Josh Groban: Biography from Answers.com". answers.com. Answers Corporation. Rosie O'Donnell immediately invited him to appear on her talk show. Foster asked him to sing at the California Governor's Gray Davis ' 1999 inauguration.cite web|url= http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/josh-groban/bio/196649 |title=Josh Groban Biography |publisher=Tvguide.com |date=1981-02-27 |accessdate=2011-03-12 He was cast on Ally McBeal by the show's creator, David E. Kelley, performing "You're Still You" for the 2001 season finale.

Early life and education

Groban was born in Los Angeles , to Lindy (n�e Johnston), a school teacher and full time mother, and Jack Groban, a businessman.cite web|url= http://www.thatjoshgrobanguy.com/bio.php |title=That Josh Groban Guy |publisher=That Josh Groban Guy |date= |accessdate=2011-03-12cite news| url= http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/reviews/article-426651/The-popera-boy-struts-stuff.html | location=London | work=Daily Mail | title=The popera boy struts his stuff | first=Adrian | last=Thrills | date=January 5, 2007 He has a younger brother, Chris, who shares the same birthday, four years later. Groban's father was born Jew ish, and is a descendant of Russians|Russian and Poles|Polish immigrants;cite web|url= http://www.biggeststars.com/j/josh-groban-biography.html |title=Josh Groban � Biography |publisher=Biggeststars.com |date= |accessdate=2011-03-12 he converted from Judaism to Christianity when marrying Groban's mother.cite web|url= http://www.grobanarchives.com/transcripts/tra021213a.html |title=Dave 'Til Dawn |publisher=Groban Archives |date=2002-12-13 |accessdate=2011-03-12 Groban's mother's ancestry includes Norwegian American|Norwegian (from Toten ), German, and English; one of her own grandfathers had been Jewish.cite news| url= http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/movieawards/sundance/2008-01-20-sundance-concert_N.htm | work=USA Today | title=Josh Groban to sing at Sundance festival | date=January 21, 2008 | accessdate=May 7, 2010 | first=Michael | last=Cidonicite web|url= http://www.grobanarchives.com/transcripts/tra061107a.html |title=Josh Groban article |publisher=Grobanarchives.com |date=2006-11-07 |accessdate=2011-03-12 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/megan-smolenyak-smolenyak/10-things-you-didnt-know-_1_b_1016372.html Megan Smolenyak: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Josh Groban's Family Tree. Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved on 2012-01-11. Groban's parents practiced in the Episcopal (United States)|Episcopal Church. http://www.joshgrobanlive.com/bio.php "Bio". April 12, 2008. joshgrobanlive.com. AJT Enterprises.

Groban debuted as a singer in the fifth grade. His music teacher chose him to sing a solo of "S'wonderful" at the school's Cabaret Night, where he sang alone on stage for the first time. At this time, he was more focused on theatrical arts. In the summers of 1997 and 1998, he also attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts Camp in Michigan, majoring in music theatre, and began taking vocal lessons. Groban went on to attend the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a theatre major and graduated in 1999. He was admitted to Carnegie Mellon University , intending to study drama, but he left four months into his first semester. Offered a recording contract, he decided to pursue his singing career.

Music career

1998�2001: debut

In late 1998, the 17-year-old Groban was introduced by his vocal coach to Grammy Award|Grammy -winning producer/arranger David Foster and future manager Brian Avnet. At the time Groban had no recording experience and was preparing to begin studying at Carnegie Mellon University . Groban worked for David Foster as a rehearsal singer on a series of high-profile events, including the January 1999 inauguration of Gray Davis as Governor of California and the 41st Grammy Awards|1999 Grammy Awards where�as a stand-in for Andrea Bocelli �he rehearsed Foster's " The Prayer (C�line Dion and Andrea Bocelli song)|The Prayer " with Celine Dion|C�line Dion . According to manager Avnet, Groban was very nervous about standing in for Bocelli and had to be talked into it, but his performance prompted the show hostess, Rosie O'Donnell , to ask him to appear on The Rosie O'Donnell Show|her show the following week, which then led to an appearance on the Ally McBeal show.cite web |url= http://www.hitquarters.com/index.php3? page=intrview/opar/intrview_BrianAvnetInterview.html |title=Interview with Brian Avnet |publisher= HitQuarters |date=16 Feb 2004 |accessdate=21 Dec 2010 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, prompting 8,000 emails from viewers, that Groban was asked to return the next season to reprise his role and perform " To Where You Are ." Avnet claims this sequence of events effectively got Groban's career off the ground.

