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Josh Groban
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Groban in February 2009
Background information
Birth name Joshua Winslow Groban
Born February 27, 1981 (1981-02-27) (age 40)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • record producer
Years active 1997–present

Joshua Winslow Groban (born February 27, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. His first four solo albums have been certified multi-platinum, and he was charted in 2007 as the number-one best selling artist in the United States, with over 22.3 million records. As of 2012, he had sold over 25 million records worldwide.

Groban originally studied acting, but moved to singing as his voice developed. Groban attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, a free public school on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles.

David Foster called Groban to stand in to rehearse a duet, "The Prayer", with Celine Dion at the rehearsal for the 1998 Grammy Awards. Rosie O'Donnell immediately invited him to appear on her talk show. Foster asked him to sing at the California Governor's Gray Davis' 1999 inauguration. He was cast on Ally McBeal by the show's creator, David E. Kelley, performing "You're Still You" for the 2001 season 4 finale.

Early life

Josh Groban in a concert
Josh Groban in concert at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall

Josh Groban was born in Los Angeles, California. Groban first sang in public when he was in the seventh grade. His music teacher chose him to sing a solo, where he sang alone on stage for the first time. At this time, he was more focused on acting. In the summers of 1997 and 1998, he also attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts Camp in Michigan, majoring in music theater, and began taking vocal lessons.

He went on to attend the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a theater major and graduated in 1999. He was admitted to and briefly attended Carnegie Mellon University, intending to study musical theatre, but left four months into his first semester after being offered a recording contract and deciding to pursue his singing career.

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