John Mayer
Guitarist and singer/songwriter
John Mayer
John Clayton Mayer is an American pop and blues rock musician, singer-songwriter, recording artist, and music producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and raised in Fairfield, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He moved to Atlanta in 1997, where he refined his skills and gained a following, and he now lives in New York City. His first two studio albums, Room for Squares and Heavier Things, did well commercially, achieving multi-platinum status.
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May 10, 2016
Jimmy Kimmel seen wearing the new LA Rams baseball caps with his daughter
December 09, 2015
Celebrities attend Audemars Piguet Beverly Hills grand opening celebration of Rodeo Drive boutique at Audemars Piguet.
February 08, 2015
Katy Perry and John Mayer split again - Report Singers Katy Perry and John Mayer have reportedly parted ways again after another brief romantic reunion. The stars, who have been dating on and off since 2012, rekindled their relationship earlier this y
April 13, 2014
Morcheeba performing live at the West Coast Blues 'n' Roots Festival held at Fremantle Park, Fremantle
January 23, 2014
Katy Perry and John Mayer split again - Report Singers Katy Perry and John Mayer have reportedly parted ways again after another brief romantic reunion. The stars, who have been dating on and off since 2012, rekindled their relationship earlier this y
January 22, 2014
Katy Perry and John Mayer split again - Report Singers Katy Perry and John Mayer have reportedly parted ways again after another brief romantic reunion. The stars, who have been dating on and off since 2012, rekindled their relationship earlier this y
January 09, 2014
John Mayer seen arriving at LAX
October 22, 2013
Katy Perry and John Mayer split again - Report Singers Katy Perry and John Mayer have reportedly parted ways again after another brief romantic reunion. The stars, who have been dating on and off since 2012, rekindled their relationship earlier this y
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The Weeknd holds off John Mayer for top Billboard spot
Reuters.com - 21 days
(Reuters) - Canadian rapper The Weeknd held off singer-songwriter John Mayer to take the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart for a fourth straight week, according to figures on Monday from Nielsen SoundScan.
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What to listen to now: John Mayer, Discwoman, Brian Puspos and more
LATimes - 26 days
A weekly round-up of must-hear music from Times staffers, focusing on new releases or recently issued archival collections. This week’s picks include light-rocking guitar aficionado John Mayer, a must-hear New York-based DJ and promotion crew and a should-be R&B star. A veteran L.A.-based favorite...
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The Law of Unintended Consequences
Huffington Post - about 2 months
In the social sciences, and even real life, unintended consequences are outcomes that are not the ones foreseen and intended by a purposeful action. There are three outcomes associated with this intractable law: 1. Unexpected benefit: A positive unexpected benefit (also referred to as luck, kismet and "it's a damn miracle!") Example: You meet a roguish sort at a bar. He appears penniless, extremely charming and slightly underfed. When he empties his pockets in an attempt to gather enough moola to pay for a beer, you spot a guitar pick amongst the loose change. You are at once smitten. In spite of the alarms going off in your head you embark on a relationship with Never Gonna Be John Mayer. The anticipated, or fully expected consequence of your action is that you will spend six months sleeping on a mattress on the floor of a damp, grungy craphole in a sketch neighborhood, eating ramen noodles at your age, and will "donate" all your earnings to the guitar player's "career," wh ...
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The Eagles' '<em>Hotel California</em>' at 40, '<em>Buffalo Springfield</em>' at 50
Huffington Post - 2 months
Quick, what is the state anthem of California? If you answer 'California, Here I Come,' you are, like me, wrong. If your answer is 'I Love You, California,' you are an unusually well-informed career state employee. And if, like billions of people around the world, you answer 'Hotel California,' well, you are technically wrong but, oh so right. This month marks the 40th anniversary of the release of 'Hotel California,' both the song and the album it graces which is one of the most telling, and best-selling, albums of all time. The power and mystery of 'Hotel California' has tantalized and inspired, provoked and mystified ever since its exotic and evocative guitar figures and enigmatic lyrics were first heard 40 years ago. "It makes me want to go there and it makes me want to get away," said one tourist standing near a California street corner as a singer with a guitar gave the song a go. "Look at me," she said. "Here I am." December also marks the 50th anniversary of 'Buffal ...
