One of the most popular singer songwriters of the last few years is Bruno Mars and he’s had a string of hits in that time that include Locked Out of Heaven, Nothin’ on You and Just the Way You Are.
Mars was born in 1985 in Honolulu, Hawaii. When it comes to a wide range of musical talents, there are few people as talented as he is without exception. Mars was actually born into what can only be called a “musical family” and was familiar with music and the stage from a very early age. His father was from Brooklyn, New York and was a percussionist who organized a Las Vegas style revue featuring his mother, a talented vocalist, and the rest of the family that played at venues all over Hawaii.
At four years old Bruno was watching his family perform Motown hits and medleys for a crowd at Waikiki Beach and, when his father asked him to come up on stage and sing an Elvis Presley song, the musical “bug” bit him and never let go.
Before he became a successful solo act however, Mars found quite a bit of success as a songwriter for a number of popular artists and, in 2010, also wrote the theme song for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.
He wasn’t content to simply be a songwriter though and, with his breakout hit Nothin’ on You in 2010, he took the music world by storm. Actually, that song was written for rapper B.o.B. who was with Atlantic Records at the time, but the label decided to have Mars sing the chorus and, when the single became a huge hit and made it to number 1 on the Billboard singles chart, Bruno Mars went from an unknown songwriter to a huge and well-known pop performer.
His debut studio album was huge. Titled Doo-Wops & Hooligans it was released in 2010. The first solo single from that album, Just the Way You Are was another hit for the talented young artist and found him back at the top of the Billboard singles charts almost immediately. Doo-Wops & Hooligans made all away up to number 3 on the album charts and two other follow-up singles made it into the top 10 singles charts including Grenade as well as The Lazy Song.
When the soundtrack from the movie The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 was released in 2011, Mars had another hit on his hands with the single It Will Rain.