A friend introduced Mars to songwriter Phillip Lawrence, who agreed to help Mars compose product.
They presented a song they had actually composed and recorded to a record label, who liked it however desired one of their own artists to execute it. Mars remembers, "We were so broke and struggling, we needed to do what we needed to do, so we ended up offering the song." Initially Mars was disappointed, however he claims, "The light bulb went off. I decided to push the artist thing aside and enter the company by doing this. We can write tunes and produce tunes, so we just actually focused our energy into writing for various other artists. That's how all of it started." By the late 2000s, Mars started discovering success by composing tunes for other popular artists such as Flo Rida's smash hit "Right 'Round," Brandy's "Long Distance," Travie McCoy's "Billionaire" and K'Naan's "Wavin' Flag," the style song for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
After numerous years as one of the popular song sector's leading songwriters, Mars lastly broke out as a vocalist in his own right with the 2010 hit "Nothin' on You." The song was composed for the Atlantic Records rapper B.o.B., however the record label chose to employ Mars himself to croon the heartfelt carolers. The track proved a huge hit, increasing to No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart, immediately transforming Bruno Mars from a behind-the-scenes composer into a pop entertainer. Several months later on, Mars released his first solo solitary, "Just the Way You Are," an additional single that landed the artist on top of the Billboard singles graph. The track served as the lead single for Mars' debut studio album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, launched in October 2010. The cd reached No. 3 on Billboard's cd graphes, and its follow-up songs, "Grenade" and "The Lazy Song" also split the top 10 on the singles chart. He also scored an additional struck with "It Will Rain," which he contributed to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 soundtrack in late 2011.
Around that time, Mars also got a number of Grammy Award elections for his launching effort, including Album of the Year. While he went house empty-handed, Mars provided a career-building efficiency at the Grammy Award ceremony in February 2012. His energetic rendition of his 60s-influenced song "Runaway Baby" had even the most jaded must market veterans moving in their seats. Mars showed himself to be a high-energy live performer, and he even did homage to the late James Brown in his act.