- 29 Aug 18
The US crossover star had the honour of performing with Aretha at the birthday concert held to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday...
As he winds up for these engagements, Groban has been reminiscing on his close encounter with the great Aretha Franklin – the Queen of Soul who died last week. That encounter centred around a duet, performed with Aretha, of the hugely celebrated song written by Irishman Brendan Graham, with Rolf Lovland - ‘You Raise Me Up’.
"My most personal experience with Aretha was singing with her for Nelson Mandela's 91st birthday concert (in 2009) at Radio City Music Hall,” Josh Groban told Billboard Magazine. "She wanted to do a duet of 'You Raise Me Up', one of my songs, and, oh my God, of course, absolutely.
"I was in her dressing room and she had the CD on the boom box,” he recalled, "and we were listening to it, deciding where we're each going to sing, and she was so open-hearted about it. Her whole family was in there, and there was this aura around her that was just about family. There was warmth every time you were around her."