A few years ago, Grammy winning singer and songwriter, Jason Mraz released an album that would change his life - the multi-platinum best-selling, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. The...Expand
A few years ago, Grammy winning singer and songwriter, Jason Mraz released an album that would change his life - the multi-platinum best-selling, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. The album featured the record breaking I'm Yours - a buoyant, reggae-flavored love song which captured the hearts of people across the globe, surpassing 21 million sales worldwide and setting a record for the longest-running song in the 51-year history of Billboard's Hot 100 chart with 76 weeks on the chart.
The track earned Jason a Grammy Song of the Year nomination, was ASCAPs 2010 Song of the Year and led to Mraz being given the Songwriters Hall of Fame's prestigious Hal David Starlight Award, which is presented to songwriters who have made a significant impact in the music industry with their original songs. In 2010, Jason garnered two Grammy wins to add to his long list of accomplishments, winning Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Make It Mine and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for Lucky, his duet with Colbie Caillat, both from We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
Though the album had a major effect on the public and the music industry, it had the biggest impact on Mraz himself, propelling the Virginia-born singer and songwriter to international stardom and creating touring demand across the world playing everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House to stadiums around the globe - a sweet invitation for this socially conscious and environmentally minded artist whose mission is to celebrate music's lasting power to inspire change and help others through global citizenship.
Mraz spent 22 months on the road promoting We Sing, which followed on his previous studio albums, the 2002 debut Waiting For My Rocket To Come and 2005s Mr. A-Z.
Mraz had been writing steadily, putting all of his experiences into song. He eventually pared down to the final 12 that appear on his fourth studio album, Love Is A Four Letter Word. Recorded at Hollywood's legendary Sunset Sound with producer Joe Chiccarelli (White Stripes, Christina Perri) and a line-up of all-star session musicians, the album's clever arrangements and rich musical textures cushion the diamond-cut clarity of Mrazs pure tenor voice.
Having worked with the Surfrider Foundation, Free the Slaves, and the True Colors Fund, as well as actively supporting VH1s Save the Music, Free the Children, SPARC, (the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community), MusiCares, and Life Rolls On, Mraz recently established the Jason Mraz Foundation to help sustain organisations aligned with his pillars of service, including working to end human trafficking within the human rights arena and promoting human equality, fighting for environment preservation, advocating for the arts and education, and aiding with recovery and assistance.