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Singing sensation JOSH GROBAN has garnered a worldwide audience with a rare mix of talent and style that is equal parts star power and boy-next-door appeal. His follow-up Reprise Records release, Closer, features the single "You Raise Me Up" along with twelve other distinctive tracks, including three original songs by the young artist. Co-produced by David Foster, Walter Afanasieff, and Eric Mouquet, Closer boasts a guest artist roster led by violinist Joshua Bell and the innovative French duo Deep Forest. His live performance at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles was released as a CD and DVD combination by Reprise Records in 2004.
Since the release of his extraordinarily successful 2001 self-titled debut album, featuring the international hit "To Where You Are," Groban has become a musical phenomenon, selling millions of albums worldwide and making scores of televised appearances, most notable his 2003 PBS Great Performances special, which itself became a No. 1 selling DVD and the best-selling long form music video of 2002. His appearance at the closing ceremonies of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics was seen by over a billion people, many of whom were instantly converted into avid "Grobanites," as the artist's fans around the globe have affectionately dubbed themselves.
It was in 1998 that Groban's vocal abilities began to attract professional attention. "I was studying with a vocal coach who knew David Foster," Groban recounts, "and David called and told me he needed a singer right away for an inaugural program for the Governor of California." A month later Groban was called again to fill in for Andrea Bocelli to sing "The Prayer" at a Grammy rehearsal. The then-17-year-old Groban sped down to the auditorium, where he sang the Oscar-nominated song. "The whole experience was unreal," remembers Groban. Shortly thereafter, the singer received news that he had been selected for Carnegie Mellon's prestigious musical theater department. But at that moment, Warner Bros. Records offered the artist a recording contract. Work began immediately on a debut album, and the final result, Josh Groban, features operatic perennials alongside a memorable reworking of Don McLean's "Vincent" and a Richard Marx original, "To Where You Are."