Thousands of fans from 63 countries watched Josh Groban’s first livestreamed concert — the singer’s experiment in engaging with fans during a pandemic that has shuttered concert venues across the nation. 

“I’ve never done anything like this and in these strange days I’m so thrilled to do any kind of concert for you,” Groban tweeted about the June 27 show. 

Now, that experiment is becoming a new normal. Groban announced on Monday that he is launching a virtual concert series, along with a new album release. 

In the fall, the singer will perform three concerts for fans: A performance of Broadway songs on Oct. 3; a Thanksgiving Day show centered on his new album, “Harmony”; and Groban’s first holiday-themed show on Dec. 19. 

“This has been a time to get creative in ways we never were expecting,” Groban told the Associated Press. “One of my goals throughout all of this is to really not push away what I’m feeling but take it out from under the rug and use it for inspiration.”

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“Harmony” was halfway done when the pandemic hit, according to the Associated Press.  The album is slated for a November release and will include mostly covers and some originals. 

Groban told Billboard that making “Harmony” was “therapeutic.” 

“I wanted to go back to basics a bit, to interpret songs that made me feel good, were a blast to sing, and most importantly, that my fans have been asking for over the course of the last couple years of touring,” Groban told Billboard

The singer also said he’s become a more vulnerable and self-reliant songwriter during the pandemic, as he is unable to meet up with co-writers or producers as easily. 

 “A lot of things have been pouring out during a time frame where I actually wasn’t expecting to do much writing,” Groban told the Associated Press

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Groban’s first concert during the novel coronavirus outbreak was on March 20, when he performed a 30-minute set for Billboard’s “Live-at Home” concert series, the Deseret News reported. That concert raised more than $15,000 for Meals and Wheels. It also ended with Groban singing “You Raise Me Up” from his shower.

From there, Groban continued to sing songs from his shower, and screen previously filmed concerts for his fans on YouTube. 

“Once we realized after many months that this was going to be a lot longer than anyone had hoped, I started to feel the urge to get creative about how best to do my job,” Groban told Billboard. “And as much as I love singing in the shower, when I put on the hat of wanting the real quality my fans expect of me, I knew another option was necessary.” 

A pass to view all three concerts is $65 and goes on sale Aug. 20. This pass allows each concert to be rewatched for up to 48 hours, according to Groban’s website. Tickets for individual virtual concerts start at $25 and go on sale Aug. 27.

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