Jason Mraz

June 23, 1977
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  • Jason never took a more pronounceable stage name, preferring to stick with Mraz, which is Czech for "frost."
  • As a teenager, Mraz participated in a local theater group, SPARC (School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community), playing Joseph in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
  • He attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City for a short time after graduating from high school in 1995, studying musical theater. Mraz dropped out of the famous school after taking up the guitar and focusing more on songwriting.
  • Early in his career, Mraz began performing at the Java Joes, a coffee house in Southern California where the singer-songwriter Jewel got her start. He played regular shows and was an audience favorite.
  • In 2002, Mraz signed with Elektra Records. Among the artists featured on his first album were the Dave Matthews Band, and Agents Of Good Root, both from Mraz's native Virginia. The album, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, peaked at #55 and contained the hit single "The Remedy," which was co-written by the music production team The Matrix and made #15 in the US. His second major-label album, Mr. A–Z, was released on Atlantic Records.
  • The Mr. A-Z tour, which began in 2003, featured opening act Tristan Prettyman. Prettyman and Mraz had co-written the duet "Shy That Way" in 2002. Mraz and Prettyman dated, but ended their relationship in 2006.
  • Mraz released his third studio album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things, in 2008. The album debuted at #3 and broke into the Top 10 of many international music charts. The album's first single, "I'm Yours," reached #1 on AAA radio charts in the US, and went on to became Mraz's first Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #6. The song was a commercial success worldwide as well, peaking in the top ten of multiple European charts and topping the charts in New Zealand for six weeks. The song, and Mraz, were nominated for Song of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards. "Make It Mine" and "Lucky," two other singles from We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things., won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals, respectively, at the 2010 Grammy Awards.
  • Mraz was awarded the Hal David Starlight award from the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2009.
  • Mraz is known for his commitment to environmental causes. He owns an avocado farm in Bonsall in Northern San Diego County. He received the Clean Water Award in 2010 from the Surfrider Foundation, and the same year, teamed up with The Nature Conservancy, creating a PSA using his song "I'm Yours."
  • He is big on yoga and also kirtan, which is group chant. In Yoga Journal, Mraz said, "My yoga practice has taught me to be present with each moment and each task that I'm working on. I realize that I don't have to be so quick to rush through things."
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