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Shade Queen Katy Perry Films Herself As Kanye West Raps ‘Famous’ Taylor Swift Diss
Huffington Post - 4 months
Katy Perry already received her birthday gift this year when the internet sent her a personal invitation to the #KimExposedTaylorParty after Kim Kardashian released the Snapchat receipts of Swift approving certain lyrics of Kanye West’s “Famous.” You know, the song in which he ponders whether he and Taylor “might still have sex.” Perry and Swift have been long embroiled in a public feud about something (John Mayer? Back up dancer betrayals? Sabotaging an arena tour?) that cut deep enough to inspire the faux-feminist anthem “Bad Blood.” So what better way to celebrate her actual birthday than by attending a Kanye concert and recording herself during his infamous diss?  In an Instagram story posted on Tuesday night, Perry bops along in the pit of Kanye’s Los Angeles concert, before bringing her face close to camera as West raps, “I made that bitch [Taylor] famous.” Katy recording herself during Kanye's Taylor lyrics pic.twitter.com/YRPexiW8BA — malek (@legendarymalek ...
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Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and John Mayer Help Celebrate Drake's 30th Birthday
ABC News - 4 months
See photos from inside the lavish affair.
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Mega Jazz Action Coming To New York This Fall
Huffington Post - 6 months
By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc's Senior Editor, September 8, 2016 After a summer's worth of primo jazz festivals spread all over the city of New York and throughout North America and Europe, you'd think that the end of August would signal the shuttering of 2016's jazz celebrations. Think again. The party was really just getting started as the two most important jazz festivals in the world launch in September. First, there was the Detroit International Jazz Festival (on Labor Day weekend, September 2-5). It's in its 37th year and prides itself in being the world's largest free jazz fest, featuring top-tier artists as well as talented Detroiters performing on four major downtown outdoor stages and in a nightly jam session at the Detroit Marriot's indoor Renaissance Center. Then a couple of weeks later the Monterey Jazz Festival--a stone's throw from the Pacific Ocean (the smell of salt in the air as well as oftentimes chilly fog-driven temps)--stages its three-day jazz-and-beyond bash o ...
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John Mayer Shares His Skin Care Routine In Great Detail On Snapchat
Huffington Post - 6 months
How can you have John Mayer’s supple skin and fair complexion, you probably never asked?  The musician (who hasn’t released an album since 2013 but has recently been touring with Dead &amp; Company) revealed the keys to spending a ton of money on beauty products achieving his radiant mug, in a Snapchat story called “Beauty Secrets with John.” “People ask me, ‘John, what are some of your skincare secrets?’” he says in the video. “And I always say, ‘That’s an odd question to ask me.’ And they always say, ‘You literally just asked me to ask you that.’” Ask no more:  1. Wash with Proactiv ($30). 2. Apply Natura Bissé Diamond Life Infusion ($590) directly to your face from the bottle, what Mayer calls the D.A.T. Direct Application Technique: “Applying skin lotion to your hands and then rubbing into your face gets a lot of lotion stuck to the crease of your fingers, and that’s expensive.” 3. Apply Natura Bissé Extreme Eye ($205) all over the face. Don’t li ...
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John Mayer Says He's Ready to Get Back in the Dating Game
ABC News - 8 months
“I’m single and excited about the future,” he told Andy Cohen.
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Why John Mayer wanted to play with the Dead
CBS News - 8 months
The singer talks to correspondent Anthony Mason about the timelessness of the Grateful Dead's music, and why he wanted to perform with the band's surviving members
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Watch: How Prince Influenced Singers and Musicians Across Music: Part 5
ABC News - 10 months
John Mayer said, "Prince is sort of the pinnacle of greatness when it comes to musicians making pop music in the early '80s."
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Watch: John Mayer Calls Prince the 'Best Pop Musician That Ever Lived'
ABC News - 10 months
The singer said Prince was a great model for him and friends when they were growing up and learning to play music.
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Watch: John Mayer Wishes Paparazzi Congratulations on Wedding
ABC News - 12 months
Lara Spencer reports the buzziest stories of the day in "GMA" Pop News.
