Josh Groban serves up a beautiful cup of holiday cheer with his heartwarming new music video for “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” which dropped today, Nov. 20. In the video, Groban is recording his take on John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s uplifting 1971 holiday anthem and he’s accompanied by a talented (and smiling) children’s choir. The song is one of six new tracks that hail from Groban’s deluxe version of his Grammy-nominated Christmas album, Noel, which notably hits a milestone 10th anniversary this year.
Groban’s voice effortlessly glides over the poignant opening verses as the children join in on the joyous “war is over” refrain. The song’s hopeful message of peace and unity seems timely, given recent turbulent world events. There’s something magical about Christmas, the season of giving, and the children’s harmonious voices add a beautiful sprinkle of childlike wonder to the timeless song.
Groban’s Noel Deluxe Edition dropped on Nov. 3 bearing its original 13 tracks and six additional songs, four of which are new, never released recordings. In addition to “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", Groban has included a beautiful rendition of “White Christmas” which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with a 70-piece orchestra, as well as a duet with music icon Tony Bennett for the theme from “A Charlie Brown Christmas," “Christmas Time Is Here.”
The sparkling holiday song from “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” follows in the spirit of Groban’s Grammy-nominated theater-themed album, Stages. The Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning song “Believe,” which was performed by Groban for the film “The Polar Express” is included and finally, the classic Christmas hymn, “O Holy Night,” earns its first digital release on the album.
Josh Groban’s original 2007 edition of Noel certified 6X platinum and spent five weeks at No. 1, which was longest time any Christmas album notched the top of the chart, until Michael Bublé tied the record with his 2011 holiday album, Christmas. Noel Deluxe Edition has notably re-entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 54.
Groban is deeply committed to supporting arts education for children via his Find Your Light Foundation. As this video ends, the “You Raise Me Up” singer can be seen laughing, fist-bumping, shaking hands and posing with the kids in the choir for photos.
The multi-talented singer and actor has had a busy year. He finished his Tony-nominated Broadway run in the lead role of Pierre in “Nastasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812." He is also slated to star opposite Tony Danza in an upcoming Netflix original series, “The Good Cop.”
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