Following Jason Mraz’s phenomenal return to the charts earlier this year with the release of his latest album Love Is A Four Letter Word, Chugg Entertainment can now confirm that the GRAMMY® winning singer/songwriter is making his anticipated return to Australia for two very special arena shows, following on from big performances in 2012 at Madison Square Gardens in New York City and 02 Arena in London.
Released in April, Love Is A Four Letter Word featured the heartfelt single I Won’t Give Up, which, following its quiet debut on Mraz’s site in early January, quickly proved itself to be an undeniable pop smash of the new year. One week from its release in the US, the song debuted in the #1 slot on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart, with sales surpassing 225,000. Not stopping there, it also garnered over 2.5 million YouTube hits in the first week, with numbers now surpassing more than 20 million.
One of the modern era’s most gifted pop troubadours, Jason Mraz’s extraordinary musical journey has taken him from coffee houses to stadiums all over the world, with two GRAMMY® Awards and six nominations already to his credit. His 2008 third album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. was an indelible global blockbuster, earning gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications in 21 countries around the world. The album’s lead single, I’m Yours, holds the record for being the longest-running song in the history of the Billboard “Hot 100” chart. In Australia, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things is certified double platinum, and the hit single I’m Yours is certified three times platinum.
Mraz spent much of 2011 road-testing the songs from his latest album, touring alongside his longtime friend, percussionist Noel “Toca” Rivera. The worldwide trek – which included performances in North America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia – saw Mraz celebrating music’s lasting power to inspire change and help others through global citizenship. Among the journey’s many highlights were multiple sold out shows at such iconic venues as Australia’s Sydney Opera House, New York City’s Carnegie Hall, and Spreckels Theatre in Mraz’s adopted hometown of San Diego.
Not stopping there, last month it was announced that in December Mraz will be performing, in conjunction with MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking), a historic live concert in Myanmar to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking. The free live concert will be held at the Yangon People’s Square, which lies at the base of the magnificent 2600 year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most iconic and auspicious sites in the country.
Joining Mraz at these two very special shows, will be US sensation, Zac Brown Band. With nine hit singles and two platinum-selling records under their belt, the news of their return to Australia comes just days after receiving a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Country Album for their latest release Uncaged. Debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200, Uncaged displays immaculately how broad their repertoire truly is, from traditional country (The Wind) to Caribbean rhythms (Jump Right In) and even slinky bedroom R&B (Overnight). Running roughshod over genre boundaries, and bringing its audience along for the ride, its title is absolutely accurate—this is truly the sound of a band 'Uncaged'.