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Behind the Big Bucks of This Friends and Big Bang Theory Instagram - People Magazine
Google News - about 1 year
People Magazine Behind the Big Bucks of This Friends and Big Bang Theory Instagram People Magazine They're some of the biggest sitcom stars in history, and they've got the bank accounts to prove it. The worlds of Friends (sans Chandler Bing) and The Big Bang Theory collided over the weekend when the casts gathered at a dinner to celebrate NBC's Must ... 'Friends' Cast Celebrates Post-Reunion, and Jen Aniston's Ex John Mayer Was ThereUs Weekly Kaley Cuoco "died" after meeting "Friends" castCBS News 'Friends' reunion finally happenedTimes of India Boston.com -Vanity Fair -Entertainment Weekly all 182 news articles »
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Wrangling An Authentic Cowboy Experience In The West
Huffington Post - about 1 year
If you've seen one dude ranch you've seen 'em all, right? Horse hockey! Dude ranches can be as varied and multifaceted as any hotel experience. You can bed down in a tent or check into a five-star cabin; you can cook your own meal on a campfire or have a five course, white-glove dinner with wine pairing; you can wrangle your own horse or saddle up with a mounting block. Depends where you go. We've seen it all -- from the downhome, family-style ranch experience at the Bar W Guest Ranch to the adventurous all-inclusive amenities at Mountain Sky Ranch to the ultra high-touch elite-level service at the Brush Creek Spa and Resort. Raising the bar At the Bar W Guest Ranch, just outside Whitefish Montana and nearby Glacier National Park, you're never in doubt that you're on a working ranch. Our kids brushed the horses, fed the horses and rode the horses. We even roped some cows, sorta. If you want to show your kids how to be a cowboy, this is the place to do it. G ...
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John Mayer hops aboard the Dead & Company train at the Forum
LATimes - about 1 year
The members of Dead &amp; Company had been chewing on the taut boogie-rock groove of "Bertha" for a good long while at the Forum when John Mayer looked over at Bob Weir in search of a little guidance. Are we done? Mayer seemed to be asking with his eyes. Or do we keep going? Weir took his hands off...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Mayer
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 38
    In 2016, Mayer and PRS revealed their collaborative project, the Super Eagle.
    More Details Hide Details This was limited release from PRS's Private Stock line of instruments. Each guitar features ultra-grade woods, abalone inlay, JCF Audio preamps, and a hand-signed sticker by glass-artist David Smith. Only 100 were produced, each retailing for around $10,000. Mayer's famous girlfriends have included Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson, Minka Kelly, Jennifer Aniston, Katy Perry, and singer Taylor Swift. In 2002, Mayer created the "Back to You" Fund, a nonprofit organization that focuses on fundraising in the areas of health care, education, the arts and talent development. The foundation auctions exclusive John Mayer items, such as guitar picks, T-shirts and signed CDs. The auctions have been successful, with some tickets selling for more than seventeen times their face value. Mayer participated at the East Rutherford, New Jersey location of the Live Earth project, a musical rally to support awareness for climate change held July 7, 2007.
  • 2015
    Age 37
    After developing an interest in the Grateful Dead and connecting with Bob Weir, Mayer joined Dead & Company, who commenced a well-received tour of the Eastern US that began in October 2015 and continue to tour in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Mayer's secondary career pursuits extend to television hosting, comedy, and writing; he has authored columns for magazines such as Esquire. He supports various causes and has performed at charity benefits. He is a watch aficionado (with a collection valued into the tens of millions of dollars), and has been on the jury at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. He currently lives in Montana.
    In June 2015, Mayer appeared as a guest for two nights with Phil Lesh and Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, recreating the Grateful Dead's notable May 8 and June 9, 1977 concerts.
    More Details Hide Details With the June 2004 issue of Esquire, Mayer began a column called "Music Lessons with John Mayer". Each article featured a lesson and his views on various topics, both of personal and popular interest. In the August 2005 issue, he invited readers to create music for orphaned lyrics he had written. The winner was Tim Fagan of L.A., as announced in the following January's issue. As social media gained momentum in the 2000s, Mayer became increasingly active online, and maintained four blogs: a Myspace page, a blog at his official site, another at Honeyee.com, one at tumblr, and a photoblog at StunningNikon.com.
    He dropped the charges in May 2015, releasing a statement that asserted that research restored his "belief that Bob Maron is an expert on Rolex watches, and confirmed that Bob Maron never sold him a counterfeit watch".
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    In February 2015, while Mayer was guest hosting the The Late Late Show, he invited Grateful Dead guitar player Bob Weir to join him in a studio performance.
