With so many recording artists from the 50s, 60s and 70s sharing the spotlight in 2014, it is a refreshing change to hone in on a performer from the 21st century who has skyrocketed his way to international stardom by way of his unique voice. Drawn to musical theater and opera, at the same time this artist also grew up listening to pop musicians. He was especially interested in artists "who decided not to settle into one particular musical style—people like Paul Simon, who took folk music and put African music on top of it."
Welcome into the Spotlight...
"I'd like to be able to say that I put my foot in a little of everything, but that I did it intelligently. And if I make mistakes, I want to know that I learned from them."
In 2001, Josh Groban burst onto the scene with his self-titled debut album Josh Groban which went double-platinum. He subsequently became a music phenomenon with musical genres to his credit including easy listening, vocal, operatic pop and pop rock. To date, Groban has sold more than 24 million albums worldwide and is the top selling classical artist in the U.S. of the 2000s.
At the age of seventeen, Josh Groban unexpectedly partnered with Celine Dion to sing "The Prayer." This might be the most heavenly duet on earth!
Josh Groban is not a typical twenty-something pop singer, and record store owners have had a tough time deciding just what bin to put his CDs in. Many of his songs are contemporary romantic ballads, but Groban, who is classically trained, also performs opera and sings classical songs in Italian, Spanish, and French. Regardless of the fact that he defies classification, Groban's fans number in the millions, and they have no problem locating or buying his music. Since bursting on the scene with his debut album in 2002, the gangly Groban has become a music phenomenon. He was the best-selling new male artist of 2002, and since then he has toured the world, performing to record-breaking crowds of all ages. Read more:
2008 Josh Groban was America's top selling artist of 2007. The 26-year-old whose hits included 'You Raise Me Up' had the best-selling album January 2, 2008 with the Christmas compilation Noel, which sold close to 3.7 million copies. The second biggest seller was the soundtrack for Disney's High School Musical 2. The Eagles were 2007's biggest selling group with sales of 3.58 million albums.
Yes! It really happened...
1968 The entire shipment of John and Yoko's album 'Two Virgins' was seized by authorities in New Jersey due to the full frontal nude photograph of the couple on the cover. The album was eventually wrapped in plain brown paper in record stores.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...