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Josh Groban - The Singer

Updated on December 9, 2007

Josh Groban is the singer who sang "You Raise Me Up". His big career break came in 1998 when he sang "The Prayer" with Celine Dion at the Grammy rehearsals. After a string of television appearances and a recording contract, in 2001, he released his self titled debut album consisting of songs in English and Italian. He also appeared in a small role on the tv series Ally Mcbeal starring Calista Flockhart that same year. He released "Josh Groban in concert" in 2002 and his 2003 appearance on the PBS program "Great Performances" was a great hit, especially among fervent fans known as Grobanities. In Nov 2003, he released his second album "Closer" which skyrocketed from number 11 to the top spot on the billboard charts. He has also recorded "The prayer" with singer Charlotte Church. In 2006, he released his third studio album "Awake", featuring guest appearances by the vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.


Josh Groban was born in Los Angeles, California, to a Jewish American father and a Norwegian American mother. Groban debuted as a singer in seventh grade, but soon put it on hold for a few years saying that he wanted to get his grades up. While at Bridges Academy, Groban took normal classes from 9:00 am until 1:00 PM, and then afterwards attended theatre classes.

In 1997 and 1998, Groban attended the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, majoring in musical theater, which is also when he began taking voice lessons outside of school. In late 1998, the 17-year-old Groban was introduced by his vocal coach to Grammy-winning producer/arranger David Foster. Groban worked for Foster as a rehearsal singer on a series of high-profile events, including the 1999 Grammy Awards where, as a stand-in for Andrea Bocelli, he rehearsed Foster's "The Prayer" with Céline Dion and the January 1999 inauguration of Gray Davis as governor of California.Groban attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a theater major and graduated in 1999 and then attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, studying drama.


Groban performed for many charity events that included VH1 Save the Music (2005), Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope (2005), Fifth Adopt-A-Annual Minefield concert (2005), 2nd Annual Grammy Jam (2005), Live 8 (2005), The Heart Foundation Gala (2005), and David Foster and Friends Charity Gala (2006). 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, a campaign to help raise Global awareness of HIV/AIDS in Africa. On April 25th, 2007, Josh Groban performed with the African Children's Choir on American Idol, Idol Gives Back episode.


Some of Groban's musical influences have been Radiohead, Paul Simon, Sting, Peter Gabriel, and Björk. He says he is able to look up to anyone, musically, who has pushed the boundaries and stepped outside of the box. Groban has never been married and does not have any children. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.


Groban has not been the subject of much tabloid fodder, but an image of the perfect, angelic classical artist painted by a sect of fans known as Grobanites recently took a hit when Groban was interviewed and photographed by Blender Magazine. Groban candidly admitted to having tried pot once, using the 'F' word, and a taste for casual sex in the form of "booty" calls. In another recent article in the Los Angeles Daily News, Groban made no apologies for the shocked reactions from Grobanites: "My press has not emphasized a lot of personality stuff," he was quoted as saying. "It's been a lot more about the seriousness of the music, or whether or not people like the music."

He also makes no apologies for trying new sounds in his music saying that there will be a specific time and place if and when he decided to tackle something different. But in the meantime, he has just been experimenting and trying things that work for his voice.


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      sminut13 7 years ago from singapore

      hi bettie thanks for responding. i agree, friends shouldn't be just for benefits.

      and thanks larchinski. i wouldn't say he's my favourite as i don't really have any. but i agree that he does try new sounds.

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      Sherrie D. Larch 7 years ago from Northern California

      Awesome article. He is one of my favorite singers, I like that he likes to try new sounds.

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      Bettie 8 years ago

      OK, trying pot, no big deal. I've tried it. Also, who doesn't let the "F" bomb fly once in a while and he is a guy. But I'm having trouble understanding what "booty calls" have to do with someone wanting their "personality stuff" to come out? This is part his personality? Josh was quoted "It's been a lot more about the seriousness of the music or whether or not people like the music." I thought that was what it was all about! The MUSIC! Does Josh make his music to possibly enrich lives or to get "booty calls"? I teach health/life classes to highschoolers and casual sex 9 times out of 10 goes bad for them. STD's are on the rise, humiliation, etc. I just think it is unfortunate Josh thinks casual sex, friends with benefits(yes he has them) and booty calls are a good way to go. This part of his life should be kept private, but I see that he chooses to note/brag in interviews to show he has this "edge".

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      sminut13 8 years ago from singapore

      haha yep, to each his/her own i say^_^ but truthfully, i'm not sure if i would too, i mean characters like his that i read in some comics, i'm attracted, but reality wise, not sure and i bet, my parents wld be shocked as well ehehe

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      AJHargrove 8 years ago from USA

      I for one am not attracted to the bad boy type. His music is extraordinarily sweet, but I probably wouldn't want to hang out with him.

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      sminut13 9 years ago from singapore

      yep true missjoyce. no one is perfect. some people are actually more attracted to the bad boy type hehe

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      missjoyce 9 years ago

      heyy, so what??? josh has an edge, that's hot! What were you expecting? He's not perfect and he never tried to be. Finally, the bad boy is coming out of him. Let him live, I think it just makes him more attractive.

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      sminut13 9 years ago from singapore

      haha you're right uninvited writer. no matter what, celebrities are still humans too thanks for your comments. it's much appreciated. have a good day

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      Susan Keeping 9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Well, he's hardly "sludge". Oh My God! He smoked pot and has sex... oh...and he swears... So, basically he is like most guys you'll meet anywhere...even in the White House.

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      sminut13 10 years ago from singapore

      lol sorry to busrt ur bubble.

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      Viole 10 years ago

      Thanks for bursting my bubble. I thought there was at least one man on earth with some common sense. Guess Josh isn't any better than the sludge that gropes their way through life on the everyday street. YUCK!

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      sminut13 10 years ago from singapore

      thanks lots. had to do some research though since i wasn't that familiar. hope the link was helpful to you also.

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      ejcooksey 10 years ago from Mo, USA

      What an awesome job you did on this hub! Thank you very much!