    More Details Hide Details A bond developed between the two, and while Weir and the other surviving core members of the Grateful Dead were preparing for their 50th anniversary shows, Mayer began practicing the band's large catalog of songs. That August, Mayer, Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann formed the group Dead & Company, along with Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge. The group began a fall tour in the United States that was well-received — Billboard called the shows "magical" — and continued to tour the US in 2016. Mayer commented on the release of his next solo album, which he says he decided to postpone due to touring with Dead & Company. "“I put the (solo) record aside last April (2015), I would say, and just started wanting to learn all this (Grateful Dead) music, and I came back to the album in January, which was actually really good to take time to step away from it and listen back to it again, and decide what are the songs that have stood the test of time, or what could I do to this song to make it better. And so now, I’m back in the studio making the record. I’ll finish it by the end of the year.”
    In February 2015, Mayer performed alongside Ed Sheeran at the Grammy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details As of March, he was working on a "deeply personal new album". Mayer recounts that in 2011 he was listening to Pandora and happened upon by a song by the Grateful Dead, and that soon the band's music was all he would listen to.
    In 2015, Mayer announced that he was collaborating with PRS Guitars.
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    In the 2015 film Get Hard, he played a version of himself who is disgusted with the “monetization of the creative process.”
    More Details Hide Details John Mayer is a guitar collector and has collaborated with elite guitar companies to design his own instruments. He owns over 200 guitars. In 2003, Martin Guitars gave Mayer his own signature model acoustic guitar called the OM-28 John Mayer. The guitar was limited to a run of only 404, an Atlanta area code. This model was followed by the release of two Fender signature Stratocaster electric guitars, beginning in 2005. A third Stratocaster, finished in charcoal frost metallic paint with a racing stripe, was also a limited-release, with only 100 guitars made. In January 2006, Martin Guitars released the Martin OMJM John Mayer acoustic guitar. The guitar was intended to have many of the attributes of the Martin OM-28 John Mayer but with a more affordable price tag. In August 2006, Fender started manufacturing SERIES II John Mayer Stratocasters.
    In his column for January 16, 2015, he wrote an open letter to the watch brand IWC, encouraging it to "embrace its heritage, scale the product line down in terms of model variants, and simplify the design language".
    More Details Hide Details IWC replied, defending the changes they've made over the years, saying, "We have a wonderful past, it is true—but in admiring what we achieved thus far, we hope you will feel encouraged to look forward to what we achieve in the future". In 2004, Mayer hosted a one-shot, half-hour comedy special on VH1 titled John Mayer Has a TV Show, with antics including wearing a bear suit while anonymously teasing concertgoers in the parking lot outside one of his concerts. Steve Jobs invited Mayer to perform during Apple's annual keynote address at the Macworld Conference & Expo in January 2004 as Jobs introduced the music production software GarageBand. Mayer became a fixture of the event, including at the 2007 iPhone announcement. Volkswagen concluded a deal with instrument manufacturer First Act to include a GarageMaster electric guitar that was playable through the stereo system of six of their 2007 models; Mayer (along with Slash and Christopher Guest) were selected to endorse the campaign and was featured playing the guitar in ads. Mayer used and endorse the BlackBerry Curve.
  • 2014
    Age 36
    Mayer recorded the song "Come Rain or Come Shine" as a duet with Barbra Streisand for her album Partners, released in September 2014.
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    For the week ending June 1, 2014, Mayer's version debuted at number 90 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 13 on the US Hot Rock Songs chart.
    More Details Hide Details On the Canadian Hot 100, "XO" peaked at a position of 76. The single also peaked at number 81 on the Australian Singles Chart (its debut week), and at number 95 on the Dutch Singles Chart. In the UK, it peaked at 115 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • 2013
    Age 35
    On June 18, 2013, he released a lyric video for the album's first single, "Paper Doll", on his official YouTube page. The album was released August 20, 2013, and—meeting with positive reviews— debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 145,560 copies in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Mayer embarked on a tour, his first in three years, in support of Born and Raised and Paradise Valley. The American leg of the tour ran from July to December 2013 with Interscope recording artist Phillip Phillips serving as support act. The tour visited Australia in April 2014. During a concert in Adelaide, Mayer covered the Beyoncé song "XO". One month later, on May 22, he released a studio version of the song on his SoundCloud account. It was made available for digital download by Columbia Records on May 27, 2014 through the iTunes Store.
