Artist: Josh Groban

You Raise Me Up ~ Josh Groban

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josh-grobanJosh Groban is a Grammy-nominated U.S. singer-songwriter. He has concentrated his career so far mostly in concert singing and recordings, although he has stated that he wishes to pursue music theatre in the future.

Josh Winslow Groban was born in Los Angeles, California, to a Polish-Russian father and a Norwegian mother. His maternal great-grandparents were from the eastern Norwegian district of Toten. Groban was raised an Episcopalian. Chris, his younger brother by four years shares a birthday with him.

Groban debuted as a singer in seventh grade, but soon put it on hold for a few years. “I enjoyed the arts aspects, but my grades were slipping. I didn’t feel that I was getting enough creative input. So I went to Bridges Academy to get my grades up to straight A’s.” While at Bridges Academy, Groban took normal classes from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM, and then afterwards attended theatre classes. In 1997 and 1998, Groban attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, majoring in music theatre, which is also when he began taking vocal lessons outside of school.

“I started taking music lessons on the side. I was very much into musical theatre. I had a pretty good baritone voice, so I began acting and singing in school productions.”

In late 1998, the 17-year-old Groban was introduced by his vocal coach to Grammy-winning producer/arranger David Foster. Groban worked for Foster as a rehearsal singer on a series of high-profile events, including the 1999 Grammy Awards – where, as a stand-in for Andrea Bocelli, he rehearsed Foster’s “The Prayer” with Céline Dion – and the January 1999 inauguration of Gray Davis as governor of California.

Groban attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a theatre major, graduated in 1999, and then attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, studying drama.

You Raise Me Up

“You Raise Me Up” is a popular song in the inspirational mould. The music was written by Secret Garden‘s Rolf Løvland and the lyrics by Brendan Graham. The song has now been covered more than 125 times.

The song was originally written as an instrumental piece and entitled “Silent Story”. The melody is based on a traditional Irish tune (especially the opening phrase of its chorus), the Londonderry Air, which is best known as the usual tune to the 1910 song Danny Boy. Løvland approached Irish novelist and songwriter Brendan Graham to write the lyrics to his melody after reading Graham’s novels. It was originally released on the 2002 Secret Garden album “Once in a Red Moon”, with the vocals sung by Irish singer Brian Kennedy, and sold well in both Ireland and Norway. The song was used for commemorations of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks despite not having been released in America yet.

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When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

You raise me up… To more than I can be.

  • Audio from the 2003 album, Closer:

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