With his flawless lyrical baritone, Josh Groban is known around the world as a classically influenced pop singer. Over the past five years, the Los Angeles native has become an international superstar, selling more than 23 million albums and filling every arena on his 81-city 2007 Awake World Tour. He was also the best-selling recording artist of 2007 thanks to sales of his double-platinum 2006 CD Awake and his blockbuster Christmas album, Noel. Recorded in June 2007 with the London Philharmonic, the stunning collection of holiday classics sold 4 million copies in the U.S. alone — making it the best-selling album of 2007 — and spent five consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, breaking a holiday album record previously held by Elvis Presley.
His career began to take flight after being cast on Ally McBeal to perform “You’re Still You” for the show’s 2001 season finale. After an enormous fan response, Groban was asked to return the following season to reprise his role and perform "To Where You Are." Warner Bros. Records soon offered Groban an exclusive recording contract with renowned producer David Foster at the production helm. Six months after its release, his debut album, Josh Groban, went double-platinum and has now sold nearly 5 million copies in the U.S.
Groban continued building momentum and recognition through a series of high-profile concert appearances, including the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, and a Christmas performance at the Vatican in Rome. Later that year, Groban released his second album, Closer, which sold 375,000 copies in its first week and skyrocketed to No. 1 two months later thanks to the single “You Raise Me Up” — a track that earned Groban a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Closer went on to spend an astonishing 62 weeks on the Billboard Pop chart.
Though just 28, Groban has dueted with some of the most celebrated recording artists in history, including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman (at Princes William and Harry’s Concert for Diana in London in 2007). Groban sang at the closing ceremony for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and his recordings have been nominated for more than a dozen awards including the American Music Award, World Music Award, a Grammy Award, and an Academy Award for his performance of “Believe” from Polar Express.
In 2006, Groban released Awake and proved his versatility as an artist by co-writing and co-producing several songs on the album, including “February Song.” Featuring collaborations with Dave Matthews, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Herbie Hancock, Imogen Heap, Glen Ballard, and John Ondrasik’s Five for Fighting, Awake represented a creative leap forward for Groban, which paid off when the album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. It has now sold more than 2 million copies in the U.S.
In 2008, Groban showed no signs of slowing down as he performed at a special live event at the Sundance Film Festival entitled “Where Music Meets Film.” In April, Groban joined Paul Simon for his “Love in Hard Times: The Music of Paul Simon” concert series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In May, Groban appeared as “The Russian” in a 21st-anniversary concert performance of the cult musical Chess, opposite Idina Menzel, at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
He also released his third live DVD (following 2002’s Josh Groban in Concert and 2004’s Live at the Greek), Awake Live gives listeners a sense of Groban’s astonishing body of work. It captures his spirit and vitality
throughout an electrifying performance in August 2008 in Salt Lake City.
But for all of his success, Groban remains intent on staying connected: not only to his voice and to his songs, but also to his fans. On his future, Groban is open to a host of possibilities. “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.”