“Just The Way You Are”

“Just The Way You Are” was Mars’s first chart entry under his own name. The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

When asked how he came up with the idea for this song, he said, “well, you know, I’m a big fan of classic love songs, songs that are straight to the point. And, ‘Just The Way You Are,’ there’s nothing really lyrically mind-blowing in the song but I think it’s saying something that songs aren’t saying these days… just telling a girl she’s beautiful.”

He continued, “when we wrote Just The Way You Are, I wasn’t thinking of anything deep or poetic. I was telling a story. Get ready to fall in love!”

At the Grammy Awards in 2011, Mars performed this song before it won for Male Pop Vocal Performance.

The singer, songwriter and producer has already notched up an impressive CV.

The list of artists he has produced and written for is an illustrious roster of chart stars including Flo Rida, Alexandra Burke and B.o.B.

But after years of working behind the scenes, Mars has started to carve out a career for himself as a solo artist.

“I signed up to be a musician, I want to perform, I want to sing,” he says.

Born Peter Gene Hernandez in Hawaii, popular singer-songwriter Bruno Mars grew up in a very musical family. His father, Pete, was a Latin percussionist from Brooklyn, and his mother, Bernadette (“Bernie”), was a singer. Mars received his nickname, “Bruno,” while he was still a baby. “The name Bruno came from baby times,” older sister Jamie explained. “Bruno was always so confident, independent, really strong-willed and kind of a brute—hence the name Bruno—and it kind of just stuck.”

Mars began performing from the age of 4, impersonating well known artists before deciding to make music his career.

After moving to California, the star managed to sell one of his songs, which “helped pay the rent”.

He explains that first small step confirmed what he already knew, that he wanted to continue pursuing his musical career.

He first came to prominence as a solo artist after featuring on and co-writing B.o.B’s Nothin’ on You and Billionaire by former Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy – who Mars is now touring with.

“He’s such a warm dude, don’t let the tattoos fool you, he’s a teddy bear and he’s a mentor to me,” he says.

“I remember when we were doing the video for Billionaire, he kept telling me to look at the camera. He’s been doing it for so long and I’m the new guy, so he was kind of coaching me through the music video.”

Now that Mars is performing music as well as making it, he admits being in the public eye takes a bit of getting used to.

“It’s not like the movies, I’ve learned that. I thought it was but even when you get signed, you think that hit records are going to fall into your lap and you’re going to tour but it’s not like that at all.

“You really have to come into it with the whole package, as a salesman, you’ve got to say, ‘This is who I am, this is my music, get in or get out’. You have to really bring something to the table.”

He has not received any media training on how to deal with the press.
“No, I’m a people’s person, I love talking to people, so that’s never been a problem to me,” he says.

“Fortunately there’s no paparazzi waiting for me outside, which is something I hope will never happen. I don’t mind talking to whoever.”

The song, “Just The Way You Are”, has seen record sales boom again since Matt Cardle sang it on X Factor.

“It’s an honour,” Mars says.

“I grew up watching American Idol, so knowing they’re performing the song on such a big platform is great.”

But had he not already achieved a musical career, would Mars have applied for a similar talent show?

After a long pause, he says: “I don’t know, I would like to have known how I would have done, that would be nice.

“But I’m coming out singing the songs that I have written and produced and worked so hard for, so it’s kind of hard for me to think about being on a show like that where it’s basically just singing other people’s songs.”

On his style: “The style stuff all comes from watching my dad — the pinkie rings, the pompadour, everything. My dad would take me to school in some big, busted-up Cadillac, and he’d be wearing a rhinestone jacket and have his hair all whipped and greased up, flashy glasses, and I was like, ‘My dad’s not like the other dads at school!’ I’d try to get out of the car, zoom out. And now I’m the one driving the busted Cadillac, wearing some gaudy sh*t, and it’s what makes me happy.”

On his upcoming world tour: “I want the show to be powerful, because people spent some money on a ticket. I’ve seen Prince and Michael Jackson; those are nights I will remember forever. I’m not doing my job unless I leave a piece of me everywhere I go — if you do the right show, it will stay with people and they’ll tell their kids about it. I hope people can see what I was feeling when I made the records. Then I want to go beyond their expectations and fly.”

On growing up with musical parents: “If you took your kid to school with you every day, and you were studying rocket science, he’d probably be a rocket scientist. So that’s just it — my dad and mom took me to work every single day, and I got to see what it’s like to entertain an audience. I got to entertain everybody who came to Hawaii — a roomful of people that didn’t speak English, from around the world — and to see what music can do, and how it can bring the world together.”

On his Carpool Karaoke session with James Corden: “My biggest memory of that day was that the second it ended, I got a little depressed. Like the last day of vacation, where you’re on the plane home and feel sad that it’s over. It was so euphoric, I just wanted to do it again. There’s a moment at the end of ‘Uptown Funk’ where we’re just sitting there and breathing heavily, and that was real. His commitment was everything — we left it all in the car. I think he’s 100 percent on his way to being one of the greats. He has this unquantifiable energy, where you want to watch it and be a part of it somehow.”

On not endorsing random products like other celebrities do: “I just don’t want to feel gross. It’s as simple as that. I don’t want to feel gross, I don’t want to regret any decisions. Even if I turn down a sweet check because I don’t want to be on that billboard, hawking some shit to the world — I just don’t need to do that. Because you get one shot at this. I’m not a model. I’m not an ice skater. I’m not a chef. I’m here to do music. And I want to be able to look back and say, ‘Yeah, I did it the way I wanted to do it.’ Whether it triumphs or fails, I can live with that.”

Just the Way You Are Lyrics

Oh, her eyes, her eyes make the stars look like they’re not shining. Her hair, her hair falls perfectly without her trying. She’s so beautiful. And I tell her everyday.

Yeah, I know, I know when I compliment her, she won’t believe me. And it’s so, it’s so sad to think that she doesn’t see what I see. But every time she ask me do I look okay? I say..

When I see your face. There’s not a thing that I would change. ‘Cause you’re amazing. Just the way you are.

And when you smile. The whole world stops and stares for a while. ‘Cause girl, you’re amazing. Just the way you are.

Her lips, her lips, I could kiss them all day if she’d let me. Her laugh her laugh, she hates but I think it’s so sexy. She’s so beautiful. And I tell her everyday.

Oh, you know, you know, you know I’d never ask you to change. If perfect’s what you’re searching for, then just stay the same. So don’t even bother asking if you look okay. You know I’ll say..

When I see your face. There’s not a thing that I would change. ‘Cause you’re amazing. Just the way you are.

And when you smile. The whole world stops and stares for a while. ‘Cause girl, you’re amazing. Just the way you are.

The way you are. The way you are. Girl, you’re amazing. Just the way you are.

When I see your face. There’s not a thing that I would change. ‘Cause you’re amazing. Just the way you are.

And when you smile. The whole world stops and stares for a while. ‘Cause girl, you’re amazing. Just the way you are.

Yeah.