Joshua Winslow “Josh” Groban (born February 27, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. His first four solo albums have been certified multi-platinum, and he was charted in 2007 as the number-one best selling artist in the United States, with over 22.3 million records in the nation. To date, he has sold over 25 million records worldwide.
Groban originally studied acting, but moved to singing as his voice developed. Groban attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, a free public school on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles, where students receive a conservatory-style education.
David Foster called Groban to stand-in for an ailing Andrea Bocelli to rehearse a duet, “The Prayer”, with Celine Dion at the rehearsal for the 1998 Grammy Awards. Rosie O’Donnell immediately invited him to appear on her talk show. Foster asked him to sing at the California Governor’s Gray Davis’ 1999 inauguration. He was cast on Ally McBeal by the show’s creator, David E. Kelley, performing “You’re Still You” for the 2001 season finale.
Groban was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lindy (née Johnston), a school teacher, and Jack Groban, a businessman Groban’s younger brother, Chris, was born on Groban’s fourth birthday. Groban’s father is a descendant of immigrants from Poland and Russia and converted from Judaism to Christianity when he married Groban’s mother. Groban’s mother’s ancestry includes English, German, and Norwegian; one of her own grandfathers was Jewish. His parents are Episcopalians.
Groban first sang in public when he was in the seventh grade. His music teacher chose him to sing a solo of “S’wonderful” at the school’s cabaret night, where he sang alone on stage for the first time. At this time, he was more focused on acting, playing Tevye in his high school’s production of Fiddler on the Roof. In the summers of 1997 and 1998, he also attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts Camp in Michigan, majoring in music theater, and began taking vocal lessons. He went on to attend the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a theater major and graduated in 1999. He was admitted to Carnegie Mellon University, intending to study drama, but he left four months into his first semester after being offered a recording contract and deciding to pursue his singing career.
Groban dated actress January Jones from 2003 to 2006. After that relationship ended, he moved his primary residence to Manhattan, where he said “dating can be very easy or very tough.”
He has been dating Kat Dennings since October 2014.