Audiences have looked up to
Mars’ “Little Elvis” earned him a cameo in the 1992 flick “Honeymoon in Vegas.” As a teen he performed as a Michael Jackson impersonator then formed two covers bands.
Mars moved on from singing legends’ songs to writing and producing hit tunes for some of today’s brightest stars.
The 25-year-old and his writing/production team The Smeezingtons are behind Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” K’Naan’s “Wavin’ Flag” and Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You.“
Mars’ vocals are also featured on B.o.B‘s “Nothin’ On You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire.” Demos of the tunes helped Mars snag a record deal with Elektra.
Mars’ debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, was released in October and features the No. 1 hit “Just the Way You Are.”
“His voice is amazing,” Paradigm’s Matt Galle told Pollstar. “The first time I heard him I thought he was a star. I was just blown away.”
After supporting McCoy in Europe and opening for Maroon 5 on a few dates this fall, Mars kicked off a U.S. headline tour in mid-November.
Galle noted that every show was sold out and venues were “bumped up in capacity as far as we [could] go.”
Mars plans on adding more U.S. dates in 2011 as well as touring Japan, Asia and Australia.
Doo-Wops & Hooligans debuted at No. 3 on Soundscan’s current albums chart.
Bruno Mars is up for seven 2011 Grammy awards.