A singer-songwriter originally from Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA, Mraz set out for the big city, attending a performing arts college in New York City. Realizing the competitive nature of the musical theater world paired with his innate desire to perform his own material, Mraz picked the guitar at age 18 and began busking on the streets of NYC. Rumor has it that Mraz ran into a 'psychic' in central park who told him something along the lines of "follow your dreams". Jason interpreted this as his sign to follow his heart to the San Diego coffee house scene where a developing base of creative singer/songwriters was beginning to blossom. Mraz gained a following of fans on the coffee house circuit - most notably Java Joe's, where he worked with percussionist Toca Rivera.
Mraz is most famous for his often poetic, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, pun-filled lyrics, and is inspired by hip-hop, rock, jazz as well as a number of other different musical influences.
Mraz released a few LPs before his major success with The Remedy from the Waiting for my Rocket to Come album, which also featured on the 2002 "Before Rockets and Roosters."
Prior to signing to a major label, Mraz self-produced and released three live EPs and LPs: Jason Mraz Live at Java Joe's, Sold Out (In Stereo), and The E Minor EP in F.
Eventually, Mraz signed with Elektra and in 2002 released his major label studio debut Waiting For My Rocket to Come which produced the hit singles "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)," "You And I Both," and "Curbside Prophet." In 2004 he released his major label live album Tonight, Not Again: Jason Mraz Live at the Eagles Ballroom, which included a DVD of his full band performing live.
In 2005 he released his sophomore album, Mr. A-Z, a "pseudo-self-titled album." "Wordplay" was the first single from the album and was well received, peaking at #5 on the Billboard charts. "Geek In The Pink" was released as the album's second single.
As a live act, he's been known to tour both with a full band, as well as only acoustic with a percussionist (usually Toca) accompanying him on stage.
Recently, he has toured with James Blunt, which raised his popularity in the UK by a great deal.
He is also often confused with John Mayer. (A mistake popular Virgin Radio DJ made in 2003, confusing Mayer's Your Body is a Wonderland with Mraz's Remedy.)