SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

Warner Bros. Records

September 13, 2010 09:49 ET

Josh Groban's First Single, "Hidden Away," From Renowned Vocalist's Long-Awaited Fifth Studio Album, Illuminations, Goes to Radio September 13 and Will Be Available Digitally September 14

Illuminations Will Be Released This Fall on 143/Reprise Records

Album Produced by Acclaimed Studio Legend Rick Rubin

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - September 13, 2010) - "Hidden Away," the first new original song from internationally renowned vocalist and songwriter Josh Groban goes to radio September 13 and will be available for purchase through online retail September 14. "Hidden Away" is the first single from Groban's long-awaited fifth studio album, Illuminations, which will be released this fall on 143/Reprise Records.

On Illuminations, Groban worked with veteran producer Rick Rubin, known for his critically acclaimed work with Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, and Dixie Chicks among many others. Groban co-wrote the majority of the songs, including "Hidden Away," which he wrote with Dan Wilson -- former leader of the band Semisonic and co-writer of several cuts on the Dixie Chicks' Not Ready to Make Nice. "Hidden Away" was recorded live with Groban singing and playing piano, Matt Sweeney and Smokey Hormel on acoustic guitars, and veteran R&B icon Spooner Oldham on organ, with a striking orchestral arrangement by David Campbell added later. The opening piano chords and the unfolding melody evoke a timeless Americana, a thread from Stephen Foster through Aaron Copland through Paul Simon and Randy Newman, as Groban makes a heartfelt plea not to hide true love or one's true self.

Illuminations finds both Groban and Rubin stepping out of each one's respective zone and creating an entirely new zone. The bracing result fulfills Rubin's vision of a "fine art" Groban record, marrying the warmth of the sweeping American roots of Groban's writing and the grandeur of classical settings by matching the live, one-take performances by Groban and the intimate, core acoustic band with colorful orchestral arrangements by David Campbell and James Newton Howard.

Illuminations was three years in the making, but the writing and recording came in bursts of creativity as Groban busied himself with other projects, including starring in a 21st-anniversary performance of the cult musical Chess at London's Royal Albert Hall, performing a comic medley of well-known TV theme songs at the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, duetting with Heather Headley at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, guest starring twice on Fox's hit show Glee, and filming a role in Crazy Stupid Love, a motion picture comedy starring Steve Carell and Julianne Moore, due in spring 2011.

The 29-year-old Los Angeles native first broke through in 2001 with his self-titled 5x-platinum debut, followed by 2003's 5x-platinum Closer and 2006's double-platinum Awake. In 2007, Groban became the best-selling recording artist of the year thanks to sales of Awake and his blockbuster 5x-platinum Christmas album, Noël, which spent five consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. Groban and his recordings have been nominated for more than a dozen awards including an American Music Award, a World Music Award, a Juno Award, two Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award for "Believe" from the 2005 film Polar Express. He has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.

www.joshgroban.com

For more information, please contact 143/Reprise Records Publicity:
Luke Burland / Luke.Burland@wbr.com / (818) 953-3764

Documents and/or Photos available for this release:
Hidden Away -- Single Cover Art
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