Groban Springs To Life With New Album

Artists like Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock and Ladysmith Black Mambazo lend a hand on Josh Groban's upcoming album, "Awake," due Nov. 7 via Reprise.

Artists like Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock and Ladysmith Black Mambazo lend a hand on Josh Groban's upcoming album, "Awake," due Nov. 7 via Reprise. The operatic pop star also tapped superstar producers like Marius DeVries, Guy Sigsworth, Glen Ballard and David Foster to man the decks on the effort, the follow-up to 2003's "Closer."

Matthews wrote an a cappella track, "Lullaby," while Ladysmith Black Mambazo can be heard on "Weeping." Five For Fighting's John Ondrasik Imogen Heap both penned tracks, the latter also contributing vocals.

Groban penned and produced several of the 13 tracks, including first single "You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)." The artist also performs in Italian and Spanish on the set.

"Closer" peaked at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 5 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
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