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California-based singer/songwriter Jason Mraz makes laid-back, melodic pop with stylistic nods toward folk, jam band music, hip-hop, and soft rock. Since coming to the public's attention with his 2002 hit single "The Remedy (Don't Worry)," Mraz has proven himself to be a reliable pop craftsman whose crowd-pleasing melodies can encompass both cheeky humor and earnest sincerity. Born in Mechanicsville, Virginia in 1977, Mraz grew up amidst the sounds of the Dave Matthews Band and local roots musicians the Agents of Good Roots. However, it was Mraz's interest and participation in musical theater that served as his first introduction to music. Following high school, he moved to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, but dropped out a year later when he took up the guitar and began to focus on songwriting. Nonetheless, Mraz's training as a vocalist would later show itself on his debut album, which was marked by the pure clarity of his tenor range. After busking around New York, Mraz eventually returned to Virginia; in 1999, however, he made his way out West and settled in San Diego, California, having been drawn to the city's coffeehouse scene and its historical support of singer/songwriters, most notably Jewel. Mraz began playing shows and soon landed a weekly residency at the local hot spot Java Joe's, which had previously played host to Jewel during the early stages of her career. He also formed a duo with drummer Noel "Toca" Rivera, who accompanied Mraz's acoustic material by playing the djembe. Together, the musicians honed a live show that featured as much comedic banter as actual music. Over the next two years, Mraz's following expanded outside of the San Diego limits and began to encompass Los Angeles, garnering the attention of record labels. Mraz signed to Elektra Records in early 2002 and returned to Virginia to write and record his debut album, a project that saw him working with producer John Alagía (the Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer) and his high school heroes, the Agents of Good Roots, who became his backing band. The resulting effort, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, was released that same November, blending Mraz's early influences with elements of country, roots rock, and coffeehouse folk. The buoyant first single, "Remedy (I Won't Worry)," which Mraz had co-written with pop hitmakers the Matrix, proved to be a big hit, and Mraz headed out on the road to support it. One of those shows, an October 2003 date at the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, was later documented on Mraz's summer 2004 live release, Tonight, Not Again. The album tided his fans over until July 2005, when the songwriter returned with the sophomore studio effort Mr. A-Z. Mraz's popularity reached a new high in 2008 with the release of We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, which peaked at number three and spawned his first chart-topping single, "I'm Yours." The concert album Jason Mraz's Beautiful Mess: Live on Earth arrived in 2009, followed by his fourth studio album, Love Is a Four Letter Word, in 2012. In the summer of 2014, Mraz returned with Yes!, which featured backing from the all-female L.A. folk-rock outfit Raining Jane; it was preceded by the single "Love Someone." The following year, Mraz appeared on Sara Bareilles' album What's Inside: Songs from Waitress, singing the songs "Bad Idea" and "You Matter to Me" from her musical Waitress. He then made his Broadway debut in 2017, taking over the role of Dr. Pomatter in Waitress for a ten-week run. Mraz released Know, his sixth album, in August 2018; it debuted at nine on the Billboard Top 200. ~ Christina Saraceno
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Top Tracks

  1.   Track
    Popularity
  2.   I'm Yours
  3.   I Wont Give Up
  4.   The Remedy (I Won't Worry)
  5.   Have It All
  6.   Lucky
  7.   More Than Friends
  8.   93 Million Miles
  9.   You and I Both
  10.   Summer Breeze
  11.   Unlonely
  12.   Rainbow Connection
  13.   Make It Mine
  14.   Best Friend
  15.   A Beautiful Mess
  16.   Might as Well Dance
  17.   The Woman I Love
  18.   Life Is Wonderful
  19.   Love Someone
  20.   Only Human
  21.   Winter Wonderland
  22.   Mr. Curiosity
  23.   Geek in the Pink
  24.   Shine
  25.   Bella Luna
  26.   Living in the Moment
  27.   Butterfly
  28.   Let's See What the Night Can Do
  29.   Quiet
  30.   I Melt with You
  31.   If It Kills Me
  32.   It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday
  33.   Curbside Prophet
  34.   Love Is Still the Answer
  35.   No Plans
  36.   All Night Long
  37.   Details in the Fabric
  38.   Not So Usual
  39.   Back to the Earth
  40.   Out of My Hands
  41.   Hey Love
  42.   Be Honest
  43.   Please Don't Tell Her
  44.   Sleeping to Dream
  45.   The Boy's Gone
  46.   3 Things
  47.   Everywhere
  48.   Who's Thinking About You Now?
  49.   Man Gave Names to All the Animals
  50.   The Dynamo of Volition
  51.   Live High
  52.   The Joker/Everything I Own by Chrissie Hynde
  53.   The Beauty in Ugly
  54.   A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
  55.   Unfold
  56.   Tonight, Not Again
  57.   No Doubling Back
  58.   Who Needs Shelter
  59.   You Can Rely on Me
  60.   Long Drive
  61.   Rise
  62.   At Last/ Sleep All Day
  63.   Halfway Home
  64.   Up
  65.   You Fckn Did It
  66.   Everything Is Sound
  67.   The Freedom Song
  68.   The World as I See It
  69.   Anything You Want
  70.   Traveler/Make It Mine
  71.   Sunshine Song
  72.   Mudhouse/Gypsy MC
  73.   Love for a Child
  74.   Galaxy
  75.   Song for a Friend
  76.   Clockwatching
  77.   Wordplay
  78.   After an Afternoon
  79.   Common Pleasure
  80.   1000 Things
  81.   On Love, In Sadness
  82.   Too Much Food
  83.   No Stopping Us
  84.   I'll Do Anything
  85.   Making It Up
  86.   Better With You
  87.   Simple Ben
  88.   Zero Percent
  89.   Little You & I
  90.   Did I Fool Ya?
  91.   Running
  92.   Medley: Welcome to Schubas
  93.   Conversation with Myself
  94.   God Rests in Reason
  95.   Welcome to Saratoga: Older Lover Undercover
  96.   Childlike Wildlike
  97.   10,000 Motherf***ers
  98.   I'm Coming Over
  99.   I Never Knew You
  100.   In Your Hands
  101.   5/6
  102.   Kickin' with You
  103.   Copchase
  104.   Intro
  105.   Coyotes
  106.   Burning Bridges
  107.   Keep on Hoping
  108.   Did You Get My Message?
  109.   Dream Life of Rand McNally
  110.   Dialogue
  111.   Sleep All Day
  112.   Absolutely Zero
  113.   O. Lover
  114.   Bright Eyes
  115.   What Mama Say
  116.   San Disco Reggaefornia
  117.   Snakes in Schubas
  118.   Frank D. Fixer
  119.   The Forecast
  120.   Plane
  121.   A World with You
  122.   Hello, You Beautiful Thing
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