Josh Groban Releases New Song "Hidden Away"
Tue, 14 Sep 2010 13:33:14
"Hidden Away," the first new original song from internationally renowned vocalist and songwriter Josh Groban, is available for purchase through online retail today, 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. The Grobe is back.
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. This is why so many women love Josh Groban - he's sensitive, man.
It took three years for Illuminations to get made, 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. It's going to be a busy next two years for one Josh Groban, who is just 29.
Are you going to check out and purchase "Hidden Away" today? What did you think of the song?