Groban was offered a recording contract at Warner Bros. Records through Foster's 143 Records imprint. Avnet told HitQuarters that Warner initially proved resistant to the deal because "They were afraid they wouldn�t be able to get a voice like that on radio." Explaining his reasons for signing the artist, 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."cite web|url= http://www.joshgroban.com/ |title=Official Josh Groban site |publisher=Joshgroban.com |date= |accessdate=2011-03-12 Under Foster's influence, Groban's first album focused more on classics such as "Gira Con Me Questa Notte" and "Alla Luce Del Sole."

Groban performed " There for Me (Sarah Brightman song)|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. (film)|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.

The singer's self-titled debut album Josh Groban (album)|Josh Groban was released on November 20, 2001. Over the next year, it went from Music recording sales certification|gold to Music recording sales certification|double-platinum . http://www.riaa.com/news/newsletter/120602.asp New Sets By Industry Vets Post Strong SalesDead link|date=August 2010 RIAA newsletter December 4, 2002

2002�05: Closer

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 Public Broadcasting Service|PBS special, "Josh Groban In Concert" (2002). In December 2002, he performed "To Where You Are" and sang " The Prayer (Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli song)|The Prayer " in a duet with Sissel Kyrkjeb� at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway. He joined The Corrs , Ronan Keating , Sting (musician)|Sting , Lionel Richie , and others for a Christmas performance at the Vatican City|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 (musician)|Nick Carter , Enrique Iglesias , and Celine Dion .

Groban's second album Closer (Josh Groban 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."

Two months after Closer was released, it rose on the Billboard charts from number 11 to number one. His cover of Brian Kennedy (singer)|Brian Kennedy 's " You Raise Me Up " became very popular on the Adult contemporary music|adult contemporary charts. Groban also performed the song "Remember" (with Tanja Tzarovska ) on the Troy (film)|Troy soundtrack, " Believe (The Polar Express song)|Believe " on the The Polar Express (soundtrack)|soundtrack to the 2004 animated film The Polar Express (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 Theatre (Los Angeles)|Greek , was released; it was also shown as a Great Performances special on Public Broadcasting Service|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; he was also nominated for a People's Choice Award in that year. His recording of " Believe (The Polar Express song)|Believe " secured a 2005 Academy Awards|Academy Award nomination for the song's two writers, Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri ,cite web|url= http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/oscarlegacy/2000-2009/77nominees.html |publisher=Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences|title=Nominees & Winners for the 77th Academy Awards (2005) |accessdate=2012-01-19 and earned them a Grammy Award|Grammy in the category Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media|Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media at the 48th Grammy Awards|ceremony held in February 2006 .Allmusic|class=album|id=r714374/charts-awards/grammy|pure_url=yes The Polar Express Grammy Awards AllMusic.com. Retrieved 19 January 2012.

2005�10: Awake

Groban earned his first Grammy Awards|Grammy nomination in 2005 for his single " You Raise Me Up ", in the category of "Best Male Vocal Performance". 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 (Josh Groban album)|Awake was officially released on November 7, 2006. 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"). As to his future, Groban is open to a plethora of possibilities. He said, "I am fortunate enough to have had many really big moments in my career. I think the mistake a lot of people in my position make is to always search for the next big thing. I am looking forward to playing some small theaters. I'm looking forward to writing more. I want to delve further into my acting career and explore some of the film and TV opportunities that I haven't had time for. My outlook is to expect the unexpected. And when the next step comes, I'm prepared to take it." Groban has also expressed an interest in performing on Broadway theatre|Broadway .cite web|url= http://www.notablebiographies.com/news/Ge-La/Groban-Josh.html |title=Josh Groban Biography � life, children, parents, school, mother, young, old, information, born, college |publisher=Notablebiographies.com |date= |accessdate=2011-03-12


