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It has been noted that he regularly eats snake meat on Sundays.<ref>http://www.jasonmraz.com/#/journal/</ref>
 
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Because of their large abundance in San Diego County, Jason Mraz barbecues snakes on Sundays and sells them along with his avocados
   
 
In June and July of 2005, Mraz opened for [[Alanis Morissette]] during her ''[[Jagged Little Pill]] Acoustic'' Tour. On [[July 26]], [[2005]], he released his second major-label album, ''[[Mr. A-Z]]'', for [[Atlantic Records]]. It entered the [[Billboard 200|''Billboard'' 200]] album chart at number 5.<ref name="Zahlaway">Zahlaway, John. ([[August 12]], [[2005]]. [http://www.livedaily.com/news/Jason_Mraz_books_headlining_fall_tour-8592.html?t=1 Jason Mraz books headlining fall tour] ''LiveDaily.com'' Accessed [[July 1]],[[2007]].</ref> In December, the album earned a [[Grammy Award]] nomination for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, while its producer, the prolific [[Steve Lillywhite]], received a nomination for Producer of the Year.<ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,178108,00.html Fast Facts: 48th Annual Grammy Nominees] [[December 8]], [[2005]]. Accessed [[July 1]], [[2007]].</ref> It is interesting to note that, juxtaposed to his many musical successes, [[John Mayer]] still doesn't return his phone calls. <ref>http://www.jasonmraz.com/#/journal/</ref>
 
In June and July of 2005, Mraz opened for [[Alanis Morissette]] during her ''[[Jagged Little Pill]] Acoustic'' Tour. On [[July 26]], [[2005]], he released his second major-label album, ''[[Mr. A-Z]]'', for [[Atlantic Records]]. It entered the [[Billboard 200|''Billboard'' 200]] album chart at number 5.<ref name="Zahlaway">Zahlaway, John. ([[August 12]], [[2005]]. [http://www.livedaily.com/news/Jason_Mraz_books_headlining_fall_tour-8592.html?t=1 Jason Mraz books headlining fall tour] ''LiveDaily.com'' Accessed [[July 1]],[[2007]].</ref> In December, the album earned a [[Grammy Award]] nomination for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, while its producer, the prolific [[Steve Lillywhite]], received a nomination for Producer of the Year.<ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,178108,00.html Fast Facts: 48th Annual Grammy Nominees] [[December 8]], [[2005]]. Accessed [[July 1]], [[2007]].</ref> It is interesting to note that, juxtaposed to his many musical successes, [[John Mayer]] still doesn't return his phone calls. <ref>http://www.jasonmraz.com/#/journal/</ref>

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Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz.jpg
Jason Mraz performing at Gröna Lund In Stockholm, Sweden 2008 Photo: Daniel Åhs Karlsson.
Background information
Birth name Jason Thomas Mraz
Origin Mechanicsville, Virginia, U.S.
Genres Pop rock, acoustic, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, mandolin
Years active 1999–present
Labels Atlantic (2005-present)
Elektra (2002–2005)
Associated acts Speechwriters LLC
Raul Midon
Two Spot Gobi
Website www.jasonmraz.com

Jason Thomas Mraz (Template:PronEng; born June 23, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter, born and raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia, a suburb of Richmond.[1]

Mraz is an eclectic artist with multiple and varied stylistic influences, including pop, rock, folk, jazz, country, and hip hop. He has played with various artists, including The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band, James Blunt, Gavin DeGraw, Paula Cole, John Popper, Alanis Morissette, The Ohio Players, Rachael Yamagata, James Morrison, Jewel and Colbie Caillat[2].[citation needed]

Biography

Mraz graduated from Lee-Davis High School in Mechanicsville, Virginia. He attended Longwood University for a short time and then after a brief stint studying musical theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, he moved to San Diego.

In 2002, Mraz signed to Elektra Records, returning to Virginia to work with producer John Alagía on his major label debut release, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, which would be certified platinum by the RIAA in July 2004 and reach #2 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart.[3] His first single, "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)," was co-written by music production team The Matrix. Mraz's friend and former roommate Billy "Bushwalla" Galewood also collaborated on the album, co-writing "Curbside Prophet", the album's third single, and "I'll Do Anything".

It has been noted that he regularly eats snake meat on Sundays.[4]

When it comes to women, he prefers backside to frontside.

