Josh Groban is an operatic artist from Los Angeles. Even though he originally studied theater and acting, Groban quickly embraced singing as he developed throughout his school years. Groban has also sold over 25 million records to date, having four platinum-ranked albums and with six total albums available at retail.
During his younger years, he spent a great deal of time in theater—he attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a theater major and graduated in 1999. Though he had great interest in acting, he found that he could sing back in the fifth grade when he was set to perform solo on stage. That still didn’t keep him from pursuing a career in theater as he attended Carnegie Mellon University, but he dropped out and was offered a recording contract from Warner Bros. Records, which altered his career path.
Fast forward to a couple years, Josh Groban has become a huge success in a genre that’s not so popular. His attention to his music and vocal style helped invigorate the classical genre, creating a new fan base. One of his first, larger performances was on the show Ally McBeal where he performed “To Where You Are.” He has sung alongside greats such as Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Don Henley and has performed at various benefit shows: The Andre Agassi Grand Slam For Children, CapCure, and Muhammad Ali’s Fight Night Foundation. These performances ended up being the precursor to his debut album.
Groban released his debut, self-titled album on November 20, 2001 and within a year it went double-platinum. He went on to perform with other large artists such as Celine Dion, Nick Carter, and Enrique Iglesias. He also performed the “Believe” on The Polar Express soundtrack, which the song’s writers (Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri) were nominated for an Academy Award, and covered Linkin Park’s song “My December”—which took a rock ballad and put a more classical feel on it with orchestration. Groban released his sophomore album, Closer, on November 11, 2003 and sold 375,000 copies in its first week. Groban also was nominated for a Grammy in 2005 for his single “You Raise Me Up.”
Groban has ensured his position in the music industry by doing something most artists wouldn’t dream of trying: performing an operatic, classical style of music for the modern American audience. In an industry crowded with rock bands, pop artists, country stars, and rappers, it’s difficult delving into niche genre, but Groban has proven that it is very possible to make the genre viable again. His latest album, All That Echoes, was released February 5, 2013 and sold 141,000 copies in its first week.