Josh Groban: Josh Groban
July 15, 2002
There are worse things in life than making your acting debut on the much ballyhooed season finale of Ally McBeal, though teen operatic baritone Josh Groban doesn't seem destined to encounter them anytime soon. As the awkward high school student-client who asks the typically romance-jinxed Ally to his senior prom, Groban performed this debut album's "You're Still You" (adapted from film-composing legend Ennio Morricone's Academy Award-nominated score for Malèna, with lyrics by Linda Thompson) as a heart-tugging, literal showstopper.
Response to the episode was so amazing that he received 8000 emails from fans. Prior to that, when Groban was just 17 (he's 20 now)when veteran producer-writer David Foster tapped him to fill in for Andrea Bocelli at rehearsals for the 1999 Grammys, where Groban found himself suddenly dueting with Celine Dion.
It's been a dramatic, speedy road to the top but Groban himself believes he still has a long way to go. When asked what style suits him best he says "People might want to classify me as operatic but I won't be touching arias for a long time. I want my voice to mature. I hope to to look back on my career five or ten years from now and see that I continued to grow as a singer. I would never want to be pigeonholed."