"Because this is the artistry now, this is evolving, and I've always looked up to artists that evolve. Michael Jackson, Kanye West, every album sounds like something different; it's because you listen to new things, you're seeing new things, you're feeling new emotions, you're dating a new girl. Everything is always different, so it always has to change and evolve." - Bruno Mars
Unorthodox Jukebox | Bruno Mars
With 2012's Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars took a new route to a now-familiar destination. As a member of hit-production team The Smeezingtons and subsequently breaking out as a solo artist himself, Mars has become a familiar face on the superstar circuit for his hooks that seem to drop down the throats of audiences worldwide as he tugs at their hearts. As a followup to his 2010 debut Doo-Wops & Hooligans which garnered a total of seven Grammy nominations, one may have thought the Hawaiian-born megastar would follow the same recipe with Unorthodox Jukebox. Never one to bow under expectations, Mars would forgo a predictable trip down pop-lane, instead roaming through the backstreets of Sting's red light district, the dance-steps of '70s discotheques, and the stripped down clarity of a piano bar among other sonic backdrops to shape his new record.
"When I Was Your Man"
Credits: Songwriting - Andrew Wyatt (of Miike Snow), Ari Levine, Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence Production - The Smeezingtons Piano & Vocals - Bruno Mars
The second single released from Unorthodox Jukebox is different even from the rest of the album. "When I Was Your Man" is akin to a piece of expertly crafted sushi—raw, stripped down, satisfying in one bite or two, and always leaving you craving more. "When we started the record, I was like, 'I'm never singing another ballad again,' but that came from the gut – it's the most honest, real thing I've ever sang," Mars told Rolling Stone. It is heartbreak at its finest—remorseful and pulsing with emotional strife, but most of all relatable.
As you begin to digest the performance, take a look at some of the forerunners to Bruno who may have influenced the track from a musical standpoint and nevertheless offer intriguing looks at how some of the best have approached this style of music:
Learn to Sing "When I Was Your Man" Now!
If you are interested in learning how to sing Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man" for yourself, click the picture below for a quick lesson. Now that you've got the context for the song, learning to sing it is only a matter of channeling your inner-heartbreak. Once you've got the song down, be sure to share your recordings and videos—we'd love to hear your version!