December 3, 2013 |
Though it takes place at the start of awards season -- and is presented by the same Nashville trade group that puts on the Country Music Assn. Awards -- "CMA Country Christmas" doesn't revolve around the distribution of trophies. It's an annual holiday TV special in which country stars perform Christmas songs and describe their down-home family traditions; the singers with young children are evidently encouraged to trot them before the cameras, more grist for the merry mill. Still, it was hard not to watch this year's show, taped last month at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena and broadcast Monday on ABC, without giving out some imaginary awards.
October 15, 2013 |
To promote its new song from platinum-selling country music artist Hunter Hayes and Grammy winner Jason Mraz on Tuesday, Warner Music Group didn't book its stars on "Good Morning America" or "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. " It made a video for YouTube. YouTube has elbowed out radio, MTV, Yahoo and Myspace as the leading way to reach young music listeners, and some of its personalities have emerged as tastemakers, serving much the same role as KROQ-FM's Kevin and Bean have. "For teens through age 24, YouTube is where people listen to the most music," said David Bakula, a senior vice president at audience measurement firm Nielsen.
April 28, 2004 |
Rock comes to the House of Mouse -- sort of. Rock-pop-folk singer-songwriter Jason Mraz will become the first performer even loosely considered a rock musician to play at Walt Disney Concert Hall when he brings his theatrically oriented show to the venue June 16.
November 6, 2003 |
"Things are going to happen naturally." It's part of the first verse from the opening track of singer-songwriter Jason Mraz's debut, "Waiting for My Rocket to Come," but for the 26-year-old native Virginian, the swift pace of his success has been anything but natural. "If somebody were to follow my road journal, they'd see that only a year ago I was a scared little kid just about to go on tour," he recalls humbly.
March 9, 2006 |
WHAT'S in a name? If you are singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, it's a ready-made title for your latest album, "Mr. A-Z." Mraz, described by some as a funnier, funkier John Mayer, is touring the globe to promote "Mr." and a live EP, "Geekin' Out Across the Galaxy," just released on iTunes. When he isn't on tour, Mraz hunkers down north of San Diego, pondering his next project. In this case, it's how to punctuate a weekend in L.A.
June 14, 2004 |
It's safe to say that Jason Mraz's acoustic shows this week at the Walt Disney Concert Hall will offer more of a coffeehouse flavor than mosh-pit flailing. Still, the booking and what it represents remind its promoter, Bill Silva, of the time he booked Pearl Jam into a similarly refined hall, the San Diego Civic Theatre. "The band management thought I was insane.... But Eddie [Vedder, the band's singer] came out first thing and said, 'What a gorgeous place. Let's all respect it.'