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From the moment he released his first album, Josh Groban was a star. In an instant, everyone seemed to know about the baby-faced singer, with the operatic voice.
Josh's story is pretty incredible. When he was 17, his vocal coach passed along a demo tape to producer David Foster (as in, 15-time Grammy winner David Foster). Foster liked what he heard, which led to some big opportunities for Josh. In 1998, he sang with Celine Dion at a Grammy Awards rehearsal show - Josh nailed his performance, and the hype started to grow.
By 2001, fans were eager for an album, and Josh delivered. His self-titled debut went double platinum in just six months. And even as the music industry went into a tailspin, Josh kept rolling. He released three more incredibly successful albums, and performed at The Super Bowl, a Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the closing ceremonies of the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, and the Oscars.
So, it's kinda curious that on his latest album, Josh decided to go in a whole new direction. He left his former manager, and teamed up with legendary producer Rick Rubin, better known for his work with the Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Johnny Cash, Metallica, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Josh also wrote most of the songs on the new album called 'Illuminations.'