Singer Josh Groban

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on August 11, 2002

A young man named Josh Groban was featured on Ally McBeal in a couple of episodes. He has such a beautiful voice. Has he recorded any CDs, and if so, what are the titles and type of music?
—Mary P., Tennessee

Twenty-one-year-old Josh Groban recently released his first, self-titled album, filled with songs of all types in both English and Italian. He's joked that nobody knows what bin to put his album in since it includes such a variety of music—ballads, classical, and opera— but he describes it as pop. Groban, a Los Angeles native, has been training his voice since he was a child but only started to view his talent seriously after attending the prestigious Interlochen Arts Program. Word of his singing soon reached producer and songwriter David Foster, who asked Groban to perform at the California governor's inauguration. He did so well that a month later Foster called him again—this time asking him to sing with Celine Dion at rehearsals for the 1999 Grammys. Just 17 at the time, he ably handled the Andrea Bocelli part on the duet, The Prayer. Next came the role in Ally McBeal, which was so successful that he returned for a second episode. Groban also sang The Prayer with Charlotte Church at the closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. He hopes to go on tour this fall.