Daryl Hall and Jason Mraz Harmonize for 55th Live From Daryl's House Episode
It isn’t often a pair of singer-songwriter pros with multiple hits under their belts come together under one roof, but that’s exactly what happened when Daryl Hall joined forces with Jason Mraz for the 55th and latest edition of his critically acclaimed, award-winning Live from Daryl’s House web series and nationally syndicated program, premiering June 15 at www.lfdh.com.
The duo’s six-song set includes versions of “Eyes for You,” a track from Daryl’s recent, critically acclaimed solo album, Laughing Down Crying,” and “So Close,” the hit single from Daryl Hall and John Oates’ 1990 Arista album, Change of Season. The pair tackled a number of Mraz’s hits, including “I Won’t Give Up,” which debuted at #1 on the BillboardDigital Songs chart, and reached #1 at iTunes as the first single from his new Atlantic Records album, Love is a Four Letter Word. In addition, Daryl and Jason team up on “I’m Yours,” which has surpassed 21 million sales worldwide, spending a record 76 weeks on the Billboard chart, earned Mraz ASCAP “Song of the Year” honors, a pair of Grammy nominations and the accolades of the N.Y. Times’ Jon Caramanica, who dubbed it “one of the most indelible pop songs of the last decade.” The set also includes Mraz’s 2002 breakthrough, “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry),” as well as “93 Million Miles,” from the new album and “You and I Both,” another song from his debut, Waiting for My Rocket to Come.
“I think visiting Daryl’s house today will probably put more soul into my shows,” said Mraz, who also learned the art of making Indian samosas during the visit. “I’ve always loved his voice from way back, so being able to throw a high harmony on his from time to time is real cool. As a singer, you look forward to singing with other singers, and there’s no one better than Daryl Hall.”
The Virginia-born singer-songwriter made his mark on the San Diego coffee house scene in 2000. Love is a Four Letter Word is his fourth studio album, and this month he will embark on his “Tour is a Four Letter Word” world concert jaunt with a series of shows in South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. The U.S. portion kicks off August 9 at New Orleans’ Lakefront Arena, with stop at Denver’s Red Rocks (Sept. 24) and L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl (Oct. 5). Mraz’s recent TV appearances include Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Chelsea Lately, VH1’s Storytellers and NBC’s The Today Show.
Said Daryl: “Jason has a high, clear voice and contributes great harmonies. I really enjoyed singing the verses of his songs, too. It was a lot of fun.”
The past five-and-a-half years have marked a steady stream of superlatives and recognition for Live from Daryl’s House, with Hall receiving a Webby Award for Best Variety series from more than 10,000 entries at the 14th annual ceremony three years ago at N.Y.’s Cipriani Wall Street before garnering an O Music Award from MTV last year. A live version of Live from Daryl's House, featuring Hall and previous show guests Sharon Jones and Allen Stone, just finished its own national tour dates.
Live from Daryl’s House is syndicated nationally by Good Cop Bad Cop Productions. Executive producers for the show include Hall and Scott Sternberg along with Daryl Hall manager Jonathan Wolfson.
Live from Daryl’s House is being shown weekly in over 80% of U.S. homes in the nation’s top 200 media markets, as well as all of the top 10, including New York (WPIX), L.A. (KTLA), Chicago (WGN), Dallas (KDAF) and Houston (KIAH). The show has also cleared in such key markets as Philadelphia (CBS-owned KYW), Boston (KBIN) and Atlanta (WATL), as well as a number of NBC, Fox and CBS-owned affiliates across the country. Most stations are airing a full hour with two original shows back to back on Saturday nights. The first week of the show did a .2 in national Nielsens, with the second week increasing 50% and several stations adding airings.
The 54 previous episodes of Live From Daryl’s House have featured a mix of well-known performers like The Voice’s Cee Lo Green, Booker T and the MGs, Blind Boys of Alabama, Rob Thomas, Train, Smokey Robinson, The Doors’ Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, Toots Hibbert, Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Todd Rundgren, Keb Mo, Dave Stewart, Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump along with newcomers such as Allen Stone, Nikki Jean, The Dirty Heads, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Mayer Hawthorne, Eric Hutchinson, Chromeo, Matt Nathanson, Parachute, Plain White T’s, soul diva Sharon Jones, Diane Birch, L.A. neo-R&B party band Fitz & the Tantrums, hot new alternative band Neon Trees and veteran alternative mainstays Guster.