Josh Groban records stunning version of Weeping

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"Weeping", a song of protest well-known in South Africa, has been recorded by Josh Groban for release on his album, "Awake", in November, 2006.

Josh Groban was born in Los Angeles, California, and displayed vocal talent early on.
Later, Josh Groban attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp, which is where Josh Groban began outside-of-school vocal training for the first time.
Eventually, his vocal coach introduced Josh Groban to prominent producer/arranger David Foster, for whom he worked as a rehearsal singer.
As a stand-in for Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban rehearsed a song with Celine Dion, which got him "noticed".

Josh Groban left university after one year ,when he was offered a deal by Warner Brothers Records.
In November, 2001, Josh Groban's first album, "Josh Groban", was released, and achieved "double-platinum" status.
Earlier that year, there had also been a guest appearance for Josh Groban on the TV series "Ally McBeal".

In 2002, Charlotte Church and Josh Groban performed "The Prayer" at the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics,
and later that year, Josh Groban's own PBS special "Josh Groban In Concert" appeared.
Josh Groban also performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway.

Josh Groban's second album, "Closer", wae released in November, 2003, and reached number one on the Billboard charts in two months.
Probably the best-known track off that album was Josh Groban's cover of "You Raise Me Up".
Subsequently, Josh Groban also performed in the soundtrack to "Troy", and Josh Groban can be heard in the animated film "The Polar Express".

Josh Groban's second live DVD, Live At The Greek, was released in November, 2004.
TV appearances for Josh Groban include The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Larry King Live and Jay Leno.

Josh Groban's newest album, "Awake", has finally been completed, for release in November, 2006.

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Weeping , written by Dan Heymann (sometimes mis-spelled as Dan Heyman ), is a famous protest song that emerged from the South African anti Apartheid movement during the mid-1980's, and this song of freedom has been recorded by many artists, including noted South African band Bright Blue and, more recently, Josh Groban , in a collaboration with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Vusi Mahlasela , who has previously released a solo recording of this song of protest . The anti Apartheid lyrics Weeping contains are among the most-recorded freedom song lyrics of any protest song to have come out of South Africa. The Weeping song (rights to which are partially controlled by Muffled Music ) led to a February, 2006, encounter between singer Josh Groban and songwriter Dan Heymann (occasionally mis-spelled as Heyman ) at New York City's Sony Studios, a legendary institution which has given many a song freedom to soar. It was a thrill for Dan to hear his anti Apartheid song being recorded by such a high-caliber team. Having been a musician in contact with various anti-Apartheid movements during the Freedom-Struggle in South Africa, when examining the Weeping lyrics , Dan was thrilled to feel the connection of his lyric to protest song tradition. When the time came to add backing vocals, nobody needed to teach Vusi Mahlasela lyrics to the Weeping song , having already performed it live so many times, and this new rendition of Dan's familiar rhyming- lyric protest song should give the song freedom to reach many new listeners. Many protest songs were inspired by the anti Apartheid movement and Dan is proud that his freedom song has been so well-received, particularly when there are already so many wonderful anti-Apartheid protest song lyrics in existence.