Happy Valentine’s Day+1! In honor of the song writer of mega LOVE ballads, “I’m Yours” and “I Won’t Give Up”…
EXIT 86a I-95s: to Poindexters, Virginia
Are you feeling lucky? Ok good. Time for a Road Test. Here now are the “Fast Facts”, so pay attention especially you in the driver's seat.
Because we are approaching the exit to Poindexters Virginia, let’s celebrate a guy who started out singing in San Diego,California. Jason Mraz is a singer-songwriter who first came to prominence in the San Diego coffee shop scene around 2000. With the release of his second album, “Mr. A to Z”in 2005, Mraz achieved major commercial success. The album peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 100. His musical style, from rhythmic feeling to his use of nylon string guitars, has been heavily influenced by Brazilian music.
Which makes total sense since he is of Slovak heritage.
This Brazilian influenced Slovak was born and raised in upcoming Mechanicsville, Virginia. The lead single, "I'm Yours"became Mraz's first Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #6 in September 2008. It ultimately spent 76 weeks on the Hot 100, longer than any other song in the magazine's 51-year history.
Mraz won his first 2 Grammy Awards in 2010, for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ("Make It Mine") and Best Pop Collaboration ("Lucky" with Colbie Caillat). Despite making hit singles he loves to work with Female vocalists like Colbie and Meghan Trainer with whom he made another hit, “More than Friends.”
Now for the deep stats, Dear Driver. You still following the numbers?
Mraz lives a health-conscious lifestyle and has said that he eats mostly raw vegan foods. By day, his hobbies include surfing, yoga and photography. He owns a five-and-a-half acre avocado farm in Oceanside, California.
Mraz is a social activist whose philanthropic efforts span wide-ranging issues, including the environment, human rights and LGBT equality. In 2009, he participated in a rescue mission to Ghana with members of Free the Slaves, a global nonprofit working to liberate children sold into slavery.
In October 2015, Mraz announced his secret marriage to girlfriend, Tina Carano, in a post on his Facebook page. While he and his music are hot, his surname is Czech for "frost". Oh and one last thing… Jason has a tattoo that says "REST AREA" on his chest… not that he intends for it to be for his wife, but rather that he is a major fan of highway signage and thus… a natural advocate of all things “RoadSpoke!”
Now for the Road Test. Yes or no, is Jason Mraz the name of a major musical talent and philanthropist... or an ice cream sandwich?
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