Thursday, August 12, 2010

One To Watch: Bruno Mars

You've probably heard his voice on two of the summer's biggest and catchiest songs. He was a featured artist on B.o.B's #1 hit Nothin' On You, as well as on Travie McCoy's reggae-infused smash Billionaire. His name is Bruno Mars.

This is one guy to watch out for, as he is clearly highly talented. Besides lending his voice and making those two songs the hits they were, Bruno also co-penned Flo Rida's Right Round (another US #1 smash) and Wavin' Flag by K'naan, which was recently featured in the soundtrack for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

He is a triple threat - singer, songwriter, producer. And he has recently released his first 4-track digital EP It's Better If You Don't Understand. However, his proper debut single is a tune called Just The Way You Are. It is not found on the EP, so it's probably going to end up on his debut full-length album out later.

The song has a great melody, and the drum beat reminds me a little of Bryan Adams' Cloud Number 9. The lyrics are great, and I predict it will be one of the songs that will be played at weddings.

Here's a sample of the lyrics:

When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are

And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
Cause girl you're amazing
Just the way you are

If the three songs we've heard so far are any gauge of what's to come, I dare say it will be a great debut album from this little guy who looks like the next Jason Mraz. Looking forward to hearing more tracks from the man from Mars.

In the meantime, here are the videos for Nothin' On You, Billionaire, Just The Way You Are and Cloud Number 9, thrown in for good measure.