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Happy birthday, Josh Groban!

By Gavriella Tjandra,

Josh Groban turns 32 today!

Born in Los Angeles, CA, Joshua Winslow Groban debuted his singing talent in the fifth grade, when he was chosen to sing "S'Wonderful" on stage for the first time.

Groban then realized his love toward singing, and concentrated on theatrical arts, for which he attended a music theater camp and took vocal lessons.

Noting his potential, Groban's vocal coach, Seth Riggs, introduced him to high-profile musician David Foster. Foster put him as a rehearsal singer in reputable events, even a stand-in for ailing Andrea Bocelli for the 1999 Grammy Awards, to sing "The Prayer" with Celine Dion.

Even though he admitted to be very nervous while rehearsing, 1999 Grammy's host Rosie O'Donnell asked him to perform on her show the following week.

From his appearance on the comedienne's show, Ally McBeal producer created a character for him, Malcolm Wyatt. The character popularized him and even after he was off the show, the TV series producer received thousands of e-mails from fans.

Warner Bros Records then offered a recording contract to Groban, and he released his first self-titled album in 2001, which went from gold to platinum.

He then released Closer, an album which, according to him, reflected his personality better. In the Billboard charts it skyrocketed from number eleven to one. Two songs in the album, "You Raised Me Up," and "Believe" got him awards and nominations. He received a People's Choice Award nomination, Academy Award nomination, and Grammy Award.

He then produced three more albums, Awake, Illuminations and All That Echoes which had just been released this month.

He has so far sold 25 million records worldwide.

 

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