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Josh Groban image courtesy of 2b Entertainment
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Josh Groban heralds two decades of 'Closer' with release of 20th anniversary deluxe edition


Fri, Nov 17th 2023 10:00 am

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Hot off the heels of his recent Grammy-Award nomination for “Sweeney Todd” (Best Musical Theater Album), multi-Platinum award-winning singer, songwriter, actor and global superstar Josh Groban commemorates two decades of his six-times-Platinum blockbuster breakout album, “Closer,” with “Closer 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” out now on 2-CD and digital, as well as limited-edition orange vinyl 2-LP. Listen here.

This enhanced version of his sophomore opus features the album remastered for the first time and boasts six rare or unreleased bonus tracks. These have never been previously released on vinyl or digitally. Among these additions is a recently recorded, stirring and soulful reinvention of the classic track, “Broken Vow (Vocal/Piano Version)” featuring David Foster on piano. Listen here and watch a live performance video here.

The performance was recorded during the filming of an interview and documentary about the making of the album. “Twenty Years Later: A Closer Conversation with Josh Groban and David Foster” is available to watch now on YouTube here.

This collection also includes an epic, never-before-heard extended version of “You Raise Me Up” and “Mi Morena.” The official video for “You Raise Me Up” has also been beautifully remastered in HD. Watch here.

Anchored by emotion, drama and romance in equal measure, the Nov. 11, 2003, release of “Closer” cemented Groban as a generational voice. Upon arrival, the LP bowed at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and later rose to No. 1, becoming his first of three career No. 1 entries on the respective chart. To date, it has reached six-times-Platinum status for sales in excess of 6.1 million units, while the Billboard Hot 100 hit single “You Raise Me Up” also went triple-Platinum.

A true global phenomenon, the album has touched millions worldwide with Groban delivering half of the songs in English and notably performing the rest in either Italian, Spanish or French. It has also generated over half a billion streams and counting.

More About Josh Groban

Tony, Emmy, and four-time Grammy Award-nominated singer, songwriter, actor and philanthropist Groban possesses one of the most outstanding and instantly recognizable voices in music. Moreover, he continues to captivate fans everywhere as both a powerhouse vocalist and dynamic renaissance man. He has sold over 35 million albums worldwide, headlined legendary venues on multiple continents, and entertained audiences with acclaimed film and television appearances.

His catalog spans a series of chart-topping blockbuster albums, including “Josh Groban” (five-times-Platinum), “Closer” (six-times-Platinum), “Noël” (six-times-Platinum), “Awake” (two-times-Platinum), “Illuminations, All That Echoes” (Gold), “Stages” (Gold), his first UK No. 1 album, “Bridges,” and his most recent release, “Harmony.” Along the way, he has packed arenas throughout North America, Europe, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Asia.

Extending his repertoire, Groban made his Broadway debut in 2016 with a starring role in “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.” He garnered a Tony Award nomination for Best Lead Actor In A Musical. He has expanded his presence with appearances on “Glee,” “The Simpsons,” “The Office,” “CSI: NY,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “The Crazy Ones,” as well as in the feature films “Coffee Town,” “Muppets Most Wanted” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” In addition, he starred in the Netflix series “The Good Cop” in 2018.

Groban maintains his position as the consummate American showman. In 2022, he returned to the hallowed stage of Radio City Music Hall for his “Great Big Radio City Show” residency and launched a nationwide live tour. Groban also starred in ABC’s special “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration” as none other than the Beast in December.

This past spring, Groban took to Broadway once again, performing in the highly anticipated revival of “Sweeney Todd,” playing the title role which earned him a Tony nomination and widespread acclaim.

He remains an active arts education philanthropist and advocate, and his Find Your Light Foundation helps enrich the lives of young people through arts, education, and cultural awareness.

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