If you sound good, you sound good! Josh Groban sat down with CBS Sunday Morning on May 24 and talked about everything from missing doing live performances in front of audiences to, yes, singing in his bathroom for his #ShowerSongs series to entertain fans during the global coronavirus pandemic.
“Not creepy, hopefully!” laughed the four-time Grammy nominee about performing in one of the most private rooms of his Los Angeles home. He went on to explain that it started with his Billboard Live At-Home Concert performance in March, when he sang “You Raise Me Up” from his white-tiled shower. At the time, he told viewers who were watching live that he was doing it for “acoustics.”
Discussing it further with CBS’ Tracy Smith, the singer explained: “It started just on a whim. I was doing a Billboard concert from my bedroom; I got a request for a couple of songs, and I knew it just kind of needed some bigness to the voice. It was kind of dry in the bedroom; I wasn’t really happy with the acoustics. Such a snob! And so I started singing in the shower.”
Groban hosted his Billboard session to raise money for Meals on Wheels. In addition to “You Raise Me Up,” his March 20 set included “February Song,” “Changing Colors,” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” which he dedicated to front-line workers of the global coronavirus pandemic.
The musician went on to joke with Smith that once the health crisis is over, he’s “gonna ask our greatest scientists to talk about why we sound so much better in the shower!”
Groban, whose self-titled 2001 release spent 101 weeks on the Billboard 200, also shared what he’s been up to — besides singing in the shower — while sheltering at home during the pandemic. Like many of you, he’s been whipping up home-cooked meals.
“I’m cooking,” he shared with CBS. “I think we all feel like our new cooking craze is a thing we just decided to do, and in fact, we’re all now trying to make do with that half a cucumber and lemon we found.”
The singer, who admitted that he’s been more of a “room service, pre-packaged” food kinda guy, said he’s been enjoying getting creative in his kitchen. “I’ve had fun just kind of, you know, slicing and dicing both my vegetables and my fingers!” he joked during the interview. “It keeps me from going a little too crazy. I’m learning a new skill, which is fun.”
He’ll have a bit more time to perfect his cooking techniques. Groban announced on Sunday that he’s postponing the shows of his Radio City Music Hall residency in New York City — which kicked off in February — until 2021. “We’re going to continue right where we left off. I think we’ll all need the communal atmosphere of live performance at that time,” he told Smith. “And I can’t wait for the added meaning that’s gonna have, for me and for [audiences], hopefully, when I get to go back and do that again.”
Until then, he’s going to try to stay zen, whether in the kitchen, the shower or elsewhere in his home. “I’m trying very hard to focus solely on the things that just matter the most in my life,” he explained in his interview. “As long as I have the ability to express myself through music, and as long as I have my family, my friends, my loved ones, my dog happy and healthy, I’m good.”
Watch his interview below: