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Friday's Connector: Jason Mraz

June 15th, 2010
05:49 PM ET

With one of the most unique voices on airwaves today, Jason Mraz has been able to turn his unusual take on popular music into a big winner on the charts.

Jason Mraz is your Connector of the Day.

Jason Mraz is your Connector of the Day.

Born in Virginia, Mraz has taken jazz, pop, reggae, rock and even hip hop and turned it into a mix of soulful sounds that have resonated big with listeners.

The 32-year-old released his first major album in 2002 called "Waiting for My Rocket to Come," and it was generally regarded as a commercial success.

The album peaked at 55 on the Billboard charts and the lead single "The Remedy" was Mraz's first top 20 single.

In July 2005, Mraz released his second studio album called "Mr.A-Z" and while touring, he was able to perform with the likes of Tracy Chapman and Alanis Morissette.

But, it was Mraz's third studio album, called "We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things," that turned him into a household name.

The album peaked at number three on the charts and the single "I'm Yours" was certified 5x platinum in the U.S. 

The single was also nominated for song of the year and best male pop vocal performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Although Mraz didn't win at the 2009 Grammy Awards, a year later he won two Grammy's for his songs "Make It Mine" and "Lucky."

Mraz just returned from a trip to Ghana  with the organization Free The Slaves (www.freetheslaves.net) where he is participated  in a rescue of children enslaved in a slave labor fishery and will also visit a shelter of previously freed children.

He went on the trip to draw the world's awareness to the problem of global child slavery.