Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis (born September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas) is an American popular singer, and one of the few remaining male vocalists associated with Traditional Pop music.

Mathis grew up in San Francisco, and began singing at school. While training to become a teacher, he was talent-spotted at a concert and signed by Columbia Records. He sang one of his first hits, "It's Not For Me To Say", in the film, Lizzie, in which he also had a small acting role. Around the same time, he had his first number one hit with "Chances Are".

Although frequently described as a "Romantic" singer, his vast discography contains Jazz, Traditional Pop, Brazilian & Spanish music, Soul, Soft Rock, and Broadway Show Tunes. His hit songs include "Wonderful Wonderful", "A Certain Smile", "Chances Are", "The Twelfth of Never", "Misty", "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late", and "I'm Coming Home", and the original recording of the Thom Bell-Linda Creed composition "Life Is a Song Worth Singing", later made popular by Soul/R&B vocalist Teddy Pendergrass. Mathis has recorded over 100 albums of original music and has sold more than 180 million albums worldwide.

Frank Sinatra used to privately refer to him as "The African Queen".


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Frank Sinatra used to privately refer to him as "The African Queen". Since then, Mraz has played with the likes of Alanis Morissette, Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band, Paula Cole, and Jewel. Mathis has recorded over 100 albums of original music and has sold more than 180 million albums worldwide. His clear, strong tenor voice and easygoing, optimistic lyrics gained critical and popular acclaim in 2003 when his first single, "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)," co-written by music production team The Matrix, began getting regular play on radio, MTV and VH1, boosting the sales of his debut release, Waiting for My Rocket to Come. His hit songs include "Wonderful Wonderful", "A Certain Smile", "Chances Are", "The Twelfth of Never", "Misty", "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late", and "I'm Coming Home", and the original recording of the Thom Bell-Linda Creed composition "Life Is a Song Worth Singing", later made popular by Soul/R&B vocalist Teddy Pendergrass. He now resides in Los Angeles. Although frequently described as a "Romantic" singer, his vast discography contains Jazz, Traditional Pop, Brazilian & Spanish music, Soul, Soft Rock, and Broadway Show Tunes. There he became a hit on the Southern California club scene, playing with percussionist Toca Rivera.

Around the same time, he had his first number one hit with "Chances Are". After a brief stint studying musical theater in New York, he moved to San Diego. He sang one of his first hits, "It's Not For Me To Say", in the film, Lizzie, in which he also had a small acting role. Though he did not pick up the guitar until the age of 18, his musical appetite was strong. While training to become a teacher, he was talent-spotted at a concert and signed by Columbia Records. Jason Mraz (born June 23, 1977) is an American singer, born and raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Mathis grew up in San Francisco, and began singing at school. Tonight Not Again: Jason Mraz Live at the Eagles Ballroom (2004).

Johnny Mathis (born September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas) is an American popular singer, and one of the few remaining male vocalists associated with Traditional Pop music. Waiting for My Rocket to Come (2002).

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