John Mayer (US singer-songwriter)

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John Clayton Mayer (; born October 16, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta 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".

By 2005, Mayer had moved away from the acoustic music that characterized his early records, and begun performing the blues and rock music that had originally influenced him as a musician. He collaborated 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 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 Battle Studies World Tour.

After having several controversial incidents with the media, Mayer withdrew from public life in 2010 and began work on his fifth studio album, Born and Raised, which drew 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 forced him to cancel the planned tour. The album received a generally favorable reception, though was less commercially successful than his previous work. Mayer began performing as a singer again in January 2013, and that year released his sixth studio album, Paradise Valley, which incorporates 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 formed Dead & Company with three former Grateful Dead musicians. The band's performances have been well-received, with tours in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

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), contributing to the watch site Hodinkee, and has been on the jury at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 More Music 2 Various Artists 1
2010 50 Jaar Radio Veronica: The 00’s Various Artists 5 1
2010 Radio 538 Hitzone 53 Various Artists 1
2010 The Nightfly: Yesterday, Today, Tonight Nick the Nightfly 1
2010 Promo Only: Mainstream Radio, June 2010 Various Artists 1
2010 Songs to Make You Smile Various Artists 1
2010 The Golden Hits Various Artists 1
2010 Kuschelrock 24 Various Artists 2
2010 Radio 538 Hitzone 55 Various Artists 1
2010 More Music 2010 Various Artists 1
2010 Radio 538 Hitzone: Best of 2010 Various Artists 1
2010 So Fresh the Hits of Summer 2011 + The Best of 2010 Various Artists 1
2010 Pure… Guitar Heroes Various Artists 1
2010 Cities 97 Sampler, Volume 22 Various Artists 1
2010 Guitar Classics: The Best Singer Songwriters Various Artists 1
2010 Pure(ly) Acoustic 3 Various Artists 1
2010 Rock’mantique Top 100, Vol. 3 Various Artists 1
2011 2011 GRAMMY Nominees Various Artists 3
2011 Knuffelrock 2011 Various Artists 2
2011 Radio 538 Hitzone 56 Various Artists 1
2011 Songs for Japan Various Artists 3
2011 The Guitar: 31 Laidback Songs Various Artists 1
2011 Veronica Top 1000 Allertijden: Editie 2011 Various Artists 1
2011 Kuschelrock Always & Forever (Kate & William Hochzeitsedition) Various Artists 2
2011 So Fresh: A Decade Of Hits 2001-2010 Vol 2 Various Artists 1
2011 100x Zomer 2011 Various Artists 1
2011 Absolute Acoustic Various Artists 1
2011 Flood Relief Various Artists 1
2011 The Complete Collection Tony Bennett 1
2011 The Love Junkie 3 Various Artists 1
2012 Veronica Album Top 1000 - The Long Versions Various Artists 5 1
2012 Radio 538 Hitzone 61 Various Artists 1
2012 Knuffelrock 2012 – Jubileum‐Editie Various Artists 1
2012 Promo Only: Hot Video, June 2012 Various Artists 1
2012 Radio 538 Hitzone 62 Various Artists 1
2012 Monitor This! June/July 2012 Various Artists 1
2012 Pure… Guitar Legends Various Artists 1
2012 Veronica 00's Top 500 Various Artists 1
2012 ¡Buenos días, Javi Nieves! Various Artists 1
2012 100x Winter 2012 Various Artists 1
2012 538 Hitzone: Best of 2012 Various Artists 1
2012 Keep Calm and Stay Cosy Various Artists 1
2012 American Anthems: All Time Classics Various Artists 1
2012 Just Great Songs 2012 Various Artists 1
2012 Radio 10 Gold: Top 4000 Various Artists 1
2013 Bring 'Em In / Skin Deep Buddy Guy 1
2013 Knuffelrock 2013 Various Artists 1
2013 40 ans, les nocturnes Georges Lang Various Artists 1
2013 100x zomer 2013 Various Artists 2
2013 Het beste uit de Qmusic top 500 van de 00’s Various Artists 1
2013 Radio 538 Hitzone 67 Various Artists 1
2013 Knuffelrock 2014 Various Artists 3
2013 100x Winter 2013 Various Artists 1
2013 Het Beste Uit 2500 X Top 40 Various Artists 1
2013 Top 2000 Editie 2013 Various Artists 1
2013 Veronica Album Top 1000 Allertijden Various Artists 1
2014 The Classics Tony Bennett 2
2014 100x Liefde 2014 Various Artists 1
2014 Muziek uit de TV‐serie Divorce Various Artists 1
2014 Q-music Top 500 van de 10's, Deel 1 Various Artists 1
2014 Radio 538 Hitzone 70 Various Artists 1
2014 3FM: 36 Serious Tracks Various Artists 2
2014 More Music 2014 Various Artists 1
2014 Knuffelrock 2015 Various Artists 1
2014 My Songs 2014 Various Artists 1
2014 It Had to Be Y♥u: The Ultimate Love Songs Various Artists 1
2015 The Greatest Singer‐Songwriter Hits Various Artists 2
2015 The Greatest Singer‐Songwriter Classics Various Artists 1
2015 Your Winter Mix Tape 2015 Various Artists 1
2015 Coffeehouse Classics, Vol. 1 Various Artists 1
2015 Ultimate Love Various Artists 1
2015 Ultimate Rock Various Artists 1
2015 Ultimate Rock - Great Rock Music Various Artists 1
2015 100X Winter 2015 Various Artists 1
2015 Knuffelrock 2016 Various Artists 1
2015 Relax and Unwind: Summer Various Artists 1
2015 Ultimate Drive Various Artists 1
2016 Acoustic Café Various Artists 2
2016 Ultimate Coffeehouse Various Artists 1
2016 Ultimate Guitar Legends Various Artists 1
2016 How it Works: The Dad - The Album Various Artists 2
2016 30 Stars: Love Various Artists 5 1
2016 Recover Various Artists 1
2016 Christmas Cafe Various Artists 1
2016 Kuschelrock 30 Various Artists 2
2016 Knuffelrock 2017 Various Artists 1
2016 Qmusic: Het Beste Uit De Top 1000 - 2016 Various Artists 1
2016 Formel Eins: Die 2000er! Various Artists 1
2016 Anthems: Acoustic Various Artists 1
2017 Radio 538 Hitzone 81 Various Artists 1
2017 538 Hitzone 82 Various Artists 1
2017 Ultimate Acoustic: 4 CDs of the Greatest Acoustic Music Various Artists 1
2018 538: Hitzone 85 Various Artists 1
2018 538: Hitzone 86 Various Artists 1
2018 The Singer Songwriter Various Artists 1
2018 Drivetime Anthems Various Artists 1
Atlanta Music 2003 Various Artists 1
Best Buy: Turn It Up to 10 and Turn on the Fun Various Artists 1
Best of the New Millennium Pop, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
Emotions 0.2 Various Artists 1

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