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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Update: Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are indeed a thing. Besides hanging out A LOT recently and adopting matching outfits (see here), the pair have now stepped out holding hands. So that means it’s on... right?
While not too obvious in this photo, that leather-clad arm is indeed attached to Calvin Harris.
According to People’s timely report, The 25-year-old singer was spotted holding hands with DJ Calvin Harris as the pair left a concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood on Thursday. What makes this even more awesome is that said show was by Haim, aka the awesome all-female indie trio, who vacationed with Swift last month.
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are rumoured to be dating after they were spotted shopping together in Nashville.
Taylor Swift has been romantically linked to Calvin Harris after the two were spotted together on Wednesday (25th March). They were snapped food shopping together in Nashville and the pictures, taken by an amateur photographer at the scene, have gone viral. The two, both dressed in black and grey, are not showing any public signs of affection but they have reportedly been spotted together over the past month.
Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift are rumoured to be dating.
Audiences may be divided over whether this comedy crosses the line as it looks for laughs in racism and homophobia, but the cast and crew just manage to keep the movie's heart in the right place. At its core, this is another enjoyable bromance that uses cheap gags to keep the audience chuckling awkwardly. And even if the one joke requires a certain level of gay fear, the film has enough spark and personality to poke fun at what is clearly depicted as narrow-minded paranoia.
It opens in a ludicrously expansive Bel Air mansion, where naive investor James (Will Ferrell) lives with his shark-like fiancee Alissa (Alison Brie), daughter of his boss Martin (Craig T. Nelson). Then as he's performing a duet with John Mayer at his engagement party, the feds swoop in and arrest James for embezzlement. But his innocent plea is ignored, and the judge throws the book at him, sentencing him to 10 years at the notorious San Quentin Penitentiary. With 30 days before he has to report to jail, James hires his car valet Darnell (Kevin Hart) to toughen him up for life behind bars, assuming that because he's black Darnell must surely know something about prison life. Darnell needs the cash, so he plays along, turning to his gang-member cousin Russell (Tip "T.I." Harris) for some street cred.
The script adds some clever texture in Darnell's home life with his no-nonsense wife (Dickerson), who is bemused by the fact that her nice-guy husband is pretending to be a seasoned criminal. Like her, the audience is waiting for the sham to collapse hilariously around him, but the screenplay veers off in some unexpected directions that both increase the tension and push the humour closer to the edge. Even so, the movie's core issue is the gaping divide between obscene Westside wealth and the relative economic struggle in South Central. Although director Etan Cohen never takes any of this too seriously, milking every situation for maximum absurdity.
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During a recent interview, the singer-songwriter was only complimentary about the 25-year-old songstress, who he dated briefly back in 2010.
John Mayer is known to be quite the lothario as he has had a string of high-profile relationships in the past, one of them being with Taylor Swift back in 2010, but many may be surprised that the 37-year-old singer-songwriter is very happy to talk about his former flame.
Mayer dated Taylor Swift briefly in 2010
Initially their brief romance didn't end amicably as Swift wrote the track 'Dear John' for her 2010 album 'Speak Now,' and in response Mayer penned 'Paper Dolls' which is featured on his 2013 album 'Paradise Valley.'
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Katy Perry and John Mayer - Katy Perry hosts a party at her home with John Mayer in attendance. Rumors have been circulating that the on-again-off-again couple was back on, and these images appear to confirm the rumors. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 7th February 2015
The A-list couple might just be back together.
Katy Perry and John Mayer... haven’t we been over this already? The former couple are said to have rekindled their romance, after they were seen “canoodling” over dinner this week. Now, ignoring all other possibilities – they got together as friends, they’re working on a project together, they were set up by their publicists as a publicity stunt, etc. – some news outlets are already freaking out over this.
Katy Perry and John Mayer - together again? Do we even care?
New York Post's Page Six reports that Katy, 30, and John, 37, were seen looking very much like an item when they arrived for dinner at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles, a year after they officially ended their relationship.
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Taylor Swift is joining NBC's 'The Voice' as an advisor, taking up the position Chris Martin left vacant last season.
Taylor Swift at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in September.
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Budweiser Made in America is coming soon, but what's it like to be made in Denver, Colorado?
Budweiser Made in America
We explore the diverse Denver music scene as Budweiser unveil the latest in their series of documentaries ahead of the fast-approaching Budweiser Made in America festival.
When Jay-Z embarked on his Budweiser Made in America project, the ethos he wanted to represent was simple; bringing together bands and artists of all genres to celebrate the rich variation that has become the US musical community. And where better to enjoy this multi-genre theme than Denver, Colorado, home to the likes of everyone from gentle folk rock crooners The Lumineers to industrial Goth collective Velvet Acid Christ?
We hit the Minnesota music scene in the run-up to Jay-Z's new summer festival.
Budweiser Made In America Press Conference at Los Angeles City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California - Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Budweiser
Budweiser Made in America festival is on its way and, to celebrate, the beer brand unveil a series of music documentaries in different States: this week we explore Minnesota!
Being such a huge part of the world, America has always borne a massively diverse music ethos. In almost every part of the country you can come across a different musical culture and it's with this idea in mind that world famous rap star Jay-Z decided to create Budweiser Made in America festival. It's sole purpose is to bring together a choice selection of both up-and-coming and well-established artists spanning all genres including rock, hip hop, R&B, electronic, punk... the list goes on.
Turns out, modesty isn't Mr. Mayer's strong suit.
John Mayer has addressed the news that his ex-girlfriend Katy Perry is planning on writing songs inspired by their relationship. The singer songwriter is usually pretty guarded about his personal life but for some reason felt comfortable talking to a TMZ pap about his famous exes and how some choose to write songs about him.
There was a touch of arrogance to Mayer's words as he opened up on dating fellow pop stars. Confronted by the news that Perry has plans for a John Mayer break-up song in the vein of Taylor Swift's 'Dear John,' Mayer was bolshy.
"I actually want everybody's song to go #1," he said as a self-confessed "third wheel" whilst out with two friends. "I purposely stopped writing hits to give other people a chance to have #1 songs. I just stand to the side." "I have super strength for gang-ups, I'm fine," Mayer replied when asked if he was bothered by the songs his former lovers write about him. "That's what you're supposed to do, man, you're supposed to write songs. You're just not supposed to tell everybody you're doing it." Miaow.
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