Two-time Grammy Award winner is debuting a new track each week leading up to the release of his new CD “YES!” which arrives on July 15th. Click here to see more CD info on iTunes.
Today’s track is “Long Drive.”
A dedicated surfer, farmer, photographer and songwriter, Mraz considers himself a committed global citizen. His social activism and philanthropic efforts span wide-ranging environmental advocacy and ardent support for LGBT equality.
From Instinct: While Mraz is known for his passionate songwriting, what is less known is his equally passionate support for equality. And after years of his quiet support for numerous LGBTQ organizations and charities—from the Trevor Project and True Colors Fund to the American Foundation For Equal Rights and many others in between—we thought it was time for this unsung ally to get a little respect.
“My weakness is seeing someone sad or seeing someone suffer. Seeing someone not have the same opportunities and privileges that I have. Whenever I see people not being given the opportunity to play, be free and love, that’s when I feel this is my problem to deal with, too. That’s something I have to figure out how to get over or channel, or I’ll spend a lot of time worrying about others,” Mraz says with a laugh.
When I moved to California, I moved to San Diego, and I was immediately embraced—mostly by the gay community first. My manager and his partner, lots of people from that community took me in, gave me a home and basically championed my career. So that always felt like my community,” he adds. “I was able to be my free self thanks to the free expression that all my gay friends seemed to live.”