If you are looking for some new music that oozes with positivity, we found it.
Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz has always been the kind of pop artist that consistently surprises you with each new album. His angelic voice continues belting out those melodies that we find ourselves humming throughout the day, but each album sounds completely different from the last.
Mraz’s fifth studio album Yes! will drop July 15. This album is said to have a more acoustic, positive sound and is in collaboration with pop rock all-girl group (yay girl power!), Raining Jane. If you preorder now, you get seven tracks and the promise of at least one more track next Monday since Mraz has been releasing tracks every Monday. In the meantime, he’s posted a series of videos on his official YouTube page performing these released tracks, as well as a short film featuring a few of the songs.
What many people do not know about the two time Grammy Award-winning musician is that he is also a social activist and philanthropist, his favorite causes including human rights, education, LGBT rights and the environment. He established the Jason Mraz Foundation in 2011 to support charities of these causes and is actively involved with it.
When Mraz isn’t being a superhero humanitarian, writing music or touring, he is at home in San Diego living on property he didn’t know had hundreds of avocado trees in the backyard until he discovered it by accident.
The Love Someone singer told Parade in 2013, “‘I just wanted to live out in nature. When I realized there were hundreds of avocado trees here, I thought, ‘I can keep this going.'” And here’s a fun fact: Mraz produces over 30,000 pounds of avocados a year – the majority of which are donated to Chipotle, America’s favorite Mexican food chain.
It’s always nice to see celebrities give back to the community and make a genuine effort to change the world that we live in. Mraz writes his lyrics about positivity, taking care of each other and the environment and loving everyone – it really reflects the way he lives his life.
Yes! is the reminder that we all need to look at the bigger picture in life and to allow ourselves to be open, but also to practice what we preach.