After the U.S. tour, Mraz is said to be hitting Australia as support to Beth Orton, but that has yet to be confirmed.

So, what does Mraz bring to the stage that’s perhaps different than others? Well, for one, a bit of humor.

“I said to myself if I’m going to pursue this as a career, I want to inject some humor in this, get some poetry into the songs and make sure the audience stays interested,” Mraz said. “I remember I saw Dave Matthews when I was still in high school and I was just struck by how lively he came across. It was like: ‘OK, so you don’t have to be boring when you play the guitar.’

“We do so much audience participation and let the audience in on just about most of our secrets. We’re constantly mixing things up on each other as players, never doing the same song the same way twice.”

And it’s that sort of audience dedication that caught the eye of Jewel, who asked Mraz to join her on her first Soul City Café outing. The tour gave up-and-comers a little limelight time, and in this case, helped launch Mraz’s career.

Mraz’s debut album, Waiting For My Rocket To Come, was released in October.