John Mayer

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John Mayer (born 16.10.1977)

John Mayer is an American, Grammy Award-winning musician.

John Mayer: Childhood

John Mayer was raised in Fairfield, Connecticut by his mum, Margaret - and English teacher - and his father Richard - a high school principal.

Whilst attending Fairfield High School, John Mayer befriended the tennis player James Blake. He briefly played the clarinet, but became obsessed with learning to play the guitar after watching Michael J. Fox's performance as Marty McFly in Back to the Future. When his neighbour gave him a Stevie Ray Vaughan cassette tape, Mayer's love for the blues was born. His passion and determination for the instrument led him to be so singularly focused that his parents took him twice to see a psychiatrist.

Mayer started playing in blues bars whilst he was still at school, both solo and as a member of a band named Villanova Junction (named after a Jimi Hendrix song). After graduating from school, John Mayer worked in a gas station until he had saved up enough money to purchase a 1996 Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster. When he was 19, he enrolled in Boston's Berklee College of Music. However, he left after two terms, to move to Atlanta with his friend Clay Cook, where they formed a two-piece band named LoFi Masters.

John Mayer: Music Career

John Mayer recorded an EP, Inside Wants Out, with many of the songs co-written by Clay Cook in 1999. The EP included Mayer's debut commercial single release, 'No Such Thing'.

In 2000, John Mayer performed at the influential SXSW (South By Southwest) festival and caught the eye of Aware Records, who included him in their Aware Festival line-up. The following year, Aware released John Mayer's debut album, the internet-only release Room For Squares. The album was then picked up by Columbia Records, remixed and re-released on a wider scale.

The album spawned a number of hits, including 'Your Body Is A Wonderland', 'Why Georgia' and 'No Such Thing' and Mayer went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

2003 saw John Mayer release a live CD and DVD of his Birmingham, Alabama concert, entitled 'Any Given Thursday'. Later that year, Mayer's second album, Heavier Things, was released and reached number on in the US album charts. Mayer also earned his first number one single, with 'Daughters', which also earned him the 'Song of the Year' gong at the Grammy Awards, beating both Alicia Keys and Kanye West to the title. He also beat Prince, Seal and Elvis Costello to that year's 'Best Male Pop Vocal Performance' award.

John Mayer has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, including Kanye West and Common and has been praised by hip-hop heavyweights Nelly and Jay-Z. He has also worked with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Ben Harper, Herbie Hancock and BB King. Similarly, he has toured with a wide range of bands, including Maroon 5, Paramore, Counting Crows and Ben Folds.

The John Mayer Trio was formed in 2005, with Mayer, Steve Jordan (drums) and Pino Palladino (bass). The band opened for the Rolling Stones and released a live album entitled Try!. John Mayer's third studio album was released in September 2006 and was entitled Continuum. The track 'Gravity', which Mayer considers to be his career masterpiece, was included on this album.

In February 2007, John Mayer was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone's 'New Guitar Gods' feature along with Derek Trucks and John Frusciante.

2008 saw the release of Where The Light Is, a live performance by John Mayer at LA's Nokia Theatre.

Mayer performed an instrumental version of 'Human Nature' at Michael Jackson's memorial service.

Battle Studies was John Mayer's fourth studio album, released in 2009. The album debuted at number one in the US and the lead single was 'Who Says', followed by 'Heartbreak Warfare'.

John Mayer: Personal Life

In 2002, John Mayer briefly dated the actress Jennifer Love Hewitt. He has also dated Jessica Simpson as well as the actresses Minka Kelly and Jennifer Aniston.

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Toy

John Mayer is a real child. He had the best and most beautiful individual in Jennifer Aniston and he drops the ball. You can't get any better. Oh that's right you like sluts like Jessica Simpson. Simpson is such a wantabe just like her family. They should go to work like real people and know what it is to work instead of trying to be performers. Remember John, Jen has introduced you to the Hollywood scene and in a subtle way has helped you gain more fame and recognition.You are nothing without her. She is everything with or without you. She has one thing that very few have in the Hollywood scene. Class!!! Grow up and learnn to tell the truth instead of coating words with lie after lie. But then again you do fit right in with the rest. Pretentious andconceded.Toy

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artistleah

Your voice is so soothing and lethargic... okay, more like all out totally sexy as anything, but I just wanted to tell you that. You're music is wonderfull. Thanks for getting it out there and herd. You are hot too btw.

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Navymom

I hate to hear about John and Jess..I wanted them to be together.

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