Perhaps as famous for his vegan lifestyle as he is for penning hits like "I'm Yours" and "Love Someone," Jason Mraz has continued to promote his raw food diet throughout his career. The veteran singer-songwriter, who stops by tonight's episode of Top 20 Countdown, explains what one of his typical artist retreats entails.
Mraz describes his retreat space as a welcoming, nice spot with "nature and some animals" where artists can create music in a relaxing environment. "We're growing our own food, so I love to spoil people with healthy, locally grown organic food—and then, through that sense of ease and comfort, creating music at the same time."
"We're not trying to reach some 'smash hit' outcome; this isn't going to be a forced thing. If something is born, great! And if not, we'll try again tomorrow," he says, recalling a recent retreat to Hawaii that was so chill that he had been surprised with its productive outcome.
Mraz also revealed that he doesn't think he's good at making "confessional" songs (i.e. Adele-type tunes).
"There are a lot of great albums that are important confessionals and are important angst-fueled records. I think those records are important—I just don't think I'd do those well," he explains. "I feel like my strength is in the small victories I have in writing and in my own life of making my day better, or healing something."