Barbra Streisand has recorded duets with some of the music industry’s most notable artists over the span of her illustrious five-decade-long career. From Neil Diamond to Michael Buble, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, there’s never been a duet Barbra’s been too intimated by to turn down.
She knows her voice pairs well with just about everyone!
That’s why she sought out one of today’s biggest stars for her new project, “Partners.” Barbra reached out to none other than Josh Groban and asked him to sing “Somewhere” from Westside Story as a duet. Unsurprisingly, Josh jumped at the chance!
The behind-the-scenes cameras rolled as the pair met together in Barbra’s studio. They’ve recorded to together in the past – but this experience was unlike anything before. Josh was blown away by her ensemble of live musicians and was excited to dive into recording one of his favorite songs with one of his biggest idols.
Josh told the production crew:
“Whenever there’s a project like this, where everyone has to pick and take what’s given, you want to call ‘dibs’ on what you think is going to be your favorite. ‘Somewhere’ would’ve been at the top of my list anyway – but they came to me with this song.
I’ve loved ‘West Side Story’ since I was a kid. Musical theater was my major when I got signed.”
Singing “Somewhere” from Westside Story with Barbra was something out of a dream for Josh. But it was also an experience Barbra looked forward to after working with the talented young man years before.
“I was supposed to do something with [Andrea] Bocelli, but he couldn’t do it. This was years ago. Josh was only 19… [We] had him sing on the Bocelli track. We released the record with Josh but he was like a step-in singer, you know? But I always thought he was wonderful!”
Even though Josh is a superstar now, he still feels butterflies in his stomach when Barbra is in the recording booth or critiquing his work in the studio. He was more than grateful for the chance to sing with her all those years ago – just as he is for the chance to sing with her today!
“The fact that she took a completely unknown singer and allowed me to have that chance with her was such a great learning experience and wonderful opportunity…
This is one of her classics. So to have this duet with her is a huge honor.”
Josh’s positive attitude clearly shone through on their rendition of “Somewhere.” It gives us goosebumps from start to finish!
Listen to Josh and Barbra sing “Somewhere” in the video here. Their voices blend together flawlessly!