Jason Mraz has been making audiences weak at the knees for a decade now thanks to such swoon-worthy ballads as I'm Yours, but did you know that he's also an avocado farmer? Mr A-Z says when he bought some farmland in San Diego County the soil was perfect for growing the super-fruit.
"In the past couple of years, we've converted to organic and we're doing our best to promote fresh food, whole food and organic food," Mraz, 35, says. "Trying to keep it local and prevent our soil from eroding, mainly to protect our future generations, and giving them clean, good food that isn't a chemical on your plate."
The avocado advocate has also recently lent his support to a public-awareness campaign calling for US President Barack Obama to act on climate change, and says we can all do our part for the greater good of future generations.
"We're urging all to get on board and really try to think about the earth on which we tread," Mraz says. "You know, where are you buying your gas and your food? Are the choices you're making today going to affect the next generation or the next seven generations?"
The man with more than his fair share of fedoras is also doing his bit for the younger generation as we speak. He's just recorded some songs for a new children's show on US network PBS, the same network responsible for Sesame Street. He was asked to do the theme song for Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, which is the reboot of the much-loved Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
"I started performing (US educator and broadcaster) Fred Rogers' songs recently in my shows because I found that they still resonated with adults, and shortly thereafter I got a call from the Fred Rogers Foundation, and I got to sing the opening and closing songs, which was just a real treat for me," Mraz says. "If there was any way that I could ever honour Mister Rogers it would be through song so I'm grateful for that."
This year marks 10 years of Mraz touring Australia and he's promised a bigger and better show than ever before. "This time I'm bringing my biggest band with me that I've ever brought there. We'll be playing songs from my whole catalogue and hopefully people will just get ready to bounce and enjoy themselves."
This month also marks a decade since the release of his breakthrough single, the upbeat anthem The Remedy. So has Mraz practised what he preached and not spent the past decade worrying his life away?
"Almost," he laughs. "I would say eight of those 10 years I did pretty darn good without worrying. There was two years in there where I got a little lost, I lost the plot, but all good."Jason Mraz plays West Coast Blues and Roots at Fremantle Park on Saturday. Tickets from Moshtix outlets.
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