By Josh Bell
Jason Mraz’s 2005 album was titled Mr. A-Z as a play on his name, but it’s also applicable to his versatile style, a laid-back mix of pop, rock and singer-songwriter folk that has garnered him huge chart success across a wide variety of genres.
His 2008 single “I’m Yours” hit the upper reaches of numerous Billboard charts, including pop, jazz and adult contemporary, and was a massive success around the world. Being a worldwide phenomenon has helped Mraz incorporate global influences in his work. Rolling Stone said that “he’s added more world-music textures to his folk pop, and turned up the blissed-out vibes” on his latest album, Love Is a Four Letter Word.
Whatever the style of music, Mraz is all about chilling out and having a good time, and that’s the atmosphere of his live shows, too. Even though he’s playing concerts on a much larger scale these days, Mraz is still focused on creating the feel of hanging out with friends in a coffee shop, just whiling away the evening with tunes and companionship. Of course, that extends to an entire amphitheater and now to the world, but Mraz’s music embraces everyone. He’s Mr. A-Z.