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is set to appear on Barbra Streisand’s duet album, set to come out later this year!

What an exciting time for music & WallyWorld Studios. Currently producing, arranging and working with some of the biggest names in music business. Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Lionel Richie, Babyface, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Michael Bublè, Lady Gaga, Bette Midler, Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncè, Billy Joel, John Mayer.
New Duets Album

Co producing with Kenny “babyface” Edmonds the new Barbra Streisand duets album. Which will feature singers and musicians like Lionel Richie, Babyface, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Michael Bublè, Lady Gaga, Bette Midler, Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncè, Billy Joel, John Mayer and many others…

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On May 12th, Josh Groban launched the North American leg of his 2011 "Straight To You" World Tour and is receiving some of the best reviews of his career. With a set designed by the award-winning British multi-media creative and digital agency Knifedge, which has pioneered the use of projection with live theater events, the tour gives fans the feeling of an intimate theater setting through stage design, lighting, and projection, as well as through the spontaneity and interactivity Groban delighted his fans with during last year’s "Before We Begin" shows. Groban is not only performing an ever-changing set-list of fan favorites from his best-selling albums and his recent platinum-seller Illuminations, he is also taking questions from the audience via text, which concert-goers are given instructions on how to send before and during each show. Read what the critics have had to say so far about "Straight To You"…. "Groban’s genuine boy-next-door demeanor in the midst of violins, french horns, percussion, cello, piano, guitars, bass and drums makes him and his music all the more endearing. He appears truly comfortable performing, like it’s his second home." – The Dallas Morning News "Listening to Groban’s commanding tenor navigate ‘Oceano’ and ‘Alla Luce,’ for example, was to us the same as admiring a painting at the Museum of Fine Arts — it wasn’t necessary to understand the lyrics to understand the song. … Sometimes beauty, in and of itself, can be both motive and reward. And regardless of the context you’re coming from, it can be pretty inspirational, too." – Houston Press "Groban has boyish charm that belies his big voice. If you want to dismiss him as popera, be my guest; but do take a moment to listen to his voice sometime, just for its qualities and tone, and tell me it doesn’t draw you in." -Dallas Voice "Impeccable vocals, wit, make Groban concert memorable. Groban proved to be quite the showman, but his vocals truly made the show memorable. He managed to belt powerful and enunciated lyrics, then quickly switch to a soothing falsetto. Few performers have the ability to perform that way live without a hitch." – Wichita Eagle "That had been one of the purposes of the stage set created for his ‘Straight To You’ tour — to allow for more interaction between Groban and his fans, whether it be answering questions audience members could text in before the show or getting down among the adoring. But it’s simply the case of a talented artist putting his instrument to its best and most effective use. And Groban sings with such obvious emotion and sincerity — not to mention skill — that it’s difficult not to be won over." – Tulsa World

On May 12Josh Groban launched the North American leg of his 2011 “Straight To You” World Tour and is receiving some of the best reviews of his career. With a set designed by the award-winning British multi-media creative and digital agency Knifedge, which has pioneered the use of projection with live theater events, the tour gives fans the feeling of an intimate theater setting through stage design, lighting, and projection, as well as through the spontaneity and interactivity Groban delighted his fans with during last year’s “Before We Begin” shows. Groban is not only performing an ever-changing set-list of fan favorites from his best-selling albums and his recent platinum-sellerIlluminations, he is also taking questions from the audience via text, which concert-goers are given instructions on how to send before and during each show.

Read what the critics have had to say so far about “Straight To You”….
“Groban’s genuine boy-next-door demeanor in the midst of violins, french horns, percussion, cello, piano, guitars, bass and drums makes him and his music all the more endearing. He appears truly comfortable performing, like it’s his second home.” – The Dallas Morning News

“Listening to Groban’s commanding tenor navigate ‘Oceano’ and ‘Alla Luce,’ for example, was to us the same as admiring a painting at the Museum of Fine Arts — it wasn’t necessary to understand the lyrics to understand the song. … Sometimes beauty, in and of itself, can be both motive and reward. And regardless of the context you’re coming from, it can be pretty inspirational, too.” – Houston Press

“Groban has boyish charm that belies his big voice. If you want to dismiss him as popera, be my guest; but do take a moment to listen to his voice sometime, just for its qualities and tone, and tell me it doesn’t draw you in.” Dallas Voice

“Impeccable vocals, wit, make Groban concert memorable. Groban proved to be quite the showman, but his vocals truly made the show memorable. He managed to belt powerful and enunciated lyrics, then quickly switch to a soothing falsetto. Few performers have the ability to perform that way live without a hitch.” –Wichita Eagle

