Jason Mraz

  • Singer/Songwriter born in 1977 in Mechanicsville Virginia. Mraz is the Czech word for “frost.”
  • He moved to San Diego in 1999 and settled there. He was a roadie for the band Elgin Park, and played at Java Joe’s coffee house once a week for 3 years. Here, he fine tuned the freelance vocal style that is his trademark.
  • Mraz signed a record deal in 2002, and his debut album Waiting for my Rocket to Come was released. It featured the single The Remedy (I Won’t Worry), which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was inspired by a high school friend and his fight with cancer. By the following year, he was opening for Tracy Chapman in concert in the UK.
  • His second album, Mr. A-Z, was released in 2005. It debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 album chart. He supported the album with tours, opening for numerous acts, including The Rolling Stones and Alanis Morissette.
  • His next album was his biggest selling record – We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things – released in 2008. The single I’m Yours peaked at #6, and ultimately spend 76 weeks in Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 list – at the time, the longest of any song in the history of Billboard. The song sold over 7 million downloads, and has had nearly 350 million views on YouTube. Two other singles from the album – Make it Mine and Lucky (with Colbie Caillat) won Grammy awards in 2010.
  • Mraz’s success continued in 2012 with the album Love is a Four Letter Word. The single I Won’t Give Up had over 4 million downloads in the U.S. The album is upbeat and romantic – nice to hear music that is not full of angst!
  • His most recent album was released in 2014 – Yes! It is an all acoustic album, recorded with a all female folk rock band, Raining Jane. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
  • Mraz is fun to listen to – his songs are mellow, upbeat, and laid back pop music. My favorite is The Remedy – here’s the video. It is a VERY young looking Mraz in this video!

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