Jason Mraz's new song is a bluesy, gospel-influenced version of Norman Greenbaum's 1970 psychedelic rock anthem 'Spirit in the Sky.' The track is Mraz's contribution to Levi's Pioneer Sessions, where current popular artists re-interpret a classic song that inspired them to make music.
Trading the original version's kaleidoscope of trippy sounds for a more earthy, aural palette, Mraz starts off slowly before kicking into high gear with assistance from the Voices of Prayze Choir, who, with him, deliver the song's famous refrain: "Going up to the spirit in the sky / That's where I'm gonna go when I die / When they lay me down to rest / Going to go to the place that's the best."
Jason is reportedly working on the follow-up to his 2008 album 'We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.' You can download his version of 'Spirit in the Sky' for free at the Levi Pioneer Sessions Site, and can also hear it on AOL Radio's Rock Cover Songs station.