“That had been one of the purposes of the stage set created for his ‘Straight To You’ tour — to allow for more interaction between Groban and his fans, whether it be answering questions audience members could text in before the show or getting down among the adoring. But it’s simply the case of a talented artist putting his instrument to its best and most effective use. And Groban sings with such obvious emotion and sincerity — not to mention skill — that it’s difficult not to be won over.” – Tulsa World

Josh Groban Gearing Up for May 12th Kick-Off of North American Leg of His 2011 "Straight To You" World Tour

This week, Josh Groban begins rehearsals for his first full-scale global arena tour in four years: The 2011 “Straight To You” World Tour. The North American leg kicks off May 12 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and visits cities across the U.S. and Canada before culminating in a celebratory show at New York City’s legendary Madison Square Garden on November 14.

With a set designed by the award-winning British multi-media creative and digital agency Knifedge, which has pioneered the use of projection with live theater events, the tour will give fans the feeling of an intimate theater setting through stage design, lighting, and projection, as well as through the spontaneity and interactivity Groban delighted his fans with during last year’s “Before We Begin” shows. Groban will not only perform an ever-changing set-list of favorites from his best-selling albums, including his self-titled 2001 debut, 2003’s Closer, and 2006’s Awake, as well as songs from his recent platinum album Illuminations, he will also take questions from the audience via text, which concert-goers will be able to send before and during each show.

“Gearing up for a tour, there is always the anticipation of something special; the excitement of traveling across the country and the world, of meeting and sharing with the fans, of exploring musical worlds in a way not possible in the studio,” Groban says. “It is the most fun I have in my whole career and I want it to be the most fun my fans have as well. The Straight To You Tour will be all about this goal.”

Josh Groban Announces Tour Dates and Ticket On-Sale Dates for His 2011 "Straight To You" World Tour

On Valentine’s Day, Josh Groban thrilled fans by announcing the launch of his 2011 World Tour on NBC’s The Today Show. Now, the multi-platinum recording artist has announced the North American tour dates and ticket on-sale dates for the “Straight To You” Tour, which visits cities across the U.S. and Canada beginning May 12th in New Orleans. In addition to the three dates announced previously (Dallas, Kansas City, MO, and Moline, IL), confirmed dates are listed below, along with ticket on-sale dates. More upcoming dates will be announced soon. For further information, please visit http://www.joshgroban.com. This is Groban’s first full-scale global arena tour since 2007, when the internationally renowned singer and songwriter hit the road for his hugely successful, sold-out 81-city Awake World Tour.

The “Straight To You” Tour will bring the feel of a theater experience to an arena setting through stage design, lighting, and projection, as well as through the spontaneity and interactivity Groban delighted his fans with during last year’s “Before We Begin” shows, in which he solicited feedback from the audience on which songs should be included in the set-list. As a result, for the “Straight To You” shows, Groban will continue to interact with audiences and perform favorites from his best-selling albums, including his self-titled debut, Closer, and Awake, as well as songs from Illuminations.

Released by 143/Reprise Records on November 15th, Illuminations debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart (Groban’s fourth consecutive Top 5 chart bow), selling 191,337 units in its first week. Entertainment Weekly declared that “Illuminations might be Groban’s handsomest effort yet.” USA Today raved: “Illuminations yields glowing music. Sturdy, deeply personal statements, brimming with poignancy.” The New York Times also praised the album, saying it “showcases Mr. Groban’s songwriting” and “reflects the conviction that gallantry can also be pensive and uncertain.”

Groban recently performed the National Anthem at the 60th Annual NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. He will be a guest-host on Live with Regis & Kelly on March 4th.

Josh Groban Announces Exclusive Live-Streaming Concert Event for Fans Who Purchase Physical Copy of New Album "Illuminations"

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A very special concert and Q&A with internationally renowned singer and songwriter Josh Groban will be broadcast live on Upstream exclusively for fans who purchase a physical CD copy of Groban’s new album Illuminations. The concert and interactive Q&A will take place on December 2nd at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

Fans who purchase the Illuminations CD, which will be released by 143/Reprise Records on November 15th, should look for a sticker on the album that will include a special code that is needed to view the live stream of this special one-time-only event. This is the first time an artist has offered consumers the opportunity to watch an intimate online performance of the songs on the album they have just bought and is Groban’s way of giving his devoted fans more value for their purchase.

Groban recently performed several intimate shows, featuring just him on piano and accompanied by his guitarist as a way to involve the audience in the initial planning stages of his Illuminations World Tour in 2011.

