Josh Groban: Hold On and Be Brave


Josh Groban, the “You Raise Me Up” artist that has been wowing audiences for more than a decade, is releasing his newest studio album next month. As a self-proclaimed “Grobanite,” I have found solace and hope in his motivating anthems and striking ballads.

In November 2010 I blogged about his song “Higher Window” and the idea that a light from “a higher window” is guiding us. Then in May 2011, I blogged about his song “Hidden Away” and the freedom that comes from living with no regrets.

Now I am soaking in the message behind “Brave,” the first single on his new album, “All That Echoes.” Groban, in a rich vibrato, sings:

“Hold on, hold on so strong, times just carries on
All that you thought was wrong is pure again
You can’t hide forever from the thunder
Look into the storm and feel the rain

You wanna run away, run away
And you say that it can’t be so
You wanna look away, look away
But you stay ’cause it’s all so close
When you stand up and hold out your hand
In the face of what I don’t understand
My reason to be brave”

According to his website, the song, co-written by Groban, is about strength and breaking through adversity to get through the day. What a perfect message for single Catholics.

In the midst of my dating journey, I often felt like could literally feel the rain when break-ups shook my confidence and men broke my trust. I didn’t understand God’s timing, and I surely didn’t understand how he could prevent me from meeting Mr. Right at the very moment I wanted to be swept up into a whirlwind romance.

It took bravery to attend family weddings alone. It took bravery to graduate from college and start my career without a significant other by my side. And it took bravery to navigate through intense grief and sadness without “the one” to wipe away my tears.

Catholics who are left to pick up the pieces after a divorce, leave their loved ones to serve our country or begin anew as a widow or widower are the bravest of the brave, consistently inspiring all of us with ties to CatholicMatch to press on and be brave.

We all must be brave, in and out of the dating scene, and trust that when we “stand up and hold out our hands,” God will reach right out and intertwine his hand with our own, leading us along our way.

No matter what challenges you may face today, be brave.



  1. Marie B. January 14, 2013 Reply

    I love this song! Of course I think it not only fits the single Catholic (which I am) but also anyone who has been through any type of distress. My 2012 wasn’t great. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in April and had a falling out with family and friends that summer. I lost a beloved relative in the fall of 2012 and two weeks later, a good friend of the family passed on. Hearing this song gives me hope like it does you, so yeah…it fits almost anyone.

  2. Krystyn-883319 January 13, 2013 Reply

    This was just the sort of message I needed to “hear” today. Thanks for sharing this info & this perspective. A little courage & bravery can certainly come in handy…in life & in the pursuit of love!

  3. Elizabeth-917138 January 12, 2013 Reply

    I love Josh! Listening to him is one of my favorite past-times!

  4. Dave-146273 January 11, 2013 Reply

    JG rocks!! I dont know the meanings behind all his songs….but my fav song at Christmas time is his rendition of “O Holy night”.

  5. Michelle-176368 January 11, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the info. I didn’t even realize he was making another album. I just went on itunes to listen to the preview and already I’m having a hard time convincing myself to hold off on purchasing Brave before the album comes out. If only a small clip of one song can begin to move me, I can’t wait to hear the rest. Thanks again for the share.

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