Groban finished his fifth studio album, entitled Illuminations (Josh Groban album)|Illuminations , and the album was released on November 15, 2010.cite web|url= http://www.joshgroban.com/news/2010/08/31/new-album-illuminations-coming-soon |title=New Album Illuminations � Coming Soon& #33; & #124; Official Josh Groban |publisher=Joshgroban.com |date=2010-09-01 |accessdate=2011-03-12 Most of the songs on the album are about "specific situations that I've had where love has existed and ultimately failed," Groban told The New York Times , adding: "And other songs are about the quest, and it just not working out." Groban wrote 11 of the 13 songs on the album.cite web|url= http://www.accesshollywood.com/josh-groban-dishes-on-his-new-album-and-love-life-i-am-a-single-man_article_39697 |title=Josh Groban Dishes On His New Album & Love Life & #124; Access Hollywood � Celebrity News, Photos & Videos |publisher=Access Hollywood |date=2010-11-12 |accessdate=2011-03-12 The first single from the album, " Hidden Away ," was made available for free download via Facebook on September 8. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0041ZQ7P2 "Hidden Away", Amazon.com �For me to sit in a room with a piano in one take with some of Johnny Cash �s musicians � that was totally new for me.� Josh added. �and I think that excitement is on the record.� On October 12, a second single from the upcoming album, "Voc� Existe Em Mim", was made available on iTunes.cite web|url= http://www.joshgroban.com/news/new-song-voce-existe-em-mim-available-itunes-now |title=New Song "Voce Existe Em Mim" Available on iTunes Now & #124; Official Josh Groban |publisher=Joshgroban.com |date=2010-10-11 |accessdate=2011-03-12 This song is sung in Brazilian Portuguese and was written by Brazilian artist Carlinhos Brown . The Washington Post said: "Illuminations" is not a revelation, but it offers a perfectly fine, and often quite lovely, glimpse at a pop-classical crossover artist in the middle of crossing over."cite news| url= http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/15/AR2010111506565.html? hpid=sec-artsliving | work=The Washington Post | first=Allison | last=Stewart | title='Illuminations': Josh Groban is still a swell guy | date=November 16, 2010 Josh plans on making one more record with Rick Rubin .cite web|url= http://www.undercover.fm/news/13189-josh-groban-plans-more-records-with-rick-rubin |title=Undercover News: Josh Groban Plans More Records With Rick Rubin |publisher=Undercover.fm |date=2010-12-29 |accessdate=2011-03-12 Beginning May 12, 2011 and continuing through December of that year, Groban undertook the 81-city Straight to You Tour to promote Illuminations , encompassing appearances in North America, Europe, and South Africa.cite press release |title=Josh Groban Announces 2011 "Straight To You" World Tour |url= http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Josh-Groban-Announces-2011-Straight-To-You-World-Tour-1395413.htm |publisher= Marketwire |date=14 February 2011 |accessdate=9 March 2011

Notable performances

On April 14, 2008, Groban joined Idina Menzel for a Public Broadcasting Service|PBS Soundstage (TV program)|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.

In June 2007, Groban recorded a Christmas album in London with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Magdalen College, Oxford|Magdalen College Choir , which he discussed on the DVD from "The Making of No�l ". It was released on October 9, 2007, and is titled No�l (Josh Groban album)| No�l .cite web|url= http://www.joshgroban.com/node/298 |title='& #39;No�l'& #39; |publisher=Josh Groban |date=2007-11-20 |accessdate=2011-03-12 The album has been highly successful in the US, 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.Geoff Mayfield, http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3i5d843c633b3a476087429d3f17c2ef0e "Groban's 'Noel' Makes Chart History", Billboard.biz, December 18, 2007.

On July 1, 2007, Groban performed with Sarah Brightman at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium ; it was broadcast to over 500 million homes in 140 countries.

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

On May 12 and 13, 2008 At Royal Albert Hall, London, Groban performed as "The Russian" Anatoly Sergievsky; joining with Broadway stars Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal in " Chess in Concert " a live concert version of the musical Chess composed by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA fame. This performance has since been made into a DVD and CD recording.cite web |url= http://www.chessinconcert.com |title= Chess In Concert |accessdate=05-10-2011 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date= |work=|publisher=

On September 21, 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 .cite web |url= http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2008/11_november/17/variety.shtml |title=Royal Variety Performance 2008: all-star line-up unveiled for 80th anniversary show on BBC One |accessdate=06-01-2009 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date=2008-11-17 |work=BBC Press Office |publisher=BBC

On January 18, 2009, Groban performed as part of the Presidential Inauguration ceremonies, performing " My Country 'Tis of Thee " in duet with Heather Headley .Daunt, Tina (2009-01-17). http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/celebrity/la-et-cause17-2009jan17,0,5271793.story Inauguration revelers have plenty of events to choose from., Los Angeles Times . Retrieved on 2009-01-17.

On January, 19. 2009, Groban performed with Herbie Hancock as part of Feeding America's Rally Against Hunger in Washington DC. The event was also attended by Martin Luther King III and actor Ben Affleck .