Because of their large abundance in San Diego County, Jason Mraz barbecues snakes on Sundays and sells them along with his avocados

In June and July of 2005, Mraz opened for Alanis Morissette during her Jagged Little Pill Acoustic Tour. On July 26, 2005, he released his second major-label album, Mr. A-Z, for Atlantic Records. It entered the Billboard 200 album chart at number 5.[5] In December, the album earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, while its producer, the prolific Steve Lillywhite, received a nomination for Producer of the Year.[6] It is interesting to note that, juxtaposed to his many musical successes, John Mayer still doesn't return his phone calls. [7]

Mraz began his long-running tour in support of Mr. A-Z at the San Diego Music Awards on September 12.[when?][5] The tour featured a variety of opening acts, including Bushwalla and Tristan Prettyman, with whom he had co-written the duet "Shy That Way" in 2002.[8] Mraz and Prettyman dated, co-writing the songs "Shy That Way" and "All I Want For Christmas is Us".[citation needed]

In November 2005, Mraz opened for the Rolling Stones on five dates during their 2005–2006 world tour. Also in 2005, Mraz was one of many singers featured in the fall advertisement campaign for The Gap entitled "Favorites". The music-themed campaign also featured other singers including Michelle Branch, Joss Stone, Keith Urban, Alanis Morissette, Brandon Boyd, and Michelle Williams.[9] In December 2005, Mraz released the first part of his ongoing podcast.

Jason Mraz performs at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut on May 17, 2006. Photo by Marisa Gesualdi.

In March 2006, Mraz also performed for the first time at a sold-out (one month before the actual performance date) performance in Singapore with Toca as part of the annual Mosaic Music Festival.[citation needed]

In May 2006, Mraz toured mostly small venues and music festivals in the U.S., along with a few shows in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The tour included a May 6, 2006 acoustic show with P.O.D., Better Than Ezra, Live, and The Presidents of the United States of America. Mraz was featured as a headlining guest of St. Louis's annual Fair St. Louis and performed a free concert at the base of the Arch on July 1, 2006.

In December 2006, Selections for Friends, the live, online-only album recorded during the Songs for Friends Tour, was released. Selections for Friends features Jason's favorite songs from the Schubas Tavern and Villa Montalvo shows he played in July 2006.

Jason Mraz began 2007 by debuting his new single "The Beauty in Ugly", an earlier track penned by Mraz entitled "Plain Jane" that he rewrote for the ABC TV show Ugly Betty. The song was featured as a part of ABC's "Be Ugly in '07" campaign.[10] He has since released a song in Spanish entitled "La Nueva Belleza (The New Beauty)".[11]

In 2007, American Idol contestant Chris Richardson performed "Geek in the Pink", which subsequently garnered the song mass recognition and increased downloads at the American iTunes Store.[citation needed] "Geek in the Pink" peaked at #22 on the U.S. iTunes Store on March 10, 2007, but it was ineligible for the site's Hot 100.[citation needed]

The tape-recording of bootlegs during Mraz's shows is explicitly supported by him and his management.

Jason is currently promoting his latest studio album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. which was released on May 13, 2008. "Lucky", the third song in the album, features Colbie Caillat.

Mr. Mraz's single I'm Yours has been #1 on AAA radio charts in the US for 3 weeks as of 6/15/08 and was made famous by a live recording from his acoustic show at the Villa Montalvo Winery which received millions of hits on his Myspace.

Jason Mraz owns an avocado farm, where he makes a vegan dessert that he calls chocomole. [12] He is also a fervent cat lover, owning two of his own. They are named Benny and Joon(after the '93 romantic comedy,) and they reside at Mraz's homestead.[13]

Jason Mraz is a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and states his support on his blog.[14]

Discography

Studio albums

EPs and other releases

Singles

Year Single Album U.S. UK NL
Hot 100 Adult Top 40 Top 40 Pop Digital Singles Top 40
2003 "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)" Waiting for My Rocket to Come 14 4 7 - - 79 12
2004 "Curbside Prophet" - 23 - - - - -
"You and I Both" 110 15 37 - - - -
2005 "Wordplay" Mr. A-Z 81 17 - 59 44 - -
"Geek in the Pink" - 32 36 90 45 128 -
2008 "I'm Yours" We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things 49 25 - 53 32 139 13
"Lucky (feat. Colbie Caillat)" * 82 - - 51 33 - -
"Make It Mine" [20] - - - - - - -

*was not officially released as a single


Guest contributions

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result
2002 San Diego Music Awards - Best Acoustic Win
2003 San Diego Music Awards - Artist of the Year Win
2003 San Diego Music Awards - Song of the Year Win
2005 Grammy Award - Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for Mr. A-Z Nominated

References

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