A singer-songwriter with a rapid-fire delivery, Jason Mraz was heavily influenced by the music and ethos of the Dave Matthews Band. Honing his music and improvisational, scat-heavy performances on the...
Singer Jason Mraz surprised fans at his concert in Los Angeles on Friday (29Aug14) by inviting his friend Sara Bareilles on stage for a special duet. The pair teamed up to sing Carole King's Beautiful, the title song from the Tony Award-winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Mraz told the audience at the historic Pantages Theatre that the duet was an homage to their stage training, and his three-night residency at the iconic musical theatre venue.
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Just three weeks in production, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raked in more than $15 million — this puts it ahead of the latest YA release The Giver as the eighth highest grossing property this month. But trouncing that Jeff Bridges/Brenton Thwaites travesty by nearly $3 million is only the second most noble of the Ice Bucket Challenge’s efforts. The movement is allotting nigh unparalleled funds toward the study of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an illness known best as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The condition observes the weakening of the muscles in accordance with a degeneration of a specific portion of the spinal cord. As a result of ALS, those afflicted find difficulty speaking, swallowing, breathing, and moving altogether.
Though discovered in the 19th century and brought to infamy in the late 1930s in accordance with the suffering of beloved New York Yankee Lou Gehrig, ALS remains the most common motor neuron disease actively plaguing men and women today. While perhaps only a small measure in the fight against the illness, the Ice Bucket Challenge is allowing for tremendous progress in the collection of funds devoted to the defeat of such a longstanding travesty.
As is inevitable with any cause célèbre or public movement, we have witnesses no small share of backlash against the Challenge; critics decry the endeavor as a bandwagon trend and a waste of time that offers no real benefit to the cause in question. As far as the latter goes, the $15 million and counting — a sum made possible thanks in large part to the spirited, sportsmanly brand with which the Ice Bucket Challenge was designed — would beg to differ. Nevertheless, we find those with a sour taste for the charitable phenomenon. Not to mention those who simply don’t want to pour a bunch of cold water over their heads. But if you find yourself a culprit of this mindset, maybe take a look at the pedigree of the company you’d be joining were you to hop aboard for this particularly frigid mitzvah.
So what pop culture accomplishments can be attributed to the community of water-logged philanthropists?
5 ACADEMY AWARDS Between Steven Spielberg (3), Russell Crowe (1), and Oprah (a Humanitarian Oscar).
60 EMMYSBetween Oprah (13 Daytime Emmys and 2 Primetime Emmys), Steven Spielberg (11), Meredith Vieira (4 News/Documentary Emmys and 3 Daytime Emmys), Jimmy Fallon (4), Justin Timberlake (4), J.J. Abrams (3), Conan O'Brien (3), Jim Parsons (3), Ricky Gervais (2), William Shatner (2), Harry Connick Jr. (2), Rachel Maddow (1), Ryan Seacrest (1), Nathan Fillion (1 Daytime Emmy), and Topher Grace (1 Daytime Emmy).
62 GRAMMYSJustin Timberlake (9), Taylor Swift (7), Carrie Underwood (6), Lady Gaga (5), Mackelmore (4), Lil Wayne (4), Keith Urban (4), Weird Al Yankovic (3), Gwen Stefani (3), Ludacris (3), Brad Paisley (3), Adam Levine (3), Harry Connick Jr (3), Jason Mraz (2), Drake (1), Jimmy Fallon (1), and Calvin Harris (1).
10 GOLDEN GLOBESSteven Spielberg (7), Russell Crowe (1), William Shatner (1), and Don Johnson (1).
"They're in the throne room... I just have this little nook in the bathroom that holds all the awards and laminates from all of the tours and it just seemed like a very fitting display case." Folk/pop star Jason Mraz keeps his many awards in an unusual place.
Singer Jason Mraz is aiming to follow in the footsteps of David Bowie and the Beastie Boys by becoming only the third musician to perform in each of New York's five boroughs on the same tour. The California-based I'm Yours hitmaker announced the mini Big Apple residency on Wednesday (16Jul14), during a press conference at the Empire State Building landmark, revealing he will play shows in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan in September (14) in celebration of his new album, YES!.
He will wrap up the gigs with two shows at the city's iconic Radio City Music Hall, before heading to Europe to continue his world tour.
Brooklyn natives the Beastie Boys previously completed the feat, while British rocker Bowie trekked across the five boroughs in 2002 as part of his Heathen Tour.
"To all my friends who sent texts over the bday, thank you! My phone went swimming and I lost them all. Bummer. Oh well. I love you too!!!" Singer Jason Mraz needed a new cell phone after dropping his mobile in a pool as he celebrated his birthday on 23 June (14).
"I do pinch myself sometimes... I grew up listening to John Mayer and Jason Mraz and the other day, (I got) emails from them. Stuff like that blows my mind." Singer Ed Sheeran is still coming to terms with fame.
