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Josh Groban - Touching the Soul - Healing the Grieving Heart

Updated on April 23, 2012

A Voice to Soothe the Grieving Heart

The first time I realized the healing effect of listening to Josh Groban sing was watching him sing 'To Where You Are' on an episode of Ally McBeal in 2001. David E. Kelly wrote the special Christmas episode as a tribute to those who had died on September 11th.

Josh has gone on to sing many other songs which have helped to soothe a grieving heart and been called upon to sing them during other times of loss and challenge, like singing You Raise Me Up as a tribute to the Columbia Astronauts.

In the Ally McBeal episode a very young Josh Groban sang the moving and uplifting song, 'To Where You Are' at a funeral.

  • Fly me up to where you are
  • Beyond the distant star
  • I wish upon tonight
  • To see you smile
  • If only for awhile to know you're there
  • A breath away's not far
  • To where you are
For any one who has experienced the loss of a loved one, the thought of that loved one only being "a breath away" can be very comforting. 

For the Holiday Season 2007, Josh released the much anticipate Christmas album entitled Noel. Included on the album was his new version of the classic Bing Crosby song, "I'll Be Home for Christmas." When I first listened to Josh's new version I was moved to tears and still tear up a bit nearly every time since.

Photo Source: © 2007 Shou-ping Yu. From 8/3/07 - The AWAKE Tour in Hershey, PA. Used with Permission.

  • True creativity quite simply starts with balancing your emotions and activating the power of the heart.
  • Through practicing emotional management from the heart, you tap into the highest form of creativity possible-recreating your perceptions of reality.
  • Doc Childre

Photo Source: Keeandra. Still in My Heart. Royalty Free Use.

The Voice of Josh Groban - A Gift of Healing

A Collection of Inspiring, Soothing and Healing Songs

I first saw Josh Groban in Concert on one of the first performances of the Closer Tour. The concert was in the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, a smaller venue. His was in an incredible, mind-blowing performance.

As I watched this young singer, I realized I was witnessing something truly remarkable, the sharing of an amazing gift with the audience...the gift of song, the gift of his voice.

Watching Josh sing, you can feel his passion for performing and for sharing his gift and feeling that voice and the spirit of the music resonate in the heart. I also realized as a bereavement expert, the healing effect that his voice could have on others grieving a loss, as those listening to his music may begin to heal their grief.

This is a collection of the songs that Josh Groban has sung and performed that I have found to be the most inspirational, the most soothing and the most healing for anyone who has experienced a loss.

Photo Source: © 2007 Shou-ping Yu. From 7/21/07 - The AWAKE Tour in Atlantic City, NJ. Used with Permission.

A List of the Healing Songs by Josh Groban - Songs that Touch the Soul - Heal the Grieving Heart

This is a list of all of the songs featured on this site by Josh Groban.

  1. To Where You Are
  2. The Prayer - With Celine Dion
  3. The Prayer - With Charlotte Church
  4. The Prayer - With Angie Stone
  5. You're Still You
  6. The National Anthem
  7. For Always - With Lara Fabian
  8. You Raise Me Up
  9. Remember When it Rained
  10. Vincent
  11. In the Arms of an Angel - With Sarah McLachlan
  12. Smile
  13. The Music of the Night
  14. Don't Give Up, You Are Loved

Josh Groban - Soothing the Grieving Heart

A Donation To the Believe Birthday Auction 2005

With beautiful photographs from Shou-ping Yu, I created and donated several Josh cards for the Believe (2005) auction. I wrote the haiku that was incorporated into this image.

These cards along with several special Believe Packages are listed on the Grobanites for Charity Page of Special Thanks.

Photo Source: © 2005 Shou-ping Yu. Josh Groban - Photos by Ping. Used with Permission.

Josh Groban - I'll be Home for Christmas on YouTube

Josh sings I'll be Home for Christmas on Good Morning America. He also introduces some military families.

This clip starts on a silly note, with Josh giving his impression of Alvin and the Chipmunks. You get to experience his sense of humor and his gift of charity.

Josh Groban Albums Available on Amazon

To Where You Are - Comforting Those Who Grieve

Others Thoughts on the Comforting Words

David E. Kelly wrote the special Christmas episode as a tribute to those who had died on September 11th. In the episode Josh portraying Malcolm Wyatt sang the uplifting song, 'To Where You Are' at a funeral.

