Chess in Concert

Principal Artists

Josh GrobanJOSH GROBAN (The Russian, Anatoly Sergievsky)

Josh Groban has garnered worldwide attention and adoration with his rare mix of an extraordinary presence and a powerful baritone. The internationally renowned vocalist has fashioned an exceptional sound that speaks to both contemporary and classic tastes, is instantly accessible, yet entirely original. From his breakthrough self-titled debut, to his smash hit ‘You Raise Me Up’,
to his recent electrifying, sold-out concert tour, Groban has risen to become a musical phenomenon with a legion of passionate fans.

Josh is riding into 2008 on the heels of ‘Noel’, the best-selling album of 2007 and the biggest holiday album of all-time. This month, Groban will release ‘Awake Live’ the new CD/DVD from Warner Bros./143 Records which includes favourites from Groban’s three multi-platinum albums, including ‘February Song’ and ‘Awake’ from his double-platinum self-titled 2001 album, and ‘You Raise Me Up’ and ‘Remember When It Rained’ from the multi-platinum 2003 album Closer. The majority of the songs are drawn from Awake, including the singles ‘You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)’, and ‘Lullaby’. Released in September 2006, Awake debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart and has sold more than two million copies in the U.S. The DVD contains the entire 100-minute concert from Salt Lake City, as well as behind-the-scenes Making of the Tour footage.

Groban launched the Awake tour in February 2007 and sold-out arenas across the country in a matter of minutes. A sold-out International leg immediately followed. Awake Live is Groban’s third live DVD, following 2002’s Josh Groban in Concert and 2004’s Live at the Greek. The Salt Lake City location was selected in honour of his first arena concert, and it is the same city where Groban sang at the closing ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympics, a performance that was seen by more than two billion people. Josh previously appeared on the musical theatre stage at Broadway’s Amsterdam Theater for an Actor’s Fund benefit performance of Chess, and Chess in Concert at the Royal Hall brings to fruition a long-standing ambition of this former Carnegie-Mellon musical theatre major.

Picture credit Frank Ockenfells