With his sixth album, All That Echoes, Josh Groban has at once built on the touchstone artistry that has made him a global pop star for more than a decade and expanded his ambitious reach into richly rewarding new territory.
The inspiring first single “Brave” shows off his accomplished, personal songwriting as one of seven songs on the album he co-wrote. And inspired choices of other’s songs, from the Academy Award-winning “Falling Slowly” from the movie and Tony Award-honored spin-off Broadway musical Once to Stevie Wonder’s “I Believe” through his continued explorations of the poetry of Spanish (“Un Alma Mas,” featuring Cuban-born trumpet great Arturo Sandoval) and Italian (“E Ti Prometterò,” a duet with Italian star Laura Pausini), spotlight his singular talents as a masterful interpreter.
Working for the first time with producer Rob Cavallo (the Warner Bros. Records chairman whose production credits cover Green Day’s many groundbreaking albums, Goo Goo Dolls, Fleetwood Mac and many others), Groban pushed himself to fully capture the spirit of his acclaimed concerts, fueled by his vibrant bond with legions of his fans, the famed Grobanites.
“The album was really sparked by an energy I had on the road,” he says. Any of the hundreds of thousands who saw his shows in support of 2010‘s Illuminations, in which his writing and ambition took full flower, knows what he’s talking about. Those concerts were at turns playful and intimate — even in arena settings — and affectingly powerful, with equal measures of musical virtuosity and spirited, spontaneous personality. The latter has also brought him a rising career in movies and television, with an hilarious recurring guest role on The Office, a sparkling part in the hit Steve Carrell/Julianne Moore film Crazy, Stupid, Love and a as costar of the upcoming small-ensemble comedy Coffee Town.
“I thought, ‘This is the energy, the dynamic I want for my next record, the feeling I’m getting on stage,” he says.