  • "To Where You Are" brings such comfort to a grieving heart.
  • Our loved ones who have passed really are just a breath away.
  • Brown Betty
Source: Brown Betty. The Baton. May 20, 2005.

To Where You Are - A Tribute to Someone Who is No Longer Around

Beautiful video version featuring Josh Groban with flashbacks about a loved one who is not longer around.

Supporting the Josh Groban Foundation and Grobanites for Charity

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While Josh Groban's songs may not be on a list of recommendations by music therapists (yet) as songs that soothe the heart, many people recognize the calming, soothing, healing effects of his songs and his voice.

Several of Josh Groban's earlier songs have been included on a Music for the Grieving Heart compiled for the Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center, Survivor's After Suicide Program.

This collection of Songs that Touch the Heart - Heal the Spirit on this lens will stand as another list of recommendations.

Photo Source: © 2007 Shou-ping Yu. From 7/30/07 - The AWAKE Tour in Uncasville, CT. Used with Permission.

Music to Soothe the Grieving Heart - Compiled by Lois A. Bloom in memory of her Son Samuel C. Bloom, III

This list was compiled for the Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center, Survivor's After Suicide Program.

The Prayer - Version 1 - Josh Groban with Celine Dion

A big break for Josh when Andrea Bocelli was unable to perform at the 1999 Grammy Awards. A sampling of the beautiful lyrics, some of which are performed in Italian.

  • Let this be our prayer
  • As we go our way
  • Lead us to a place
  • Guide us with your grace
  • To a place where we'll be safe

The Prayer - Version 2 - Josh Groban with Charlotte Church

This is also the song that the two performed at the closing ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

The Prayer - Version 3 - Josh Groban with Angie Stone

The version with Angie Stones is featured in the Concert album.

The National Anthem - Concert for America - Marking the First Year Anniversary of September 11, 2001.

  • Today we mourn the lost, honor the living and celebrate the character of our country and the creativity of our people.
  • President George W. Bush
This is Josh Groban's Moving Performance of the National Anthem from the Concert for America.

You're Still You - Josh Groban in Concert

The first song performed by Josh Groban in the role of as Malcolm Wyatt on the season finale of Ally McBeal in 2001.

The moving lyrics on coping with pain, sadness and loss:

  • You walk past me
  • I can feel your pain
  • Time changes everything
  • One truth always stays the same
  • You're still you
  • After all
  • You're still you

For Always - Josh Groban and Lara Fabian

For Always was the theme from the movie "A.I. - Artificial Intelligence" recorded by Josh Groban and Lara Fabian, a song about a love that endures...beyond time, beyond space, for always.

  • For always
  • Forever
  • For us there's no time and no space
  • No barrier love won't erase
  • Wherever you go
  • I still know in my heart you'll be here

You Raise Me Up - Musical Tribute

"You Raise Me Up" Official Music Video by Josh Groban.

You Raise Me Up

A Song of Courage and Hope

Josh Groban version of "You Raise Me Up" reached the top of the Billboard AC Charts and remained there for 6 weeks. He also gave a special surprise performance for Oprah Winfrey's 50th birthday in 2004.

Josh's recording also was nominated for a 2005 Grammy award.

The moving and inspiring lyrics:

  • When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
  • When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
  • Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
  • Until you come and sit awhile with me.
  • You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
  • You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
  • I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
  • You raise me up: To more than I can be.
Josh sang You Raise Me Up at Super Bowl XXXVIII as part of NASA Tribute 2004 to the Columbia Astronauts. Josh Groban moving performance the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster was a very touching moment and a moving tribute to honor those lost.

Remember When it Rained - Written by Josh Groban

One of my favorite melancholy song. The music written by Josh is beautiful. This has been one of my daughters favorite songs to sing (since it was one of the earlier ones just done in English).

  • Remember when it rained.
  • I felt the ground and looked up high
  • And called your name.
  • Remember when it rained.
  • In the water I remain
  • Running down

"Vincent" is a song written by Don McLean as a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh. It is often referred to as "Starry, Starry Night."

Josh Groban is among many artists who have recorded a version of this sad song. His version appears on his debut album. It continues to be a popular song in concert.

  • Now I think I know what you tried to say to me,
  • How you suffered for your sanity,
  • How you tried to set them free.
  • They would not listen, they're not listening still.
  • Perhaps they never will...

Image Source: Images. Starry Night. Vincent van Gogh, 1889.