The 29-year-old Los Angeles native displays both artistic and personal growth on Illuminations — the rewardingly surprise-filled result of the unexpected teaming with veteran producer Rick Rubin, known for his iconic work with Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, and the Dixie Chicks, among many others.

The unprecedented partnership saw both Groban and Rubin stepping out of their respective zones to come together and create an entirely new zone where art meets intimacy and immediacy meets timelessness. Most importantly, Groban — who ranks as Billboard Magazine’s 14th top-selling artist of the 2000s with more than 20 million units in the U.S. alone — was free to express himself at his fullest by tapping into a new range of expression and emotional connection with lyrics drawn straight from the heart. Lead song “Hidden Away,” which is currently available from all digital service providers, provides the album’s emotional and artistic center — its plea for a romantic ideal given a musical setting that highlights the raw honesty and natural gifts of Groban as a singer, musician, and writer.

Groban first broke through in 2001 with his self-titled 5x-platinum self-titled debut, followed by 2003’s 5x-platinum Closer and 2006’s 2x-platinum Awake. In 2007, Groban became the best-selling recording artist of the year thanks to sales of Awake and his blockbuster 5x-platinum Christmas album, Noël, which spent five consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. Groban and his recordings have been nominated for more than a dozen awards including an American Music Award, a World Music Award, a Juno Award, two Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award for “Believe” from the 2005 film Polar Express. He has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.

Josh Groban Announces "Before We Begin" Four Intimate Special Shows

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Internationally renowned singer and songwriter Josh Groban has announced that he will perform four intimate live concerts in November, three in California and one in Connecticut, leading up to the release of his fifth studio album, the eagerly anticipated Illuminations, which is due from 143/Reprise Records on November 15th, 2010.
 
Groban has decided to perform these intimate shows, which feature just him on piano accompanied by his guitarist, with a specific goal in mind: To involve the audience in the initial planning stages of his Illuminations World Tour in 2011.

Says Groban, “Going on tour involves so many steps to get ready for what people eventually see as the big production. The first step is simple. I sit down in my living room at the piano and play. I try to explore the songs in a different light and also just practice as much as possible to get the songs in my hands and voice. I also think about playing songs I haven’t played on tour in years. And then I might bring in my guitarist to work more songs out. All of this happens before we move it into a more formal rehearsal space with the full band and orchestra. However, this time around, I want to try something different. I want to bring my Living Room to you. I want the “first step” for this tour to be in front of you.”

Illuminations

Josh Groban To Release Long-Awaited Fifth Studio Album

Already one of the most acclaimed and beloved singers and songwriters around the world, Josh Groban breaks new ground of artistic and personal growth with his long-awaited fifth studio album, Illuminations, to be released on November 15th, 2010, from Reprise Records. The album is the rewardingly surprise-filled result of the unexpected but stimulating teaming with veteran producer Rick Rubin, known for his iconic work with Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash and Dixie Chicks among many others.

This unprecedented partnership saw both Groban and Rubin stepping out of their respective zones to come together and create an entirely new zone where art meets intimacy and immediacy meets timelessness. Most importantly, Groban – who ranks as Billboard Magazine’s 14 top-selling artist of the 2000s with more than 20 million units in the U.S. alone — was free to express himself at his fullest by tapping into a new range of expression and emotional connection with lyrics drawn straight from the heart. Lead song “Hidden Away,” went to radio September 13, one of six co-written by Groban and Dan Wilson (former leader of the band Semisonic and co-writer of several cuts on the Dixie Chicks’ Not Ready to Make Nice), provides an emotional and artistic center, its plea for a romantic ideal given a musical setting highlighting the raw honesty and natural gifts of Groban as a singer, musician and writer.
“These are my stories,” says Groban, who co-wrote eleven of the thirteen songs on the album. “For every one of these songs, someone’s going to know it’s about them. I’m going to get a text message about every one! This is a very personal record.”

    Elsewhere Groban makes his first foray into singing Portuguese on the vibrant “Voce Existe Em Mim (You Exist In Me),” returns to the more familiar Italian language with “L’Ora Dell’Addio” (a lush collaboration with the great composer/arranger Walter Afanasieff and lyricist Marco Marinagneli), paints a loving portrait of the Big Apple with “The Bells of New York City,” with and offers his own, highly personal take on Nick Cave’s poetic and passionate “Straight to You.”

“Josh is a one-of-a-kind artist and he works in a genre I have never worked in before,” says Rubin. “So there was a great excitement discovering our ‘way in’ to get to his essence and make a fine art album unlike any he has made before.”

