Jason Mraz is nothing if not a man of his word. “I promised a lot of people I’d do an acoustic album, but then my new record turned out to be my funkiest project yet,” the laid-back San Diego singer says. Rather than simply hope his loyal fan base would adapt, Mraz took the unusual step of releasing acoustic versions of every song on his new album throughout the course of three EPs, the second of which was released April 15.
The first EP in the series, “We Sing,” came out March 18 and has sold 18,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The full-length album, “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things,” will be released this week via Atlantic; the final EP, “We Steal Things,” will be released as a digital bundle with the new album.
“I think fans will want both versions of the album,” Mraz says. “I like being able to give them options, and they really wanted to hear different versions of the tracks.”
Mraz’s fans drove the album’s first single in their wn way. Since he released a demo version of the track “I’m Yours” on an EP that came with his last album, more than 300 people have posted versions of themselves covering the track on YouTube. “I never instigated any of the covers,” Mraz says. “But I can see why people are drawn to the song, and because it is about generosity, I wanted to share it.”