One thing is certain about Josh Groban — his fans are more than ready for this new offering. They are numerous and fiercely dedicated, especially for an artist who is relatively new to stardom. And although in his younger years he did a few things that didn't get a lot of notice (including filling in as a rehearsal singer for Andrea Bocelli, a move that might have foreshadowed his future), he seemed to almost come from nowhere when his debut album, Josh Groban, appeared just five years ago. The album went double-platinum and he became a star, complete with his own PBS special. And he followed up in 2003 with his second album, Closer, which made it all the way to the top spot on the Billboard album charts.
Fans have eagerly but impatiently waited for his next album, and it's now about to become a reality. Due to be released November 7 on Reprise Records, Awake is sure to hit the charts strong and make a big impact. The album won't disappoint any of his many fans or potential new converts, who might already be enjoying the sound of similar singers, such as Bocelli or Russell Watson. It's skillfully put together with a rich and varied mix of songs, including some in English, Italian, and Spanish. Says Groban, "I learned from touring that my fans are really open-minded, musical, intelligent people and I feel like they want to come on this new journey with me."
Joining Groban on many of the songs (some of which he wrote) are talented artists ranging from Herbie Hancock to Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Other contributors include Dave Matthews, Glen Ballard, Eric Mouquet, John Ondrasik (Five for Fighting), Marius DeVries, David Foster, and Imogen Heap.