Jason Mraz has released his new single Have It All along with the music video for the track.
Written by Mraz with David Hodges (Christina Perri, Kelly Clarkson) and JKash (Maroon 5, Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainor) in collaboration with his friends Raining Jane, the track was inspired by a visit to Myanmar in 2012.
The song was conceived after Mraz received and translated a blessing from a Buddhist monk during the visit. Recent events moved him to bring the track to life and release it as a single.
“The world had changed a lot since 2012,” Mraz says. “More people are marching for their freedoms and equality; to be seen and heard. Activism is back in style. I wrote a lot of frustrated, angry, even sad songs between then and now, but nothing I wanted to come forward with; nothing I wanted to sing. ‘Have It All’ stood out as a song with a hopeful message to help me heal and move forward; a song with a message of generosity – the antithesis of despondency; a song bestowed to me by translating a message from a monk. It’s a blessing disguised as a rap song and it’s meant to be paid-forward and shared.”
The video for Have It All was directed by by longtime collaborator Darren Doane (I’m Yours, Make It Mine, Lucky). It captures the spirit of the song with Mraz taking a stroll through his hometown of Richmond, Virginia.
He’s joined in the video by students from the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC), as well as students from the Richmond area Turnaround Arts schools, plus actors Katie Grober (Waitress) and Greg Grunberg (Alias, Heroes).
Have It All is Mraz’s first new music in the release of his 2014 album Yes!, which spawned the single Love Someone.