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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 27 February 1981Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameJoshua Winslow Groban
Nickname Golden Grobes
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Josh Groban was born on February 27, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Joshua Winslow Groban.

Trivia (9)

Was enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University
When David E. Kelley witnessed the audience reaction to Josh singing at California. Gov. Gray Davis' Inaugural, he wrote Josh into an Ally McBeal (1997) show where the audience in the show exhibits the same reaction to his voice. His character of Malcolm Wyatt was so popular that he was asked to come back the next season to reprise his role.
He was first "seen" when he stood in for Andrea Bocelli to sing "The Prayer" with Céline Dion at the 1998 Grammy rehearsals. This led to the MC for the Grammys that year, Rosie O'Donnell, to invite Josh to appear on her show.
Josh and his younger brother, Chris Groban, were born on the exact same day, 4 years apart.
Josh's father is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family (from Ukraine and Russia). Josh's father converted to Christianity when he married Josh's mother. Josh's mother has English, German, Ashkenazi Jewish (from her own maternal grandfather), and Norwegian (from her own maternal grandmother) ancestry. Josh's Norwegian-American great-grandmother had family from Toten, Norway. Josh was raised an Episcopalian.
Went to Bridges Academy in Los Angeles,CA
Good friends with Mandy Moore.
Attended the Los Angeles County High School For The Arts with Dayna Price.
Performed the role of 'Tevye' in "Fiddler On The Roof" at The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

Personal Quotes (9)

[in 2001 interview] I sang all my life. My parents had me singing around the house when I was younger. I'm not from a showbiz family or anything. It's just something I enjoyed doing. When I started getting into seventh or eighth grade, I became part of the theater program. I went to L.A. County High School for the Arts and did more singing there. It's really something I did on the side and then I met David Foster. I was working with a voice teacher who was a friend of the family's. David . . . called him and told him he needed a singer for an event he was doing. That's how that started.
[People Weekly, 6/21/04] I hope to break through the Top 40, not by changing what I do but by changing the way people think.
The shower is my time to open up my operatic chops, because of the enormous echo. You sound five times as big in the shower, so I break into some "Nessun Dorma" [from Giacomo Puccini's "Turandot"] or Pearl Jam. You've got to go big when you're in the shower. There's no half-singing in the shower, you're either a rock star or an opera diva.
No matter what your age and no matter where you come from, everyone can change the world in some way, whether it's being a mentor to someone younger than you or someone that doesn't have as much experience as you. If you're passionate enough, you can do whatever you want and definitely change the world.
My mom gets two Christmas trees every year. She loves them and had too many ornaments for one, so she gets two. If you can walk through the hallway without getting stuck in the eye by a pine needle, then it can't be Christmas.
My relationship with David Foster is arguably better than it's ever been. He's always been a wonderful friend and mentor, and we've always known from the beginning that sometimes we'll work together and sometimes we won't. We have a much more meaningful relationship in each other's lives that goes far beyond whether we make an album together or not.
[on working with producer Rick Rubin on "Illuminations"] The co-writing was a bit of a surprise for me. I trust Rick's ear tremendously and I trust his ability to take any style of music - and my style was completely new to him - and put it through his filter. I think his motto for me was "I know you can sing your ass off. I want these songs to be coming from you rather than just being presented by you as a vocalist".
Half of my brain has always been about the seriousness of music, about singing my guts out, and about trying to elevate the song to a place there's no laughter allowed. At least not on purpose. And then the other side of me doesn't take myself seriously at all and is a complete goofball, and loved playing theater games with my improv team when I was younger. I think it's trying to be intelligent about when and where you let those sides of you shine.
[on the death of James Gandolfini] Thank you James Gandolfini for some of the most brilliant TV moments of all time. So sad!

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