Jason Mraz (Jason Thomas Mraz) is an American popular singer-songwriter who has been mastering wordplay for nearly 20 years in the music industry. His major label debut, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, featuring The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) was a hit, landing him on the Billboard 200 chart his first time out. Here, MusicSnake Magazine put together a list of top eleven facts you probably don’t know about the artist.
Number One: Jason Mraz Has Opened for the Rolling Stones. Just as Jason Mraz was picking up steam in his music career, the artist had the opportunity to open for a couple of big name artists. In ’05, he got to play with Alanis Morissette during her Jagged Little Pill tour. Even more impressive though were the 5 dates he opened for the Rolling Stones in ’05 and ’06.
Number Two: The Artist Owns an Avocado Farm. Living just outside of San Diego, his home features a 5.5-acre functioning avocado farm. Aside from keeping a few for himself, he sells his crop, mostly to a local Chipotle location.
Number Three: Mraz Toured with a Magician. After taking up magic while recording We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things., Jason decided to bring magician and comedian Justin Willman on his Music, Magic & Make Peace tour with him, Bushwalla and The Makepeace Brothers.
Number Four: Mraz Means Frost. Jason Mraz is a second generation American. His paternal grandfather came to the U.S. from Austria-Hungary in ’15, settling his family in rural Virginia. Mraz is the Czech word for frost.
Number Five: The Singer Used to Perform in Coffee Houses. When Jason Mraz moved to San Diego in ’99, he began playing acoustic sets at coffee houses and cafés. This led to him recording his first live album, Live at Java Joe’s. The album was made available digitally in ’08 with a different name, Jason Mraz: Live & Acoustic 2001.
Number Six: Mraz is a Raw Foodie. While he has been a vegan for a while, he decided to get into raw food after one of his bandmates was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes.
Number Seven: Jason Mraz’s Single Set a Billboard Record. When he released I’m Yours in ’08, the song instantly became his biggest hit. It propelled the album it was released on, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things., to #3 on the Billboard 200 charts and the song became his first Top 10 single. The hit, peaking at #6, stayed on the Hot 100 for 76 weeks, setting the record for most weeks on the chart until Imagine Dragons’ single, Radioactive, beat his record by 11 weeks in ’14.
Number Eight: Jason a Published Photographer. In ’08, he published a book of his Polaroid photos. Titled A Thousand Things, the photos were taken during all aspects of his life on tour and backpacking through Europe. The artist wanted to make the collection to remember the photos he took before they ultimately faded away. The book itself is completely eco-friendly, using soy-based ink on wood-free paper. It also inspired a gallery exhibit of his photos in NYC.
Number Nine: The Musician Played for President Obama. An avid supporter of the president for election, he has played at functions for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden many times.
Number Ten: The Singer Has an Investors Stake in a Vegan Restaurant Collective. A known vegan, he bought into a vegan restaurant collective called Café Gratitude. Jason Mraz frequently dines at the collective’s locations and even named his Gratitude Café tour after them as a way to honor their work.
Number Eleven: Jason Mraz Was the First International Artist to Publicly Perform in Myanmar. In ’12, he organized an open air show in Myanmar’s People’s Square to bring awareness to the problem of human trafficking. However, the show made history more for its occurrence than its cause. This show made him the first international act to perform in a public place within the country since the end of their military rule. Thanks for reading!
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