American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. performed together for the first time during the U.S. talent show's star-studded season finale. The 13th season of the singing competition came to an end on Wednesday night (21May14) and to celebrate the crowning of a new winner, the trio, alongside former judge-turned-mentor Randy Jackson, joined forces to sing a medley, marking the first time in the show's history that all the judges took the stage to perform together.
With Connick Jr. on the piano, Urban on guitar, Jackson on bass, and Lopez providing vocals, the supergroup sang a mash-up of Cyndi Lauper's True Colors and Fleetwood Mac's Go Your Own Way. Earlier in the show, Lopez took the stage solo to perform her latest single, First Love.
The night was filled with other superstar performances, including sets from KISS, Demi Lovato, Paramore, John Legend, Jason Mraz, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, Aloe Blacc, and season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, who all shared the stage with this season's finalists.
In another Idol first, host Ryan Seacrest showed off his vocal skills by belting out Richard Marx's hit Right Here Waiting, and was joined by Marx himself for a memorable duet.
Caleb Johnson, 23, who had previously auditioned for the programme twice before, was named this year's (14) American Idol, beating 17-year-old Jena Irene to the title.
You might recognize Arden Cho from her Teen Wolf role, for which she has garnered both critical and public attention (especially in the recent episode, "The Fox and the Wolf," a story in which she played both herself and a younger version of her mother, Tamlyn Tomita's character). Cho is also a Miss Korea Pageant winner, and has a large following on YouTube, where she regularly posts a mix of original songs and covers, as well as vlogs. Her covers all have her unique spin on them, so we've compiled a list of some of her best!
Cho's duets are quite nice: I particularly like this version of Pink's "Try." Here, she sings with Gerald Ko – and now that they've done "Try" they have to do "Just Give Me a Reason," right?
Even as she does a lot of fun duets ("Try" is just the tip of the iceberg – Jason Mraz' "Lucky" and "At Last I See The Light" from Tangled are quite nice, too), she also performs duets as solos. At least, that's what she does with Rihanna's "Stay!"
3. "I Knew You Were Trouble"
Taylor Swift fans are sure to get a kick out of her poppy take on "I Knew You Were Trouble" cover (performed with Jason Min and Koo Chung on dueling guitars – one electric, one acoustic). It's certainly a nice option for those who are less than pleased with the dubstep drops in the original!
2." Wide Awake" x "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Cho also dabbles in mash-ups – her "Wide Awake" x "Somebody That I Used To Know" mash-up is quite fun.
My personal favorite might just be her cover of Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive." Her indie-songstress pipes are somehow the perfect match for this more traditionally rock 'n' roll ballad.
What are your favorite of Cho's covers? Let us know in the comments!
SLASH, Jason Mraz, Richard E. Grant and Terry Gilliam have added music and memories to Johnny Depp's new movie about artist Ralph Steadman. Depp signed on to narrate documentary For No Good Reason about the life and work of the British cartoonist last year (13), and the finished film also features many other famous friends.
Created over 15 years by filmmaker Charlie Paul, For No Good Reason includes footage of Steadman at work and anecdotes from late writer Hunter S. Thompson, who formed a bond with the Brit in the 1970s and used his illustrations in books like Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, which was adapted for the big screen and starred Depp.
Gilliam, who directed the 1998 film, and Grant offer tributes, while Steadman fans Slash, All American Rejects, Mraz, James Blake, Ed Harcourt and Crystal Castles created music for the film's soundtrack.
For No Good Reason opens in limited release in America later this month (Mar14).
A singer-songwriter with a rapid-fire delivery, Jason Mraz was heavily influenced by the music and ethos of the Dave Matthews Band. Honing his music and improvisational, scat-heavy performances on the San Diego coffeehouse scene, he broke through to the mainstream with 2002's <i>Waiting for My Rocket to Come</i> and its hits "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)," "Curbside Prophet" and "You and I Both." Almost always seen with his trademark hat, Mraz built a loyal fanbase through constant touring, opening for such acts as Alanis Morissette, Tracy Chapman and The Rolling Stones, and releasing 2005's <i>Mr. A-Z</i>, which included the hit "Geek in the Pink." The performer notched an international blockbuster with "I'm Yours" off 2008's <i>We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.</i>, which hit No. 6 on the <i>Billboard</i> Hot 100 charts while topping others around the world. The inescapable, catchy single went six times platinum, Mraz served as musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), and he won two Grammys for the album's "Make it Mine" and "Lucky," the latter a duet with Colbie Caillat. He continued to spread his global music message with the release of 2012's <i>Love Is a Four Letter Word</i>. As enormously talented as he was socially conscious, Jason Mraz kept his focus on making music as well as attempting to influence positive changes in the world.