John Mayer (US singer-songwriter)

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John Clayton Mayer (/ˈm.ər/; born October 16, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and raised in nearby Fairfield. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed a short-lived two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters. After their split, Mayer continued to play local clubs—refining his skills and gaining a following. After his appearance at the 2001 South by Southwest Festival, he was signed to Aware Records, and then Columbia Records, which released his first EP, Inside Wants Out. His following two full-length albums—Room for Squares (2001) and Heavier Things (2003)—did well commercially, achieving multi-platinum status. In 2003, he won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the single "Your Body Is a Wonderland".

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. Both albums received wide critical acclaim, and Continuum earned Mayer a 2007 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. 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.

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. 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. 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 U.S. that began in October 2015 and continue to tour in 2016.

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 he values in 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
200 Heavier Things John Mayer 1
1999 Inside Wants Out John Mayer 3.35 4
2001 Room for Squares John Mayer 4 10
2003 Heavier Things John Mayer 3.5 8
2006 Continuum John Mayer 3.65 10
2009 Battle Studies John Mayer 4 3
2012 Born and Raised John Mayer 3 4
2013 Paradise Valley John Mayer 4 4
Lo-Fi Masters Demo John Mayer 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 John Mayer John Mayer 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Any Given Thursday John Mayer 3 2
2003 As Is: Volume One John Mayer 1
2004 As/Is Volume 2: Mountain View, CA 7/16/04 John Mayer 1
2004 As/Is Volume Three: Houston, TX 7/24/04 John Mayer 1
2004 As/Is Volume Four: Cleveland/Cincinnati OH 8/03 - 8/04/04 John Mayer 1
2004 As/Is Volume Five: Philadelphia, PA/Hartford, CT 8/14/04 - 8/15/04 John Mayer 1
2004 As/Is John Mayer 1
2004 2004-12-29: Webster Hall - John Mayer Plays the Blues John Mayer 1
2007 October 24, 2007 Dallas Convention Center Arena, Dallas, TX John Mayer 1
2008 Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles John Mayer 3
2008 On His Own Live In Los Angeles John Mayer 1
1999-06-15: Eddies Attic John Mayer 1
2000-02-25: Eddie's Attic, Decatur, GA, USA John Mayer 1
2002-02-17: 9:30 Club, Washington, DC, USA John Mayer 1
2004-09-17: Berklee College of Music Clinic John Mayer 1
2006-04-10: The Hotel Cafe, Hollywood, CA, USA John Mayer 1
2006-09-13: Live in New York: New York City, NY, USA John Mayer 1
Live Compilation John Mayer 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Lenny / The Wind Cries Mary John Mayer 1
2001 Your Body is a Wonderland John Mayer 1
2002 No Such Thing John Mayer 1
2002 Your Body Is a Wonderland John Mayer 1
2003 Why Georgia John Mayer 1
2003 Bigger Than My Body John Mayer 1
2004 Daughters John Mayer 2
2006 Waiting on the World to Change John Mayer 1
2007 Say John Mayer 1
2008 Beat It Fall Out Boy feat. John Mayer 1
2010 Heartbreak Warfare John Mayer 1
2012 Shadow Days John Mayer 1
2013 Paper Doll John Mayer 1
2013 Wildfire John Mayer 1
2014 XO John Mayer 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Room for Squares (AVCD) John Mayer 1
2006 Waiting on the World to Change: Limited Edition John Mayer 1
2006 The Village Sessions John Mayer 5 2

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 The Complete 2012 Performances Collection John Mayer 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 CMT Crossroads John Mayer & Brad Paisley 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 2004-12-28: Webster Hall, New York, NY, USA John Mayer 1
2009 Live at Beacon Theatre, New York, USA John Mayer 1
2011 Live from Abbey Road John Mayer 1
2013 2013-07-12: The Cynthia Woods-Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX, USA John Mayer 1
2001-06-07: The Brewery, Raleigh, NC, USA John Mayer 1
2002-03-09: House of Blues, Chicago, IL, USA John Mayer 1
2006-05-28: The Hotel Cafe, Hollywood, CA, USA John Mayer 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Village Sessions John Mayer 1

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