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

Film and television appearances

Groban has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show six times, http://www.joshgroban.com/bio "Josh Groban Biography". Josh Groban. as well as on The Ellen Degeneres Show , Larry King Live , '' The Rosie O'Donnell Show , Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! , The Tonight Show with Jay Leno ,cite web|url= http://www.tv.com/the-tonight-show-with-jay-leno/simon-cowell-rob-schneider-josh-groban/episode/1203109/summary.html |title=The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Simon Cowell; Rob Schneider; Josh Groban Episode Summary on |publisher=Tv.com |date= |accessdate=2011-03-12 20/20 (US television series)|20/20 , Today (NBC program)|Today '', Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade , Super Bowl XXXVIII , and the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade, the Rockefeller Tree Lighting. He has also been a guest co-host on Live with Kelly|Live with Regis and Kelly many times from 2006 to 2012.

Groban played Malcolm Wyatt, a preacher's son, on Ally McBeal , episodes "The Wedding" and "Nine One One" (2001).

Groban has made two guest appearances on the series Glee (TV series)|Glee as himself. http://www.joshgroban.com/news/2010/04/16/josh-glee-season-finale Josh on the Glee Season Finale | Official Josh Groban. Joshgroban.com. Retrieved on 2012-01-11.

Groban appeared on BBC Two 's hit British music quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks . His first appearance was as a guest on Omid Djalili 's team. On December 21, 2010, he returned to Never Mind the Buzzcocks , this time as guest host/quiz master and ending the show duetting with Michael Ball (singer)|Michael Ball in a version of " I Dreamed a Dream " from Les Miserables (musical)|Les Miserables .

Groban appeared in The Office (U.S. TV series)|The Office as Andy Bernard 's brother in the episode " Garden Party (The Office)|Garden Party " (2011).cite web|url= http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/08/18/josh-groban-the-office/ |title=Josh Groban appearing on 'The Office' as Andy's brother |publisher= Entertainment Weekly |date=18 August 2011

On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, Groban appeared as a mystery guest star on the season 12 finale of Dancing With the Stars to surprise Petra Nemcova by singing "You Raise Me Up" to her dance. When she saw that it was he who was actually singing the song and not one of the usual performers, she momentarily was too stunned to continue dancing.

In the comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. , a film starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell , released on July 29, 2011, Groban played a character named Richard, a caddish and nerdy attorney.cite web|url= http://www.tribute.ca/movies/Crazy,+Stupid,+Love/cast/24044 |title=Crazy, Stupid, Love Cast and Actor Biographies & #124; Movie Cast and Credits |publisher=Tribute.ca |date= |accessdate=2011-03-12cite news| url= http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/arts/music/14groban.html? _r=1 | work=The New York Times | first=Nate | last=Chinen | title=Josh Groban's Album �Illuminations' | date=November 11, 2010

In 2012, he appeared in episode 5 of series 12 of the revived British comedy panel show Room 101 (TV series)|Room 101 .

Voice type

Various music critics have described Groban's voice in different ways, with some referring to him as a tenor http://www.joshgrobanlive.com/ "Josh Groban Fan Site". joshgrobanlive.com. AJT Enterprises. Retrieved June 4, 2008. http://www.reuters.com/article/musicNews/idUSN0562707520071205 "Groban leads U.S. pop charts in slow sales week". December 5, 2007. reuters.com. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved June 9, 2008. and others as a baritone .Davis, Love' http://www.thatjoshgrobanguy.com/ That Josh Groban Guy. Retrieved June 4, 2008.CBS Interactive Inc., http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/08/earlyshow/leisure/music/main3807792.shtml Josh Groban's "Full-Circle Moment", CBS early show. Retrieved June 9, 2008. In performance, Groban's music goes as low as G2 (as in the songs "To Where You Are" and "Higher Window") and extends up to at least Bmusic|b4 http://www.joshgrobanlive.com/faqs.php "FAQs and Facts". joshgrobanlive.com. AJT Enterprises. Retrieved June 5, 2008. (as heard in " You Raise Me Up " or in " February Song "). http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp? ppn=MN0045310& bl=/features/artists/groban_josh/& bd=Josh+Groban musicnotes.com sheet music. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 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.Suverkrop, Bard http://www.ipasource.com/baritone IPA Source, www.ipasource.com. Retrieved June 2, 2008.cite book
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There is currently no authoritative system of voice classification in non-classical music . The problem lies in the fact that classical terms are used to describe not merely various vocal ranges, but specific vocal timbres each unique to those respective ranges, and produced by the classical training techniques with which most popular singers are not intimately familiar and which are not universally employed by the few that are. In a 2002 New York Times article, Groban described himself as a "tenor in training".Gurewitsch, Matthew http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html? res=9C04E7D71538F93BA15754C0A9649C8B63& sec=& spon=& pagewanted=al "MUSIC; The New Boy Wonder of the Voice", The New York Times , July 9, 2008.