    In June 2013, Mayer announced that he was finishing work on his sixth album, Paradise Valley.
    More Details Hide Details Produced by Don Was, the album features "low-key folk-rock tunes". He collaborated with Frank Ocean on the song "Wildfire Pt. 2", and with Katy Perry on "Who You Love". The latter song would go on to become the album's third single, and an accompanying music video was released on December 17.
    In April 2013, he made an appearance at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, and at the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, where he inducted the late Albert King.
    More Details Hide Details A show at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Alabama on April 25, 2013, followed by a set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival the next day, marked his first full-length concerts since his health troubles.
    By January 2013, Mayer had recovered sufficiently enough to perform at a benefit concert in Bozeman, after almost two years without singing publicly.
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  • 2012
    Age 34
    He played with the Rolling Stones in New Jersey in December 2012.
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    He appeared in September 2012 on Saturday Night Live, where he joined musical guest Frank Ocean.
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    However, the granuloma returned, and on March 9, 2012, Mayer announced that he had been forced to cancel his tour and refrain from all singing indefinitely.
    More Details Hide Details Even so, Born and Raised was released as scheduled, and entered the Billboard 200 chart at number one, selling 219,000 copies in its first week. It also received generally positive critical feedback; Rolling Stone rated it number 17 on its list of the 50 Best Albums of 2012, and People magazine called it "a shimmering album". Meanwhile, Mayer brought a new focus to his guitar playing and, fearing that his vocal cords had been permanently damaged, tried to come to terms with a possible future as a session musician. Determined to be cured, he sought help from the UCLA Voice Center. That September, otolaryngologist Dr. Gerald Berke paralyzed Mayer's vocal cords with a series of high-dose Botox injections, hoping that they would allow the granuloma to heal. Mayer's vocal rest extended to several months and, unable to even talk, his performances were limited to accompanying other artists on guitar.
    With his treatments complete, Mayer finished the vocals on Born and Raised, and the album's first single, "Shadow Days", was released on February 27, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The following day, he released the track listing for the album, announcing that it would be released on May 22 of that year. He described it as his "most honest" album, and begin booking dates at more "intimate" venues than for Battle Studies. He also accepted an invitation to appear at the South by Southwest festival.
    During his travels, he visited and fell in love with Bozeman, Montana, where he bought a house and re-settled in the spring of 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 33
    A month later, on October 20, 2011, Mayer posted, "I had surgery this afternoon to remove it and am now on complete vocal rest for a month or more," during which he planned to "travel the country, look, and listen".
    More Details Hide Details However, the surgery did not work as expected, and he had to undergo another one that August.
    On September 16, 2011, he posted on his blog that his next record, Born and Raised, would be delayed due to treatment he was receiving for a granuloma discovered on his vocal cords.
    More Details Hide Details Mayer described the event as a "temporary setback" and added that the album was entirely finished except for a few vocal tracks.
  • 2010
    Age 32
    However, Swift released a song called "Dear John" in 2010, which was widely believed to be about her relationship with him.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2012, Mayer criticized the song, saying she never contacted him and that "it's abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, 'Wait till he gets a load of this!'" The song "Paper Doll"—the first single from Mayer's album Paradise Valley—was reportedly a response, an assertion which Mayer has neither confirmed nor denied. In March 2014, Mayer sued watch dealer Robert Maron for $656,000 when he discovered that seven of the $5 million in watches he purchased from the dealer contained counterfeit parts.
    In early 2010, Mayer gave a controversial interview to Playboy magazine.
    More Details Hide Details In response to a question about his interest in dating black women, he said, "My dick is sort of like a white supremacist. I've got a Benetton heart and a fuckin' David Duke cock. I'm going to start dating separately from my dick." He also used the word "nigger" in the interview. This set off accusations in the media of him being a misogynist, kiss-and-tell ex-boyfriend, and racist. He apologized via Twitter for his use of the word "nigger", saying, "It was arrogant of me to think I could intellectualize a word that is so emotionally charged". He also tearfully apologized to his band and fans at his concert in Nashville later that night. In the following two years, he left New York and retreated from the media. Reflecting on that time in a May 2012 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he said, "I lost my head for a little while and I did a couple of dumb interviews and it kind of woke me up It was a violent crash into being an adult. For a couple of years, it was just figuring it all out, and I'm glad I actually stayed out of the spotlight."
