“Bridge Over Troubled Water” is a 1970’s hit by American music duo, Simon & Garfunkel. The meaningful lyrics of the song carries the influence of gospel music. The song became Simon & Garfunkel’s biggest single and is recognized internationally as their signature song. Upon its release, it has since topped the charts and remained on the number one spot for weeks. The song’s meaning, composition, and overall appeal prompted over fifty iconic artists in the music industry to release their own versions. It has become one of the most performed songs and earned a spot on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Joining the roster of musicians who add their own style to the classic is operatic pop singer and songwriter, Josh Groban. A renowned artist who has performed along the likes of Celine Dion and was chosen by David Foster himself to sing in place of Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban has made a name for himself through his powerful vocals, impactful performances, and hit songs. His talent enables him to put an impressive spin on any song he chooses to cover.
It was in one of his concerts in Madison Square Garden when he introduced his performance of the classic hit. Upon hearing what he was going to perform next, the audience burst into applause and cheers. While he has always been able to give one flawless performance after another, it was this particular song that prompted an eager response from the crowd. Josh Groban started playing the piano and singing the first lines of the song, giving a unique spin to it with his enthralling vocals.
Singing unaccompanied during the first few minutes of his performance, Josh Groban made the song more captivating than ever. As he continued to sing, he was joined by backup singers who, through a perfect blend of voices coupled with the right instruments, added a choir-esque feel to the gospel-influenced song. Josh Groban’s strong and cool voice carried to the back of the venue, eliciting applause and cheers from an intently listening audience.
Talented artists like Josh Groban have a way of turning classic songs into their own without tainting the original version’s meaning and appeal. His is a talent that leaves the crowd anticipating more, whether a song of his own, a cover, or an unexpected performance that concludes a concert perfectly.
The entire production resulted in an impressive rendition of a timeless hit – one that would surely merit the praise and approval of Simon & Garfunkel themselves.