Sunday, June 23, 2013

June 23: Jason Mraz - "I'm Yours," “I Won’t Give Up” - is 36-years-old today.

Did you know?
Mraz lives a health-conscious lifestyle and enjoys eating mostly raw vegan foods. He owns an avocado farm in Bonsall in Northern San Diego County. Recently, he acquired the Garden Patch Farms & Orchard in Homer Glen, for its organic strawberries.

Jason was born on June 23, 1977 in Mechanicsville, Virginia. He first came to prominence on the San Diego coffee house shop scene in 2000. Besides singing, Jason plays guitar, piano, mandolin, mandola, banjo, ukulele, baritone ukulele.

At one of these coffee houses, Mraz met percussionist Noel “Toca” Rivera and bassist Ian Sheridan. When performing, Jason would deliver rapid fire lyrics full of verbal mischief, and he would riff off the crowd like a stand-up comic. The album featured Mraz's free-lancing vocal style and songs he later re-released, including "1000 Things," "You and I Both" and "Halfway Home." Originally entitled Live at Java Joe's, the album was made available to download on iTunes in March 2008, under the title Jason Mraz: Live & Acoustic 2001.

Mraz and Rivera went on the road, and Mraz released his debut album, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, which contained the hit single "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)" in 2002. It was not until the release of his second album, Mr. A-Z, in 2005, that Mraz achieved major commercial success. The album peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 and sold over 100,000 copies in the US.

In 2008, Mraz released his third studio album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and was a commercial success worldwide, peaking in the top ten of many international charts.

Mraz's international breakthrough came with the release of the single "I'm Yours" from the album. The single peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Mraz his first top ten single. The song was on the Hot 100 for 76 weeks, beating the previous record of 69 weeks held by LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live." The song was a huge commercial success in the US, receiving a 5x platinum certification from the RIAA for sales of over five million. The song was successful internationally, topping the charts in New Zealand and Norway.

On January 20, 2012, during a performance streamed live from the Bing Bar at the Sundance Film Festival, Mraz told the audience that his next album's title would be Love Is a Four Letter Word. Mraz released a new single from the album, called "I Won't Give Up," which peaked at No. 1 on iTunes.


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