After a whirlwind year and a half following the release of his 2015 album Stages, multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban closes out 2016 with a lot to celebrate, including a No. 1 single on the Adult Contemporary radio chart with “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” He also scored a 2017 Grammy Award for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” for his album Josh Groban: Stages Live and earned rave reviews for his Broadway debut in the hit show Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.
Groban ends 2016 having scored his sixth No. 1 single on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart with his new version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” In 2007, he topped the same chart for three weeks with his rendition of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” Groban is also starring in the hit Broadway musical, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 – his Broadway debut, which has earned him glowing notices. The New York Times raved that “Josh Groban is absolutely wonderful…he invests his singing with the pain and frustration that define Pierre. And his acting is superb, as he all but trembles with the existential despair that courses through Pierre’s veins.” Time Out NY said: “Josh Groban plays the melancholy Pierre with intensity and a simply ravishing voice.”
In April 2015, Groban released his seventh studio album Stages – a collection of some of the greatest musical theater songs of all time. It was certified gold and earned Groban his second Grammy Award nomination for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.” (His first was for 2007’s best-selling Christmas album Noel – the second best-selling holiday album of the Nielsen Music era.) In February 2016, Groban released the CD/DVD Stages Live, which featured his performances of the songs from Stages recorded at the Los Angeles Theater in downtown L.A. for a PBS special entitled Josh Groban: Stages Live. The album has earned Groban a 2017 Grammy nomination for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.”
Groban toured extensively in support of Stages and Stages Live between September 2015 and August 2016, including hitting the road for the extensive North American tour Josh Groban: On Stage.
Groban graced the cover of the New York Times Arts & Leisure section this past Sunday with a feature about how he underwent “boot camp” to prepare for his role as Pierre in The Great Comet.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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