Josh Groban's AWAKE Tour Returns to U.S.
Multi-platinum singer Josh Groban will be heading back to the U.S. in July to continue part two of his hugely successful AWAKE Tour, it was confirmed today by Reprise Records.
Groban, who has been performing all over Europe and Australia in conjunction with his worldwide hit album "AWAKE" (currently No. 12 in the UK), will be resuming his performances in the States beginning July 17 in Greenville, SC.
The AWAKE Tour's first leg has played in over 25 American cities to over a million and a half rabid fans. "He's a crooner with the power to knock the arena senseless," raved the NY Times about his Madison Square Garden appearance.
Groban's "AWAKE" CD has sold over two million copies and debuted on the Billboard pop charts at No. 2. The 26-year-old Los Angeles native, whose international record sales have topped 15 million copies, stormed onto the music scene in 2001 with the release of his self-titled album. The follow up CD "CLOSER," which included the smash hit single "You Raise Me Up," further cemented Groban's phenomenal success.
With two PBS specials and appearances on major TV shows including "Oprah," "Today Show," "Conan O'Brien," and "Good Morning America," amongst many others, including the Closing Ceremonies of the Salt Lake City Olympics, which was seen by over two billion people, Groban's classically influenced pop sound has won him critical raves and devoted fans across the globe.
NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 08, 2007 --
"Awake" is Josh Groban's third studio album. For Grobanites, his uplifting music rises ever higher on Awake.
Click image to listen to music samples from the CD. Amazon.com:" Josh Groban is making it hard for anybody who can't say "classical crossover" without smirking to maintain an acceptable level of snobbery. Awake, his third studio disc and arguably his most personal--he co-wrote four tracks and favors his native English over Italian--boasts as many bold names as any tricked-out hip-hop disc: Dave Matthews, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Imogen Heap, and Herbie Hancock contribute in various capacities, and a slew of behind-the-scenes collaborators best known for their work in mainstream pop circles deepen the dimensions of a style widely considered claustrophobic. For all the studio doors that got opened to create Awake, though, Groban's signature sound never once slipped out to take the air; "the voice"--that hypnotic, spun-silk wonder of an instrument--is as concentrated as ever, and Awake, in addition to showing off its many splendors, serves as a vehicle for parading its versatility around. While "Un Giorno Per Noi," the deeply romantic theme to the 1968 film Romeo E Giulietta, delivers the Groban that fueled the sale of 16 million previous discs to soft-hearted fans, "Machine," with Hancock, gives up a new form of funk: dignified, classy, and surprisingly unstiff. --Tammy La Gorce
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