Josh Groban took time off his busy tour schedule to fly out to Chicago to performed with Patti La Belle and “America’s Got Talent” child star Jackie Evancho for the Oprah show finale. The trio sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from the Wizard of Oz. Josh was in good company with many other great musical artists such as Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, Usher, and Stevie Wonder. Josh was thrilled to be a part of the show. He told Access Hollywood, “Mainly I was thrilled because I really wanted to have a chance in a musical way to say thank you to her.” Josh exclaimed, “Seeing the look on her face, that’s what I’ll remember and giving her a big hug and saying “thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Oprah has been a great advocate for Josh over the years. Josh has been on the Oprah show several times throughout his career. He made his first appearance on the show back in 2002 on an episode featuring talented kids and teens. Oprah had been flooded by Groban fans requesting he be on the show. She finally gave in and brought him on. Of course, her friend Gayle KIng must have nudged her a little. Josh performed beautifully despite being sick with tonsillitis.
Josh has been a part of many Oprah show surprises. Oprah’s producer arranged for Josh to appear at her 50th birthday, to sing “You Raise Me Up”. This brought Oprah to tears. Oprah surprised Gayle King by having Josh show up at her office and serenade her. Josh moved Oprah to tears again on a show that aired in 2009, when he sang “Awake” for 22-year old Savanna, a self-proclaimed Grobanite. Savanna was crying and visibly shaking. Oprah spoke the highest of compliments for Josh. “For all of you who love his music, [Josh] is as good, as kind, as gracious, as humble and as grand as his music,” she said.
Josh performed “So She Dances” and also sang with Tony Bennett, Michael Buble and Carrie Underwood in Dec 2006 on the “What’s on Your iPod” show.
Christmas and Josh Groban seem to go hand-in-hand for Oprah. When Josh’s Christmas album, Noel, came out in 2007, Oprah put it on her “Favorite Things” list. Sales for the album shot up after the show aired. The album set a new sales record, with the first Christmas album to lead all albums in sales for 4 straight weeks beating a record held previously by Elvis Presley. Josh made yet another Christmas appearance in 2008, singing “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”. The song was given away on Oprah’s website as part of O Holiday Hits compilation. In November 2010, Josh Groban and Johnny Mathis perform a medley of Christmas songs together. Oprah said, “I have to say, this was my dream wish. Thank you both for making it happen.”
The Oprah finale show is scheduled to air on May 23 and May 24.