Yetta catches up with Bruno Mars' band member, songwriter

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by Yetta Gibson

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Posted on August 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 2 at 9:42 PM

PHOENIX -- Bruno Mars took the stage to a packed house at US Airways Arena Wednesday night.

His music has topped the charts, with hits like “Billionaire,” “Nothing On You’ and his latest one, “Treasure.”

Not only is Mars an amazing singer and performer, but his power on stage is due mostly to the energy of his band. They are not just band members, they have catchy choreographed dance moves performed to every tune.

The members of Mars’ band are his family, friends, his right hand man, and song writer, Philip Lawrence.

I sat down with Lawrence in one of Mars’ fleet of luxury travel coaches, to discuss how they come up with some of those amazing lyrics.

Lawrence is part of The Smeezingtons, Mars’ songwriting team. Mars and Lawrence come up with the lyrics together.

They created the Smeezingtons in 2009,  as both were looking for their big break. Together, they have not only produced and written songs for Mars, but for artists and groups such as the Sugababes, Travie McCoy, B.o.B, Brandy Norwood, K'naan, Lil Wayne, Flo Rida, Chad Hugo, Lil Eddie, Bad Meets Evil, Adam Lambert, and Cee Lo Green.

Lawrence is on tour with Bruno, but when they take a break in September, he will be making the rounds promoting his self titled solo project.

His first performance will be in his home state of Indiana.

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