    Following two revealing and highly controversial magazine interviews in February 2010 with Rolling Stone and Playboy magazines, Mayer withdrew from public life and ceased giving interviews.
    More Details Hide Details While still on tour for Battle Studies, he began work in earnest on his fifth studio album—which drew on the popular music of Laurel Canyon in the early 1970s. Around this time, he began to experience vocal problems, and sought medical assistance.
    After having several controversial incidents with the media, Mayer withdrew from public life in 2010 and began work on a follow-up album, called Born and Raised, that would draw inspiration from the 1970s pop music of Laurel Canyon.
    More Details Hide Details However, the discovery of a granuloma on his vocal cords delayed the release of the album until May 2012, and ultimately forced him to cancel the planned tour. Even so, the album enjoyed a generally favorable reception, though was less commercially successful than his previous work. After extensive treatments for his vocal problems—and a two-year hiatus—Mayer began performing as a singer again in January 2013, and that year released the album, Paradise Valley. The album is named for where he lives in Montana and features country music influences. By 2014, he had sold a total of over 20 million albums worldwide.
  • 2009
    Age 31
    On November 17, 2009, Mayer's fourth studio album, Battle Studies, debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart.
    More Details Hide Details The first single, "Who Says", was released on September 24, 2009 in advance of the album, followed on October 19 by "Heartbreak Warfare" and "Half of My Heart" on June 21, 2010. The accompanying arena tour grossed 45 million. Despite the album's commercial success, critics reactions were mixed. Some reviews glowed, calling it his "most adventurous", others called the album "safe" and noted that "Mayer the singer-songwriter and Mayer the man about town sometimes seem disconnected, like they don't even belong in the same body". Mayer admitted to Rolling Stone that he thought Battle Studies was not his best album.
    On July 7, 2009, Mayer performed an instrumental guitar version of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" at Jackson's televised memorial service.
    More Details Hide Details He co-wrote "Worlds of Chance" with Demi Lovato for her second album Here We Go Again, released later that month. After the overwhelming success of Continuum, Mayer confessed to be intimidated with beginning on a follow-up. However, he stated, "I think it got a lot easier when I realized that no matter what I do, it's not going to be Continuum, good or bad."
    Australian artist Guy Sebastian invited Mayer to collaborate on three songs from his 2009 album Like It Like That.
    More Details Hide Details Mayer also played guitar on the title track of Crosby Loggins' debut LP, Time to Move.
    On February 9, 2009, Mayer told Ellen DeGeneres that he thought he should not have won the Grammy for Song of the year because he thought that Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You" was the better song.
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  • 2008
    Age 30
    On July 1, 2008, Mayer released Where the Light Is, a live concert film of Mayer's performance at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on December 8, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The film was directed by Danny Clinch. It features an acoustic set and a set with the Trio, followed by a set with the band from the Continuum album.
    In February 2008, Mayer hosted a three-day Caribbean cruise event that included performances with various musicians including David Ryan Harris, Brett Dennen, Colbie Caillat, and Dave Barnes, among others.
    More Details Hide Details The event was called "The Mayercraft Carrier" and was held aboard the cruise ship known as the Carnival Victory. A follow up cruise titled "Mayercraft Carrier 2" sailed from Los Angeles March 27–31, 2009 on the Carnival Splendor.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2007
    Age 29
    Additionally, he was selected by the editors of Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2007, listed among artists and entertainers.
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    The release contained a bonus disc of six live songs from his 2007 tour: five from Continuum and a cover of the Ray Charles song "I Don't Need No Doctor". His new single, "Say", became available through iTunes. On December 6, 2007, "Belief" was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details He accompanied Alicia Keys on guitar on her song "No One" at the ceremony.
    Mayer was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone (#1020) in February 2007, along with John Frusciante and Derek Trucks.
    More Details Hide Details He was named as one of the "New Guitar Gods", and the cover nicknamed him "Slowhand, Jr.", a reference to Eric Clapton. The initial North American Continuum tour ended on February 28, 2007, with a show at Madison Square Garden that the New York Post described as "career-defining". On November 20, 2007, the re-issue of Continuum became available online and in stores.
    Both albums received wide critical acclaim, and Continuum earned Mayer a 2007 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.
