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Another Award Show and Jason Mraz

So I told you last week that I’m an awards show junkie. This past week I watched the 52nd Grammy Awards show which was telecast live including red carpet interviews.

One of my favorite singers right now is Jason Mraz. He was being interviewed on the red carpet by none other than Ryan Seacrest of American Idol fame. Seacrest asked Mraz who his date was for the night’s celebrations with kind of a laugh. Turns out it was Jason’s dad who he quickly grabbed to be on camera. His father looked bemused when asked by Seacrest if Jason had showed early promise as a singer. He said pretty much since junior high school, Jason had been on a music quest.

That quest turned out well for Maraz as he picked up two Grammy’s at the show: one for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance of the Year for "Make It Mine" and the other for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Lucky" with Colbie Caillat.

Unfortunately, with the network and producers’ focus being on performances more than acceptance speeches, Mraz’s awards acceptances were off camera in a pre-televised portion of the show.

According to his bio on

“Jason Mraz hails from Mechanicsville, VA, where the singer/songwriter grew up amidst the sounds of the Dave Matthews Band and local roots musicians the Agents of Good Roots. However, it was Mraz's interest and participation in musical theater that served as his first introduction to music. Following high school, he moved to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, but dropped out a year later when he took up the guitar and began to focus on songwriting.”

 “In 1999 he made his way out West and settled in San Diego, CA, having been drawn to the city's coffeehouse scene and historical support of singer/songwriters, most notably Jewel. Mraz began playing shows and soon landed a weekly residency at the local hot spot Java Joe's, which had previously played host to Jewel during the early stages of her career.”

When I was living in Los Angeles pursuing my own entertainment career, I used to frequent a place on Tuesday nights called Ghengis Cohen’s, which was a Chinese restaurant owned by Jewish people and featured live music like Danny Peck, who is a singer/song writer who was a regular there in the same way Mraz became a regular at Java Joe’s.

So much was I intrigued by Danny Peck and now more recently with Jason Mraz as well. I’m even on Mraz’s e-mail mailing list with regular updates on his tours and new releases.

Though I wasn’t intrigued with the rap, hip-hop performances by popular groups like the Black Eyed Peas and Beyonce, I really was taken with the acrobatic ballad by Pink, who I hadn’t heard before.

I also thought Elton John did a great performance duo with Lady Ga Ga, even though I don’t care for Ga Ga otherwise, but she did a great job with Elton, one of my faves.

About Kathryn Spira

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland, OH who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County, New York. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site