â€œLife Is Goodâ€ will feature live versions of four new songs, as well as a live version of â€œCoyotesâ€ from Mrazâ€™s last studio album, WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS. (see attached tracklisting). Mraz and his band recorded the EP on the first three dates of his current tour–in Bangor, Maine; Utica, NY; and at the Life Is Good Festival in Canton, MA. Mrazâ€™s tour, which is still winding its way across the continent, wraps up in Santa Barbara, CA on October 8 (see dates below).
â€œLife Is Goodâ€ will be available at all online retailers beginning October 5. Mraz will premiere the songs on his website, www.jasonmraz.com, starting with â€œFreedom Songâ€ today. More songs will be posted over the next week, along with candid videos shot by tour videographer Jeff Coffman on the road that capture Mraz explaining the origins and meanings of the new songs.
Mraz first heard â€œFreedom Song,â€ after songwriter Luc Reynaud donated the song to a compilation album benefiting the homeless in his hometown of Seattle. Mraz, who was touched by the lyrics to the song, shared the song with a group of freed child slaves in Ghana this summer when he visited the country with the organization Free The Slaves. This tour marks the first time Mraz has performed â€œFreedom Songâ€ with his band. Additionally, the collectionâ€™s other new songs, â€œSan Disco Reggaefornia,â€ â€œUp,â€ and â€œWhat Mama Say,â€ all results of Mrazâ€™s recent songwriting sessions, also made their live debut on this run of dates.
Following the conclusion of his tour dates, Mraz will return to the studio with WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS. producer Martin Terefe to complete his next full-length album, due out in 2011.
JASON MRAZ â€“ â€œLIFE IS GOODâ€
Available at all digital retailers October 5, 2010
1. â€œFreedom Songâ€ â€“ recorded live in Utica, NY on Sept. 13
2. â€œSan Disco Reggaeforniaâ€ â€“ recorded live in Canton, MA on Sept. 12
3. â€œUpâ€ â€“ recorded live in Canton, MA on Sept. 12
4. â€œWhat Mama Sayâ€ â€“ recorded live in Utica, NY on Sept. 13
5. â€œCoyotesâ€ â€“ recorded live in Bangor, ME on Sept. 11
North American Tour 2010 remaining dates
10/4-10/6 â€“ Robert Francis supports
9/28-9/30 â€“ Luc & The Lovingtons support
10/8 â€“ Christina Perri supports
28 Newark, DE Bob Carpenter Center
29 Columbus, OH The LC Outdoor Pavilion
30 Interlochen, MI Kresge Auditorium
2 Milwaukee, WI Farm Aid â€“ Miller Park
4 London, ONT John Labatt Center
5 Ottawa, ONT Scotiabank Place
6 Quebec City, QUE Colisee Pepsi Arena
8 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara County Bowl