Jason Mraz and Longtime Manager Bill Silva Part Ways: Exclusive
After nearly 20 years together, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jason Mraz and longtime manager Bill Silva have parted ways. Mraz will manage himself, effective Sept. 1. All involved describe the split as amicable.
The pair's long partnership began shortly after Mraz dropped out of college to pursue a career in music. Mraz released his debut, Waiting For My Rocket To Come, in 2002, which contained his breakthrough single, "The Remedy." Among his other hits are 2008’s “I’m Yours” and 2012’s “I Won’t Give Up.” His best-selling album is 2008’s We Sing.We Dance. We Steal Things, which has sold 1.8 million copies, according to Nielsen Music.
Mraz celebrated his 40th birthday during a show at The Hollywood Bowl on June 23, where he also debuted new music. Mraz is writing his follow-up to his last Atlantic studio set, 2014’s Yes.
In addition to music, Mraz has ventured into several other business ventures, including an avocado farm (which supplies the San Diego-area Chipotle locations), a line of organic chocolate bars, and an ownership stake in restaurants Cafe Gratitude in Los Angeles and San Diego and Gracias Madre in West Hollywood. Mraz also recently joined the ASCAP Foundation board. An investment company that Mraz and Silva share will continue to go forward with both their participation.
“It was serendipity and a chance meeting in 1999 that started an incredible 18-year journey,” Silva told Billboard. “It has been such a pleasure to work with an artist who walks the talk of generosity, compassion, and bringing joy and healing to the world through his music. We both got to be student and teacher at various times during our years working together. I feel so fulfilled to see the many people around the world who are touched by Jason’s music every day, and to have played a part was very special."