April 16, 2012


3 years ago I was riding on the wheels and heels of We Sing We Dance We Steal Things, touring the world at the height I’m Yours’ success when I made a stop in Vancouver, meeting some extraordinary individuals who make up one extraordinary team: Free The Children. This team of young people inspire millions of youth across North America to think and act as global citizens and have been doing so since they were 12; fighting against child labor, providing schools and supplies, offering funding, friendship and drinking water to youth less fortunate all over the world. Free The Children is the world’s largest organization of kids helping kids – and they get things done.

It was working alongside Free The Children and being introduced to their grace that I realized I too could think and act in ways to help others on a much larger scale. I knew music already provided a sense of relatedness, comfort and relief, and is a powerful fundraising tool, but I was also garnering resources and making connections all over the world that enabled me to help in ways I hadn’t before. Thus, my own foundation was born thanks to the inspiring introduction to Free The Children and their co-founders Craig & Marc Kielburger.

This week, FTC launched #RedefinePossible, a campaign centered around Spencer West, one of the organizations most inspiring teachers, who will be climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in effort to raise $750,000 for drought relief programs in East Africa. While that climb is by itself incredible, what’s even more incredible is that Spencer has no legs. What!?

Spencer and I had a chance to rap a few times backstage in Toronto and Vancouver and he’s as inspiring offstage as he is on, where he travels the globe as a motivational speaker, reminding everyone that we can redefine our own potential, no matter what challenges we face. Often times, the only thing stopping us, is us.

Thank you Spencer. You have my support.

You too can support Spencer’s climb here. Or follow along. Help raise him to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro and help him raise the water levels for those who need it most. He’ll be posting vids and updating us throughout his journey to the top.

Support Spencer!
Website URL: http://bit.ly/HBmkX6
Twitter handle: @spencer2thewest
Facebook page: facebook.com/spencer2thewest

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    EricTony said ...

    Inspiring. When I’m old and frail (I’m only 50 years young) I want to listen to Jason’s music.

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    Rose said ...

    Storytellers…2 seats…let’s do this…:)

    Love ya

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    shorekimmy said ...

    Go Spencer!

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    JaneJohnson said ...

    Support Spencer’s climb, Of course! Spencer has a beautiful smile. It’s amazing what a person can achieve with determination and a desire to help others.
    Looking forward to seeing you in concert on the 9th of September in Toronto! What a party!!I’ll be the girl in section 102 with a cloud of sweet smelling smoke surrounding me and a goofy grin on my face. Cheers Jason and a good day to you!!!

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    4meclara said ...

    I m possible

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    Rose said ...

    I love that you use your super powers for Good J. You have a unique opportunity to reach millions of people and your choice of organizations speak volumes about your and those you surround yourself with. What a worthy incredible organization. Spencer you are truly amazing!!!!!

    I also love that you put the freedom song on your album! Thank you for honoring such a great Seattle group!! Woot Woot!! We rocked out to LOVE as we were getting ready for our day and I have to say it was a very calm and easy morning! (3 kids..bobbin their heads..I wonder how many tiems I can get away with playing You F**king Did it before they catch on…

    Love you!
    Can’t wait to see you in September…The Gorge..front row baby!


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    GloriousMe said ...

    Very inspiring indeed. Oh, and I just downloaded this great album. Something like ‘love is a four letter word.’It’s really great. You should check it out:)

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    costellocrew5 said ...

    Oops – now I click through all Spencer’s links and realize his efforts support Free the Children as you stated – not Free the Slaves – I got them confused! Thanks for the introduction!

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    Nikkiw83 said ...

    Wow, what an amazing person. Good luck Spencer!! I will definitely help support the cause. :)

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    costellocrew5 said ...

    The smile on Spencer’s face should be bottled and sold. What an inspiration. I am finding more and more people like this in my life as I get older. Because of you, I’ve read a lot about Free the Slaves and another organization called Not For Sale, and am much more mindful of the issues and the needs. Thank you.

    I hope it is not terrible etiquette to turn inward here, but Ian has a video message for you and a song. He is on spring break from school and I enjoyed an afternoon with all my kids and an hour with our ‘Mraz Spaz.’ Hope this makes you smile. I still can not believe how deep his love of your music runs at 9 years old. Very grateful. xoxo, J


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    crystale80 said ...

    I do not know what to say.RESPECT MISTER SPENCER. Thank you JASON.

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    gealine said ...

    Nice picture,
    good job (and good luck) with fundraising! (also for Spencer)

    See ya November 22! in Amsterdam :)

    love, Gealine