Josh Groban gained international fame and recognition a few years ago when he unleashed his signature baritone voice upon the world, often combined with orchestra instruments leading to what many people call classical pop.
For his fans, Christmas comes early this year, as his forth studio album and first holiday compilation ‘Noel’ is set to be released on October 9. Joining Groban are London Symphony Orchestra and several guests artists and once again Grammy-winning producer David Foster.
Recorded in LA and the famed Abbey Road Studio in London in between performances of the 26-year old Groban’s “Awake” Tour, the collection of holiday songs on ‘Noel’ include such classics as “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” with Josh on acoustic piano, “Silent Night”, “Little Drummer Boy”, “The Christmas Song”, “O Come All Ye Faithful” with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and “Ava Maria”. Groban duets with Faith Hill on “The First Noel,” with a choir under the direction of gospel legend Kirk Franklin. In addition, singer Brian McKnight adds his vocals on “Angels We Have Heard On High” and the haunting version of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” features messages from troops stationed overseas.
“I was inspired by all the Christmases I’ve been fortunate enough to celebrate with my family over the last 26 years.” Commented Groban. “I was committed to making a classic Christmas album yet one that sounded different than anything that’s been heard on a holiday record. David Foster and I were passionate about creating the perfect collection of songs.”
We believe “Noel” is definitely this year’s best Christmas album, providing a perfect listen to enjoy with your loved ones and perfect gift for your friends. Buy the album now from Amazon. Tracklist:
- Silent Night
- Little Drummer Boy
- I’ll Be Home For Christmas
- Ave Maria
- Angels We Have Heard On High(duet with Brian McKnight)
- The Christmas Song
- What Child Is This?
- The First Noel (duet with Faith Hill)
- Petit Papa Noel
- It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
- Panis Angelicus
- O Come All Ye Faithful (with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, under the direction of Craig Jessop)