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Born in Los Angeles, Josh Groban began to take singing seriously when he enrolled in the prestigious Interlochen Arts Program. "I started taking music lessons on the side," he recalls. "I was very much into musical theater. I had a pretty good baritone voice, so I began acting and singing in school productions."
In 1998 Groban began studying with a vocal coach who knew producer, writer, and arranger David Foster. One day Foster called the coach and said he needed a singer right away for an event he was putting on for the governor of California's inauguration. Groban sent in a tape, and the next thing he knew he was rehearsing for the event. Next Foster enlisted Groban to fill in at the 1999 Grammy rehearsals for Andrea Bocelli, who wasn't able to attend the practice session.
"The whole experience was unreal," remembers Groban. "David invited me back to the dress rehearsal, and there I was sitting in the front row watching Aerosmith and Madonna." The Grammy host for that year, Rosie O'Donnell, noticed Groban in the audience of the dress rehearsal and booked him for her TV show on the spot.
Groban briefly attended Carnegie Mellon's prestigious musical-theater department, but when a group of Warner Bros. executives told Foster they were interested in signing him to a record deal, he decided to put school on hold to pursue his singing career. He performed with Sarah Brightman on her 2000/2001 La Luna Tour. He also appeared twice on the FOX television program Ally McBeal, performing "You're Still You" and "To Where You Are" from his debut CD. An additional song, "For Always (Duet)," performed by Groban and Lara Fabian, appeared on the soundtrack for Steven Spielberg's A.I. Groban recently sang "The Prayer" with Charlotte Church at the closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
For more information about Groban and to listen to his new album online, visit http://www.joshgroban.com/.
Photos courtesy of Jay Blakesberg.