For most of the songs, Rubin devised a setting to maximize the honesty and spontaneity of the performances. Recording live with Groban playing piano and singing alongside acoustic guitarists, Matt Sweeney, Smokey Hormel, and iconic organist Spooner Oldham also played on several tracks. From those sessions, multi-hued orchestrations were crafted by David Campbell for nine songs and James Newton-Howard for two, while Brazilian great Carlinhos Brown created the dynamic setting for “Voce Existe Em Mim (You Exist In Me)” in his Bahia home, including the power of an all-girl drum corps – the only drums on the album.

The partnership of Rubin and Groban developed organically and out of deep mutual respect. After an exploratory meeting, both were eager to take on a full album project. “From Day 1 it wasn’t about anything to prove, but two people finding a place to work together – two scared people,” Groban quips. 


“We wanted to find our line … and walk past it. From Rick’s view the grandness was something we wanted to embrace. I was given the very lofty task of having more responsibility on this album than I’ve ever had. The bar was set high from the beginning. That’s why it took so long. But I can say that more of me went into this record than anything I’ve done.”

Illuminations was three years in the making, but the writing and recording came in bursts of creativity as Groban busied himself with other projects, including starring in a 21st-anniversary performance of the cult musical Chess at London’s Royal Albert Hall, performing a comic medley of well-known TV theme songs at the 60Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, duetting with Heather Headley at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, guest starring twice on Fox’s hit show Glee, and filming a role in Crazy Stupid Love, a motion picture comedy starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, and , due in spring 2011.

The 29-year-old Los Angeles native first broke through in 2001 with his self-titled 5x-platinum debut, followed by 2003’s 5x-platinum Closer and 2006’s 2x-platinum Awake. In 2007, Groban became the best-selling recording artist of the year thanks to sales of Awake and his blockbuster 5x-platinum Christmas album, Noël, which spent five consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. Groban and his recordings have been nominated for more than a dozen awards including an American Music Award, a World Music Award, a Juno Award, two Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award for “Believe” from the 2005 film Polar Express. He has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.
Illuminations

Josh Groban’s First Single "Hidden Away" From Renowned Vocalist’s Long-Awaited Fifth Album, Illuminations

“Hidden Away,” the first new original song from internationally renowned vocalist and songwriter Josh Groban goes to radio September 13 and will be available for purchase through online retail September 14.  “Hidden Away” is the first single from Groban’s long-awaited fifth studio album, Illuminations, which will be released this fall on 143/Reprise Records.

On Illuminations, Groban worked  with veteran producer Rick Rubin, known for his critically acclaimed work with Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, and Dixie Chicks among many others. Groban co-wrote the majority of the songs, including “Hidden Away,” which he wrote with Dan Wilson — former leader of the band Semisonic and co-writer of several cuts on the Dixie Chicks’ Not Ready to Make Nice. “Hidden Away” was recorded live with Groban singing and playing piano, Matt Sweeney and Smokey Hormel on acoustic guitars, and veteran R&B icon Spooner Oldham on organ, with a striking orchestral arrangement by David Campbell added later. The opening piano chords and the unfolding melody evoke a timeless Americana, a thread from Stephen Foster through Aaron Copland through Paul Simon and Randy Newman, as Groban makes a heartfelt plea not to hide true love or one’s true self.
Illuminations finds both Groban and Rubin stepping out of each one’s respective zone and creating an entirely new zone. The bracing result fulfills Rubin’s vision of a “fine art” Groban record, marrying the warmth of the sweeping American roots of Groban’s writing and the grandeur of classical settings by matching the live, one-take performances by Groban and the intimate, core acoustic band with colorful orchestral arrangements by David Campbell and James Newton Howard.
Illuminations was three years in the making, but the writing and recording came in bursts of creativity as Groban busied himself with other projects, including starring in a 21st-anniversary performance of the cult musical Chess at London’s Royal Albert Hall, performing a comic medley of well-known TV theme songs at the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, duetting with Heather Headley at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, guest starring twice on Fox’s hit show Glee, and filming a role in Crazy Stupid Love, a motion picture comedy starring Steve Carell and Julianne Moore, due in spring 2011.
The 29-year-old Los Angeles native first broke through in 2001 with his self-titled 5x-platinum debut, followed by 2003’s 5x-platinum Closer and 2006’s double-platinum Awake. In 2007, Groban became the best-selling recording artist of the year thanks to sales of Awake and his blockbuster 5x-platinum Christmas album, Noël, which spent five consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. Groban and his recordings have been nominated for more than a dozen awards including an American Music Award, a World Music Award, a Juno Award, two Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award for “Believe” from the 2005 film Polar Express. He has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.
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