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Interview:
Jason Mraz Poised To Make Musical History
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Next week could be historic for Jason Mraz.

If “I’m Yours,” the first single from the San Diego singer-songwriter’s platinum third album, “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things,” stays on the Billboard Hot 100 through Aug. 19, it will surpass LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live” as the longest-running song on the chart. That means the guy who titled his 2002 debut “Waiting For My Rocket to Come” is on the ride of his life.

“It’s really exciting,” says Mraz, 32. “I’ve been all over the world with ‘I’m Yours.’ That’s a song about generosity, about giving yourself or your time to someone else, and countries all over the world are singing it, loud — I mean, really loud.

“I’m really stoked that that’s the kind of song people want to hear right now, and that really inspires me. It makes me want to keep writing songs like that.”

Mraz is, in fact, writing songs; he says he has about six ready for his next album, which he hopes to get into the studio to start recording after he finishes his latest North American tour on Oct. 10.

“I just keep throwing songs in a bag, and it isn’t until later when I can dump that bag out and sort through everything to really know what I’ve got,” says Mraz, who’s also planning to film one of the shows on the tour for a DVD release this fall. “I really won’t know what that album sounds like until I get off the road, but I’d say half the record, I’m ready to sing it, so I’m in good shape.

“And I can promise you, it’s not going to be different from anything else I’ve ever released. It’s gonna be upbeat, optimistic, colorful and groove-y, hopefully.”



Jason Mraz, G Love & Special Sauce, K’Naan and Bushwalla perform at 6 p.m. Friday (Aug. 14) at the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Pkwy., Sterling Heights. Tickets are $39.50 pavilion, $27.50 lawn. Call (586) 268-5100 or visit www.freedomhill.net.

Web Site: www.freedomhill.net

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