Okay, it's been a long time since my last update, and MAN has a LOT happened. By now, all the Josh Groban fans out there know that Eric Holden, and Zachary Provost are no longer with the band. On the last leg, we were joined by Bakithi Kumalo on bass (from Paul Simon's band), and Randy Waldman as conductor and pianist (from Barbra Streisand, and many others). Obviously, Eric and Zach were missed very much, but Randy and Bakithi did an amazing job, and we welcome them with open arms.
The newest news is that Randy is going back to Barbra's band (we knew he was only available for the first leg), and I (yes little 'ol me) have been made musical director, and conductor for Josh. This is an unbelievably flattering offer, and I'm committed to Josh and the organization, and doing all that's in my power to make it the best show possible. Joining us in the band on piano is Mark Stephens. We had a number of incredibly capable applicants, and Mark auditioned, and blew everyone away. I've known Mark for 10 years, and have always enjoyed his playing, and think very highly of him. Here's his website: www.markstephens.net
In other news, I had the chance to work with Josh, and Rickey Minor (another of my heroes) on the American Idol Gives Back special (I was in the House Band, as well as in the capacity as Musical Director for Josh). Working with the African Children's Choir was a LIFE CHANGING experience. I am SOOOOO blessed to have had the opportunity to work with those kids, as well as working with Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Madison Square Garden in this same year.
We're just getting started with the tour, and we're incredibly optimistic about the upcoming legs (including Europe, and Australia, and the States again). We're really excited, and plan to have more fun, and more surprises. I can't wait for everyone to meet Mark, and see what a great energy Mark brings to the gig.
There's more stuff to report, but I'm making this a short one for now. Can't wait to see y'all on the road.
Take care of one another, and I'll see y'all on the road, T