Groban's 'Awake'
By Cathalena E. Burch
Latest CD more evidence of his prodigious talent Give Josh Groban his props: How many 26-year-old pop singers can stand before an audience and sing from the heart the inspirational words "Don't give up / It's just the hurt that you hide" then segue into a stirring operatic aria?

That's the first five minutes. A few more classical turns, a dip into the Great American Songbook and a few self-penned purely pop gems, including a sultry love song that casts Groban watching "the morning dawn upon your skin / A splinter in the light / It caught and frayed the very heart of us."

Hot stuff.

Now for the goosebumps: Groban sings an adaptation from the soul-arresting "A Time for Us" from the 1968 movie "Romeo and Juliet," in Italian, with a soaring string section part pop, part opera.

Yep, goosebumps.

Groban is on the road promoting his latest CD, the critically acclaimed "Awake," which features several self-penned songs including the love song "Now or Never" and the piano ballad "February Song."