Sunday, December 23, 2007

Josh Groban's gift

Singer-songwriter Josh Groban has a holiday gift for his fans.

Starting on Christmas Eve, visitors to his Web site can download a free MP3 of his live version of Paul Simon's "America." (The news release from Warner Bros. records says you to fill out a few fields of information. I'm not sure how involved that will be).

According to the release, the 26-year-old Groban's current album, "Noel," has been at the No. 1 slot on the Billboard charts for four weeks, beating Elvis Presley's Christmas record of 1957. No other Christmas album has been on the pop charts for four consecutive weeks in the 51-year history of the Billboard charts.

"As 2007 closes out and I look back, I have so much to be grateful for including getting the chance to perform for my fans on the 'Awake Tour' all over the world as well as the huge success of my Christmas album,'' Groban says. "I wanted to give a special gift to all the people who have been there for me. Paul Simon is one of my favorite artists and 'America' has always been a song I've loved. It's my way of saying thank you as the year comes to a close."

I'm a huge Simon and Garfunkel fan, so I'll definitely be visiting the Web site to get Groban's take on one of my favorite Paul Simon songs. The track will be available from Dec. 24 through the end of the year.


Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Esther, Remember the time we walked down Broadway and crossed paths with JG. He looked at us and said "Hello" - quite stunning given he was all by himself, wasn't it?!

Esther said...

Steve, of course I remember! That was our first celebrity sighting together. And we've had a few others since then. Although I have to give you all the credit. I never would have noticed him on my own. There are just too many people in Times Square. You're so terrific at spotting the celebs!

Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

And who could forget all the sightings we had at Cyrano starting with Frank Rich right outside the theatre and then Chris Matthews and Ron Rifkin inside?!

Esther said...

That was a banner day for celebrity sighting! I guess if I lived in New York, I'd eventually get blase about it. But for a tourist, it's a very fun part of being in the city. And of course you spotted Charles Spencer of the Daily Telegraph and even spoke to him!