    More Details Hide Details He also won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Waiting on the World to Change". That album was followed by Battle Studies in 2009, a return to pop, with a number-one grossing tour.
  • 2006
    Age 28
    Mayer's third studio album, titled Continuum, was released on September 12, 2006, produced by Mayer and Steve Jordan.
    More Details Hide Details Mayer suggested the album was intended to combine blues and pop. In that vein, two of the tracks from his Trio release Try!—"Vultures" and "Gravity"—were included on Continuum. Despite his excitement, in a Rolling Stone interview, Mayer recalled that after former Columbia Records head, Don Ienner, panned Continuum; as result, Mayer briefly considered quitting music and studying design full-time.
    On December 7, 2006, Mayer was nominated for five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details The Trio received a nomination for Try! He won two: Best Pop Song with Vocal for "Waiting on the World to Change" and Best Pop Album for Continuum. Mayer remixed an acoustic version of his single "Waiting on the World to Change" with vocal additions from fellow musician Ben Harper. In preparation for Continuum, Mayer had booked the Village Recorder in Los Angeles to record five acoustic versions of his songs with veteran musician Robbie McIntosh. These recordings became The Village Sessions, an EP released on December 12, 2006. As usual, Mayer oversaw the artwork.
    He recorded a session for the British program Live from Abbey Road at Abbey Road Studios on October 22, 2006.
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    On September 21, 2006, Mayer appeared on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing "Waiting on the World to Change" and "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room".
    More Details Hide Details The song "Gravity" was featured on the television series House, in the episode "Cane & Able" and Numb3rs.
    On August 23, 2006, Mayer debuted the entire album on the Los Angeles radio station Star 98.7, offering commentary on each track.
    More Details Hide Details A subsequent version was released the next day on the Clear Channel Music website as a streaming sneak preview.
    The first single from Continuum was "Waiting on the World to Change", which debuted on The Ron and Fez Show. The song was the third most downloaded song of the week on the iTunes Store following its release on July 11, 2006, and debuted at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
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    At the 37th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2006, Mayer received the Hal David Starlight Award.
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  • 2005
    Age 27
    Around this time Mayer began announced that he was "closing up shop on acoustic sensitivity". In the spring of 2005, Mayer formed the John Mayer Trio with bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan, both of whom he had met through studio sessions.
    More Details Hide Details The trio combined blues and rock music. In October 2005 they opened for the Rolling Stones and that November released a live album called Try! The band took a break in mid-2006.
    The song "Daughters" won the 2005 Grammy for Song of the Year, and reached #1 on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart and #19 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    More Details Hide Details He dedicated the award to his grandmother, Annie Hoffman, who had died in May 2004. He also won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
  • 2004
    Age 26
    After a public campaign by their senior class president, Mayer performed a surprise three-song set at the 2004 Pennsbury High School senior prom.
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    Mayer again recorded live concerts across seven nights of his U.S. tour in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details These recordings were released to the iTunes Store under the title As/Is, indicating that the errors were included along with the good moments. A few months later, a "best of" CD was compiled from the As/Is nights. The album included a previously unreleased cover of Marvin Gaye's song "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)", featuring a solo from Mayer's supporting act—jazz and blues turntablist DJ Logic. The album covers of the As/Is releases feature drawings of anthropomorphic bunnies. As early as 2002, Chris Willman with Entertainment Weekly said that Mayer was "more historically savvy, and more ambitious than you'd guess from the unforced earnestness of for Squares. However, Mayer was largely associated with the Adult Contemporary and singer/songwriter genres. Fame allowed him access to his early influences, and he began collaborating with blues and jazz artists. He accompanied Buddy Guy in a concert at the Irving Plaza in December 2003. He toured with jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, including a show at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. He also performed on commercial releases, namely, with Eric Clapton (Back Home, Crossroads Guitar Festival), Buddy Guy (Bring 'Em In), John Scofield (That's What I Say), and B.B. King (80). Although Mayer maintained his reputation as a singer-songwriter, he gained distinction as a guitarist,
  • 2003
    Age 25
    Heavier Things, Mayer's second album, was released in 2003 to generally favorable reviews.
    More Details Hide Details Rolling Stone, Allmusic and Blender all gave positive, although reserved, feedback. The album was commercially successful, and while it did not sell as well as Room for Squares, it peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart.
