Jason Mraz Records Songs for PBS Kids Series

Hailed as one of today’s most gifted pop troubadours, multi-Grammy award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist Jason Mraz has made no secret of his admiration for children’s television visionary Fred Rogers, even performing the theme from the beloved Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood at some of his concerts and using a quote from Rogers within his album artwork.  On February 14, Mraz will help bring Rogers’ timely message of love and acceptance to a new generation of preschoolers and families from coast to coast with the national premiere of “You are Special,” an all-new episode of the animated hit Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS KIDS (check local listings).  The world-renowned musician sings the opening and closing tunes – “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “It’s Such a Good Feeling” – two classic songs penned and originally performed by Rogers himself.

“Given Jason’s strong connection to Fred Rogers, we couldn’t think of a more perfect person to be our ‘neighbor’ and sing two of Fred’s most well-known and best-loved songs,” said Angela C. Santomero, Co-Executive Producer of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  “Fred knew that music is very important in connecting with young viewers and we believe he would have been very happy to know of Jason’s ‘visit’ to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.”

One of the hallmarks of the standout series is its innovative use of irresistible musical strategies that reinforce every show’s theme that get preschoolers and parents singing along and using them in their daily lives.  The Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Valentine’s Day episode features two endearing stories that reinforce the important theme, “It’s you I like.”  The songs that Mraz recorded for the new episode bookend the two tales that make up the half-hour episode.  In You Are Special Daniel and his friends are having a show at school to celebrate each of their talents.  O the Owl struggles with wanting to be exactly like his friends, until they remind him, “I like you just the way you are,” and O figures out what he can do that makes him special!  And, in Daniel is Special, Daniel and his dad take a nature walk together through the neighborhood.  When, Daniel sees a few of his friends, he suddenly worries that there’s nothing special about him.  But Dad reminds Daniel, “I like you just the way you are,” and Daniel learns that we all have things that make us special.  For Daniel, it’s his powerful imagination.