Josh Groban - Vincent - Meaningful Lyrics for Survivors of Suicide

Josh Groban's version of "Vincent" is featured as a one of the songs with meaningful lyrics on the Suicide Prevention Center website, in the Music Bibliography for a Grieving Heart.

  • And when no hope was left in sight
  • On that starry, starry night,
  • You took your life, as lovers often do.
  • But I could have told you, Vincent,
  • This world was never meant for one
  • As beautiful as you.

In the Arms of an Angel - Josh Groban with Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan's "In the Arms of an Angel" has been one of my favorite bereavement and grief songs. The imagery of someone being carried off in the arms of an Angel is a very healing one.

  • You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
  • You're in the arms of an Angel;
  • may you find some comfort here
This duet performance combines two of my favorites - Josh Groban and Sarah McLachlan from the Live8 Concert in Philadelphia.

Smile Though Your Heart is Aching

An Inspirational Song to Help You Through the Tough Times

It interesting that a song written over 70 years ago can still work to heal the heart. This underscores the universal nature of loss and power of words to bring a bit of hope during difficult matter how old or when the loss occurred.

  • Smile though your heart is aching;
  • Smile even though it's breaking.
  • When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by.
The music for "Smile" was written by Charlie Chaplin and lyrics by John Turner & Geoffrey Parsons in 1936.

Smile When Your Heart is Breaking - A beautiful version of Charlie Chaplin's song, "Smile"

These is a good Video clip to bookmark as a favorite to play again on those days when you are feeling a bit blue.

  • If you smile through your fear and sorrow,
  • Smile and maybe tomorrow,
  • You'll see the sun come shining through for you.

Josh Groban as Phantom of the Opera - The Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera

Perhaps these lyrics help to explain the appeal that Josh and his music has for so many fans...

  • Softly, deftly,
  • music shall surround you . . .
  • Feel it, hear it,
  • closing in around you . . .
  • You alone can make my song take flight -
  • help me make the music of the night . . .

Don't Give Up, You Are Loved - An Inspirational Song During Times of Challenge

A good song to be playing for anyone grieving a loss, a reminder to not give up during challenging times that family and friends will be there to help you through the darkness.

  • It's just the weight of the world
  • When your heart's heavy
  • I will lift it for you
  • Don't give up
  • It's just the hurt
  • That you hide
  • When you're lost inside, I
  • I'll be there to find you

Josh Groban Songs Featured as the Music for a Grieving Heart - Compiled by Lois A. Bloom in memory of her Son Samuel C. Bloom, III

The list of Josh Groban Songs featured as part of the "Music Bibliography for a Grieving Heart."

  1. The Prayer - Josh Groban & Celine Dion

    An example of Spiritual Music

  2. The Prayer - Josh Groban & Charlotte Church

    An example of Spiritual Music

  3. You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban

    An example of Spiritual Music

  4. Vincent, Starry, Starry Night - Josh Groban

    An example of Music with Meaningful Lyrics

  5. You're Still You - Josh Groban

    An example of Music with Meaningful Lyrics

  6. To Where You Are - Josh Groban

    An example of Music that reminds one you may meet in the future

Josh Groban Web Resources - Main Websites for Josh Groban

For more information about Josh Groban, scheduled performances, news about the tour or to become a Friend of Josh Groban start at these Josh Groban sites.

A special thanks to Shou-ping Yu for once again allowing the use of her incredible photographs of Josh Groban.

Ping has an amazing gift for capturing the true spirit of Josh the artist, Josh the person and Josh the singer.

Have you been touched by the music of Josh Groban?

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      @junecampbell: It was one of his earlier roles.

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      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      This is a wonderful lens about my favorite singer. I did not realize that Josh Groban sang in an Ally McBeal episode. Interesting.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens. Josh is a great singer. Like how you went into great detail.

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      6 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I remember watching him on Ally McBeal too. I also remember Celine Dion in an interview telling how they sent this kid in to sing warm-ups with her, and how she was just blown away with his voice. On top of that, he appears to be such a nice human being too.

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      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I'm a huge fan of Josh Groban. Thanks for this great lens. I am going to nominate it for a purple heart.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens

    • MelonyVaughan profile image


      7 years ago

      Josh has the voice of an angel. Beautiful lens!

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      serenity4me lm 

      7 years ago

      Love the lens. Josh Groban has such an unbelievable beautiful voice that touches the soul. My husband especially like the Prayer song with Charlotte Church, but my fav is the You Raised Me Up. Either way, I think his music is beautiful.


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