Internationally renowned singer, songwriter and actor, Josh Groban, has entertained fans across the globe for the last two decades with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs (selling more than 30 million worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. His instantly recognisable voice is unparalleled among his peers – who doesn’t know songs like ‘You Raise Me Up’, ‘To Where You Are’, ‘You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)’, ‘Bring Him Home’, ‘You’re Still You’, ‘Believe’, ‘Brave’ and ‘Granted’? With his highly anticipated eighth studio album, Bridges, Groban will continue to enthral his fans.
Josh Groban says of his new record, Bridges, ‘I wanted to find a balance and that’s one of the reasons behind the title. I’ve always enjoyed singing about light and dark and love and loss as well as friendship. I really emphasised choosing the songs and the order to serve a continuity of energy. The album is about learning lessons, appreciating when love comes your way, being Zen about it when love leaves, and keeping a more energetic and positive spirit moving forward. Music has that way of uniting people unlike anything else in the world. This time, I felt more comfortable writing. I’m really conveying my message and story.’
The message of the song seems to be particularly pertinent at the moment with mental health taking greater precedence than before and people speaking more openly about their personal struggles. In an interview with People, Groban opened up and explained: ‘Whenever we have dark times in our lives, whether we suffer from depression, or addiction, or anxiety, or even just having a really bad day, the worst is that it feels like we are suffering alone. In a world of billions connected by social media, far too many people feel this way and, while the conversation is getting better, it’s not talked about nearly enough. I hope this song and video are a reminder that it’s the simple steps, the smallest gestures, that can pull us back to the light. It’s those things for me. Find your “river”.’
Bridges is, in its entirety, a dynamic, diverse and definitive body of work. ‘River’ stands out as an emotional track wherein his powerhouse tone underscores the details of the rejuvenating effect of walking to the Hudson River alongside his dog. Meanwhile, ‘Musica Del Corazon’ continues his lifelong affair with the romance languages as Groban belts out in Spanish, backed by the fleet-fingered fret fireworks of world-renowned virtuosic classical guitarist, Vicente Amigo. The conclusion, ‘Bigger Than Us’, sees Groban carry an uplifting message of unity to the heavens and back with inspiring charisma and spirit as the hook.
The standard edition of the record features twelve new songs, including a historic Italian duet with Andrea Bocelli entitled ‘We Will Meet Once Again’, in addition to the studio recording of the live fan-favourite ‘Run’ featuring Sarah McLachlan, and a collaboration alongside Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, ‘99 Years’.
The deluxe edition features a soulful and striking cover of Billy Joel’s ‘She’s Always A Woman’, as well as one other song.
To bring his vision of the album to life, Groban recorded in Los Angeles, London and New York with multiple producers, including Bernie Herms and Toby Gad, Steve Jordan, Dan Huff, and others.
Expanding his pop-culture influence, Groban co-stars on the highly anticipated new Netflix original series, The Good Cop, alongside Tony Danza. The series began streaming on 21 September, the same day that Bridges made its exciting arrival.
To read more about ‘River’, in which Groban sings about life’s trials and tribulations, the conceptualisation of the music video, as well as his nearly 20 year career, launched when he served as a stand-in for Andrea Bocelli at the 1999 GRAMMY Awards, purchase our October 2018 magazine online for only R18, or continue supporting the arts and culture industry by subscribing to our magazine or e-newsletter.