Singer Josh Groban is working on a new album featuring music from movies and stage shows.

The You Raise Me Up hitmaker's latest project will include familiar tracks from well-known productions, as well as songs from more obscure shows including Paul Simon's The Capeman and Chess by Abba's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice.

He tells, "Since I was 13 years old, I have wanted to record a film and stage songs album. The nice thing about a film and stage album is that you have so many songs. It's a matter of demoing them, seeing which are right for me and for the continuity of the album.

"The test is whether I can tell a story and whether or not my voice fits the story. There are plenty of shows where the songs are gems, but never got their fair share. I think Paul Simon's The Capeman is a show that just needed a little more time. We're desperate for great new shows."