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 Annual Adopt-A-Minefield concert (2005), 2nd Annual Grammy Jam (2005), Live 8 (2005), The Heart Foundation Gala (2005), and David Foster and Friends Charity Gala (2006). He also sang a solo on the recording of We Are The World 25 for Haiti (2010). 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 (concerts)|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, Groban donated $150,000 to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to fund music education. http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/includes/gfi.asp? fileHandle=4547.asptopicID=2.topic Singer Josh Groban donates $150,000 to CMS On February 28, 2008, he appeared in http://www.onenightlive.ca/ 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 Health Sciences Centre|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".cite web|author=Started By |url= http://joshgroban.yuku.com/topic/7596/t/THANK-YOU.html? page=1 |title=Josh Groban Says Thank You to Fans |publisher=Joshgroban.yuku.com |date=2004-09-02 |accessdate=2011-03-12 For those who could afford the $1500 ticket, Josh Groban performed at the The Angel Ball on October 21, 2010. Proceeds went to the Gabrielles Angel Foundation for cancer research.josh-groban-in-national/josh-groban-announces-tour-and-upcoming-appearances


Some of Groban's musical influences have been Radiohead , Steve Perry (musician)|Steve Perry , Paul Simon , Sting (musician)|Sting , Peter Gabriel , Freddie Mercury http://gretawire.foxnews.com/2009/01/20/josh-groban-raw-and-uncut/ Fox News: Josh Groban Raw and Uncut Fox News.com Video interviewDead link|date=August 2010 and Bj�rk . He cites as vocal influences "anyone who told a story with their songs," including Mandy Patinkin , Klaus Nomi , George Hearn , and Luciano Pavarotti .cite web|url= http://www.olografix.org/hikrees/dfnet/html/readinterviews.php? ID=7 |title=On the Brink of Stardom: Josh Groban live Internet chat on ABCNEWS.com |publisher=Olografix.org |date=1999-02-22 |accessdate=2011-03-12

He was named the #1 Best Selling Artist of All Time on Barnes & Noble in 2007. Groban has sold more than 20 million albums in less than ten years.

In 2002, Groban was listed as "100 Sexiest Newcomer" and in 2008, he became one of People's "100 Most Beautiful People".

Personal life

Groban dated actress January Jones from 2003�06.cite web
| url = http://www.people.com/people/article/0,26334,1208272,00.html
| title = Josh Groban, January Jones Take a Breather
| date = 2006-06-26
| publisher = People (magazine)|People
| accessdate = 2008-01-29
Although maintaining a home in Los Angeles , he recently moved his primary residence to New York City , where he indicates that "dating can be very easy or very tough."cite news| url= http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2010-11-15-joshgroban15_st_N.htm? csp=34 | work=USA Today | first=Elysa | last=Gardner | title='Illuminations' casts Josh Groban in new light | date=November 15, 2010cite news| url= http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/arts/music/14groban.html | work=The New York Times | first=Nate | last=Chinen | title=Josh Groban's Album �Illuminations' | date=November 11, 2010


main|Josh Groban discography
  • 2001: Josh Groban (album)|Josh Groban

  • 2003: Closer (Josh Groban album)|Closer

  • 2006: Awake (Josh Groban album)|Awake

  • 2007: No�l (Josh Groban album)|No�l

  • 2010: Illuminations (Josh Groban album)|Illuminations

  • Concert tours

  • Closer Tour (2004�2005)

  • Awake Tour (2007)

  • Before We Begin (2010)

  • Straight to You Tour (2011)

  • References


    External links

    Commons category|Josh Groban
  • Official website| http://www.joshgroban.com/

  • http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm? colid=24083 BroadwayWorld: Idina Menzel & Josh Groban to Star in 'Chess' Musical UK Concert?

  • http://www.chessinconcert.com/ Chess in Concert (2008)

  • Brown, Bob. http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/2020/DailyNews/2020_joshgroban_020412.html "A Star in the Making: Who is Josh Groban? ."dead link|date=March 2011 ABCNews. com: 20/20

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  • http://www.virgin.com/music/red-room/josh-groban-birthing-illuminations/ Josh Groban video interview on Virgin Red Room

  • http://www.virgin.com/music/red-room/josh-groban-twitter-tea-at-virgin-social-marathon Watch Josh Groban make a northern cuppa in this exclusive interview with Virgin Red Room

  • Josh Groban
    Persondata | NAME =Groban, Josh
    | SHORT DESCRIPTION = American musician and actor
    | DATE OF BIRTH =February 27, 1981
    | PLACE OF BIRTH = Los Angeles , California , United States|U.S.

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