Jason Thomas Mraz is an American singersongwriter who first came to prominence in the San Diego coffee shop scene in 2000. In 2002, he released his debut studio album, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, which contained the hit single The Remedy . With the release of his second album, Mr. AZ, in 2005, Mraz achieved major commercial success. The album peaked at numberon the Billboard 200 and sold over 100,000 copies in the US. In 2008, Mraz released his third studio album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. It debuted at numberon the Billboard 200 and was an international commercial success primarily due to the hit Im Yours. The song peaked at numberon the Billboard Hot 100, giving him his first top ten single, and spent a thenrecord 76 weeks on the Hot 100. His fourth album, Love Is a Four Letter Word, peaked at numberon the Billboard 200, his highestcharting album to date.
Mraz was born and raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia. He is of Czech and Slovak descent through his grandfather, who moved to the United States from AustriaHungary in 1915. His surname is Czech for frost. His parents, Tom Mraz and June, divorced when he was five years old, but he maintains that he had an idyllic childhood, saying, My hometown of Mechanicsville was very American. There were white picket fences, a church on every street corner, low crime and virtually no drug use. It was a good place to grow up. After graduating from LeeDavis High School, where he was a member of the cheerleading squad, Mraz attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York for about a year and a half, before returning to Mechanicsville and taking on a series of odd jobs. He then enrolled at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, but instead of attending classes, headed west on a road trip that ultimately brought him to San Diego, where he decided to stay.