Josh Groban: A Collection
Jazz News
October 25, 2008
Grammy-nominated Josh Groban is a global phenomenon with 25 million album sales behind him, yet in the UK his adoration is limited to those in the know. That adoration is set to spread to his widest audience to date when he issues 'A Collection' on December 1st on 143 Records / Reprise.

Still only 27, 'A Collection' highlights Josh Groban's undeniable talent and the songs that have made him a household name in America. The album includes Josh's version of 'You Raise Me Up', the first version of the song to have become a major hit before it was later covered by Westlife, 'Anthem', recorded for live as a special anniversary performance of Chess at the Royal Albert Hall and 'To Where You Are', that he performed before a global audience at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert.

'A Collection' also features a live version of 'Weeping' recorded with Soweto Gospel Choir at the Mandela Concert in Hyde Park and fan favourites 'Oceano' and 'In Her Eyes'.

Released ahead of Christmas, it's fitting that 'A Collection' also features a second CD highlighting festive songs such as 'Silent Night', 'Little Drummer Boy' and 'Ave Maria'.

"Throughout the last seven years, I have had an extraordinary journey, " Groban says. "One that I could never have expected and one that has allowed me to expand my musical craft while travelling the globe. It is with great pleasure that I am able to release this collection of some of my favourite moments from that journey. This two-CD set is a thank-you to my friends and fans everywhere. I sincerely hope you enjoy."

Josh Groban's three studio albums to date - 'Josh Groban' (2001), 'Closer' (2004) and 'Awake' (2006) - have all peaked within the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 as he has accumulated 25 million album sales. His popularity is also evidenced through the additional success of three live albums ('Josh Groban in Concert', 'Live At The Greek' and 'Awake Live') and the Christmas set 'NoŽl'. The continued sales success of 'Awake' and 'NoŽl' made Groban America's biggest selling artist of 2007.

A major draw during his extended US arena shows, Josh Groban's most recent UK live performances including a performance at Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday Celebration in London and the leading role in two special anniversary performances of Chess at the Royal Albert Hall. Groban has also performed at the Super Bowl, the Grammy Awards and the Concert for Diana. He has also collaborated or performed with artists including Paul Simon, Imogen Heap, Herbie Hancock, Dave Matthews and Sarah Brightman.