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Josh Groban

Joshua Winslow "Josh" Groban (born February 27, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. His first four solo albums have been certified multi-platinum, and he was charted in 2007 as the number-one best selling artist in the United States, with over 22.3 million records in the nation. To date, he has sold over 25 million records worldwide.

Groban originally studied acting, but moved to singing as his voice developed. Groban attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, a free public school on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles, where students receive a conservatory-style education. His vocal coach, Seth Riggs, submitted a tape of Groban singing "All I Ask of You" from The Phantom of the Opera to Riggs' friend, David Foster.

Foster called Groban to stand-in for an ailing Andrea Bocelli to rehearse a duet, "The Prayer", with Celine Dion at the rehearsal for the 1998 Grammy Awards. 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. He was cast on Ally McBeal by the show's creator, David E. Kelley, performing "You're Still You" for the 2001 season finale.

Josh recorded the song "Remember" for the movie Troy.
Josh's PBS special in 2002 was the number one selling DVD in 2002.
Josh sang at Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday celebration on June 27, 2008.
In high school, Josh performed in the musical "Fiddler on the Roof". He portrayed Tevye.
Josh is good friends with singer/actress, Mandy Moore.
Josh was nominated for a 2005 Critics Choice Award for Best Song for "Believe" which was featured in the movie The Polar Express.
Josh performed "The Prayer" with Charlotte Church at the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in 2002.
Josh has said that his musical influences are: Radiohead, Paul Simon, Sting, Peter Gabriel and Bjork.
Josh was in a Jimmy Kimmel video poking fun at actor Ben Affleck in 2008.
Josh recorded his Christmas Album Noel with the London Philharmonic and the African Children's Choir. The album was nominated for a 2008 Juno Award for International Album of the Year.
Josh has said that he wants to sing on Broadway one day.
Josh studied under vocal coach, Grammy-award winning producer, David Foster.
Josh performed in the Mermaid concert with Idina Menzel for Radio 2 BBC on February 16, 2007. He did a duet with Idina titled The Prayer.
Josh has sung with artists such as Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Charlotte Church, Sarah Brightman, The Corrs, Lili Haydn, Rhys Fulber and Lara Fabian.
Discography: Josh Groban Debut Album (2001), Josh Groban In Concert (2002), Closer (2003), Josh Groban: Live at the Greek (2004), Awake (2006), With You (2007) and Noel (2007).
Josh's favorite TV Shows include Dexter's Laboratory, Monty Python, The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live, Power Puff Girls, South Park, David Letterman and Conan O'Brien.
In 2004, Josh was nominated at the 47th Annual Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance for "You Raise Me Up" and he won.
Josh shares his birthday with his younger brother, Christopher, though he's four years younger.
Josh has a younger brother, Chris, who is a film student.
Josh had the honor of meeting Nelson Mandela when he visited South Africa.
Josh has his own charity, The Josh Groban Foundation.
Josh's fans can write to him at the following address: Josh Groban 137 N. Larchmont Blvd. #622 Los Angeles, CA. 90004
Josh was one of many artists to perform at Live 8 in Philadelphia (August 2005).
On October 22, 2005, Josh sang the National Anthem at the World Series in Chicago.
Josh enjoys writing poetry as well as lyrics to his songs.
Fans of Josh refer to themselves as "Grobanites."
Josh is Russian/Polish on his father's side and Norwegian on his mother's. Although his father was raised Jewish, Josh was raised Episcopalian.
Josh spent one year at Carnegie Mellon University. He disenrolled after he was offered a recording contract.
Josh's break-out role was on the hit comedy Ally McBeal in which he guest-starred as Malcolm Wyatt.
Josh attended Interlochen Camp for the Arts in Traverse City, Michigan.
VH1 produced an episode of All Access of Josh. It was titled "All Access Spotlight: Josh Groban."

 

 

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