Serious music fans may have to turn not just one, but a number of blind eyes in the direction of Jason Mraz in order to enjoy his laid-back, 70s-infused soft rock. That trilby he insists on wearing, for example, grates immediately and his pleasant vegan sensibility screams Californian hippy drip.
However, few artists have enjoyed such success in the last half-decade. His 2008 Grammy-nominated album We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things has sold more than 3.5m copies, while its signature single “I’m Yours” spent almost 18 months clogging up the Billboard Hot 100. Mraz has a series of gigs across the region this month, including Bangkok on June 16, Kuala Lumpur on 19, Jakarta on 22 and Singapore on 29.