GRAMMY-nominated pop singer/songwriter Josh Groban and GRAMMY-winning producer Rob Cavallo recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, the pair discussed songwriting and collaborating on Groban's latest album, All That Echoes. Groban also performed a brief set featuring two tracks from All That Echoes, "Changing Colours" and "Happy In My Heartache," the latter on which he was joined by Cavallo on guitar.
"A great producer will bring out the best in you without having to demand it," said Groban. "It's [Cavallo's] job to … get the best performance out of everybody, including me, without us knowing that he was doing his voodoo."
"I'd rather just be real natural about [recording] and go, 'How are you feeling? Let's really get into this song,'" added Cavallo. "If you love the song, what happens is you put the essence of that song into you … and [you'll] do your best because you want to, not because you're threatened to."
A Los Angeles native, Groban released his self-titled debut album in 2001. Co-produced by GRAMMY winner David Foster, the album peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200. He followed with 2003's Closer, which topped the chart and garnered Groban his first GRAMMY nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the hit "You Raise Me Up." Subsequent releases included 2006's Awake and 2007's Noël, which peaked at No. 2 and No. 1 on the Billboard 200, respectively. Noël garnered Groban a GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 51st GRAMMY Awards. Groban's 2010 album, Illuminations, reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and featured songs such as "Hidden Away" and "Higher Window."
Born in Washington, D.C., Cavallo has collaborated with artists such as Gary Clark Jr., Green Day, Fleetwood Mac, Goo Goo Dolls, and Black Sabbath, among others. In 1998 he co-produced the Goo Goo Dolls' Top 15 album, Dizzy Up The Girl, and garnered his first GRAMMY for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical at the 41st GRAMMY Awards. Cavallo co-produced Green Day's No. 1 album, American Idiot (2004), and received a GRAMMY for Best Rock Album at the 47th GRAMMY Awards. In 2005 Cavallo took home a GRAMMY for Record Of The Year as co-producer of Green Day's "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams." Cavallo currently serves as chairman of Warner Bros. Records.
Released in February, Groban's All That Echoes was co-produced by Cavallo and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album features 12 tracks, including "Un Alma Más," which features GRAMMY winner Arturo Sandoval, and a cover of GRAMMY winner Stevie Wonder's "I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)." A deluxe edition of the album includes four additional tracks, including "Changing Colours."
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Johnny Cash: The Life — A Book Discussion With Author Robert Hilburn (Nov. 5), The Drop: Divided & United — Music Of The Civil War (Nov. 7) and An Evening With Swamp Dogg (Nov. 14).
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