    In February 2003, Mayer released a live CD and DVD of a concert in Birmingham, Alabama titled Any Given Thursday, which included songs previously not recorded, such as "Man on the Side", "Something's Missing", and Covered in Rain".
    More Details Hide Details Commercially, the album peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200 chart. Its accompanying DVD release received conservative—although consistent—praise, with critics torn between his pop-idol image, and (at the time) emerging guitar prowess. Erik Crawford of AllMusic asked, "Is Mayer the consummate guitar hero exemplified when he plays a cover of Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'Lenny', or is he the teen idol that the pubescent girls shriek for after he plays 'Your Body Is a Wonderland?'" That summer, Mayer went on the road with Counting Crows in a tour that spanned 42 dates between July 7 and September 2.
    In 2003, Mayer won a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Your Body Is a Wonderland".
    More Details Hide Details In his acceptance speech he remarked, "This is very, very fast, and I promise to catch up". He also figuratively referred to himself as being sixteen, a remark that many mistook to mean that he was sixteen years old at the time.
    In 2003, he won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the single "Your Body Is a Wonderland".
    More Details Hide Details Though Mayer started his career mainly performing acoustic rock, he began moving towards the blues genre that had originally influenced him as a musician. By 2005, he was collaborating with blues artists such as B. B. King, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton. Forming the John Mayer Trio, he released a live album in 2005 called Try!, and his third studio album Continuum in 2006.
  • 2001
    Age 23
    After including him in Aware Festival concerts and his songs on Aware compilations, in early 2001, Aware released Mayer's internet-only album titled, Room for Squares.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, Aware concluded a deal with Columbia Records that gave Columbia first pick in signing Aware artists. In September, Columbia remixed and re-released Room for Squares. As part of the major label "debut", the album's artwork was updated, and the track "3x5" was added. The re-release included reworked studio versions of the first four songs from Inside Wants Out. By the end of 2002, Room for Squares had spawned several radio hits, including "No Such Thing", "Your Body Is a Wonderland", and ultimately, "Why Georgia". It also received general praise critically, and Mayer drew comparisons to Dave Matthews.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1997
    Age 19
    Mayer considered skipping college to pursue his music, but his parents dissuaded him. He enrolled in the Boston, Massachusetts Berklee College of Music in 1997 at age 19.
    More Details Hide Details At the urging of his college friend Clay Cook, they left Berklee after two semesters and moved to Atlanta. There, they formed a two-man band called LoFi Masters, and began performing in local coffee houses and club venues such as Eddie's Attic. According to Cook, they experienced musical differences due to Mayer's desire to move more towards pop music. The two parted ways and Mayer embarked on a solo career. With the help of local producer and engineer Glenn Matullo, Mayer recorded the independent EP Inside Wants Out. The EP includes eight songs with Mayer on lead vocals and guitars. For the opening track, "Back To You", a full band was enlisted, including the EP's co-producer David "DeLa" LaBruyere on bass guitars. Cook had co-written many of the album's songs, including its first commercial single release, "No Such Thing", However, his only performance contribution was backing vocals on the song "Comfortable".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Born
    John Clayton Mayer was born on October 16, 1977 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Richard (a high-school principal) and Margaret Mayer (a middle-school English teacher).
    More Details Hide Details He grew up in nearby Fairfield, the middle child between older brother Carl and younger brother Ben. His father is Jewish, and Mayer has said that he relates to Judaism. As a middle school student, Mayer became close friends with future tennis star James Blake, and they often played Nintendo together after school. He attended the Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk for his junior year (then known as the Center for Japanese Studies Abroad, a magnet program for learning Japanese). After watching Michael J. Fox's guitar performance as Marty McFly in Back to the Future, Mayer became fascinated with the instrument. When he turned 13, his father rented one for him. A neighbor gave Mayer a Stevie Ray Vaughan cassette, which cultivated Mayer's love of blues music. According to Mayer, his fascination with Vaughan started a "genealogical hunt" that led him to other blues guitarists, including Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, Otis Rush and Lightnin' Hopkins. Mayer started taking lessons from a local guitar-shop owner, Al Ferrante, and soon became consumed. His singular focus concerned his parents, and they twice took him to see a psychiatrist, who determined him to be healthy. Mayer says that his parents' contentious marriage led him to "disappear and create my own world I could believe in". After two years of practice, he started playing at bars and other venues, while still in high school.
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