John Mayer Bio
John Mayer is a singer, songwriter, and producer who has been working in the music industry for almost two decades, and has created music in many different genres. Mayer was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on October 16, 1977. Mayer’s father rented a guitar for him at thirteen, after he became entranced with the instrument through Back to the Future. He then became interested in blues after a neighbor gifted him with a blues cassette tape, and started taking guitar lessons. After two years of being almost obsessively devoted to music and practice, Mayer began doing his first live gigs. After a stint in the hospital for heart problems, learning to cope with severe anxiety, and briefly attending college, Mayer moved to Atlanta with his friend Clay Cook, whom he performed alongside as the LoFi Masters. Mayer and Cook split up over creative differences, and Mayer reduced his own solo EP. From there, he was able to sign on with a label and launched into fame and acclaim.
Mayer’s first influences were blues and jazz, but he also takes cues from country music and pop. He has a broad vocal range that he loves to show off; even after multiple throat surgeries, his voice has been described as relaxed, yet joyful by reviewers. His pop leanings have earned him a lot of mainstream success and have made audiences more receptive to his more heavily blues-influenced work that otherwise may not have been appreciated outside of close-knit folk circles. Most notable above all are his prodigious guitar skills; he turned to guitar when life was difficult, and that has built up into a confidence with his instrument of choice that allows for bold, earnest choices in his performances.
Mayer has been a very prolific artist; his studio albums include Room for Squares, Heavier Things, Continuum, Battle Studies, Born and Raised, and Paradise Valley, live albums Any Given Thursday, As/Is: Volumes Two-Five, As/Is, and Whe re the Light Is. He has also released the extended plays Inside Wants Out, As/Is: Volume One, The Village Sessions, and The Complete 2012 Performances Collection. Mayer did his first solo tour in 2001, and his own tours include the “Heavier Things Tour,” the “Continuum Tour,” “Born and Raised,” and “Paradise Valley.” He has toured throughout North America, Europe, and Australia, and has performed alongside such artists as Maroon 5, Counting Crows, Ben Folds, The Wallflowers, Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat, Train, and Keith Urban. Mayer had a short comedy special for VH1 titled, appropriately, John Mayer Has a TV Show, where he pranked concertgoers, a cameo in Zombeavers, and other appearances on talk shows and comedic sketch shows. He plays guitar, the omnichord, piano, and harmonica, and has a massive guitar collection. He has won many awards, his Grammys alone are: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance of 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009, Song of the Year 2005, Best Pop Vocal Album 2007, and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance 2009. Fans can follow his Twitter for his thoughts, updates, and his self-described bad jokes like this one: “I dated a girl, she was so dumb, she thought her social security number meant her Instagram password.”