John Mayer

Biography

After making his introduction as a sensitive, acoustic-styled songwriter on 2001's Room for Squares, John Mayer steadily widened his approach over the subsequent years, encompassing everything from blues-rock to adult contemporary in the process. Arriving during the tail end of teen pop's heyday, he crafted pop music for a more discerning audience, spiking his songcraft with jazz chords and literate turns of phrase. The combination proved to be quite popular, as Room for Squares went triple platinum before its follow-up release, Heavier Things, arrived in September 2003. Mayer continued to retool his sound with each album, however, moving beyond the material that had launched his career and adopting elements of rock, blues, and soul. Moreover, he partnered with legends of several genres, making guest appearances on albums by Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, and B.B. King, while touring alongside jazz icon Herbie Hancock. Mayer also retained enough pop/rock foundation to continue his reign of the charts, making him one of the decade's most popular songwriters.
Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and raised in the nearby town of Fairfield, Mayer began playing blues as a teenager. By 1997, his skill on the electric guitar was enough to warrant admission into the Berklee College of Music, although Mayer dropped out after two semesters to pursue a songwriting career in Atlanta. Working alongside former classmate Clay Cook, he frequented the local coffeehouse circuit and began co-writing material that melded palatable pop/rock with unexpected flourishes. Cook and Mayer parted ways shortly thereafter, however, with Cook joining the Marshall Tucker Band's touring lineup for several years. Now a solo artist by default, Mayer recorded several of the duo's songs, packaged them alongside a handful of his own compositions, and self-released the EP in 1999 under the title Inside Wants Out.
Mayer secured a deal with Aware Records in early 2000, and recording sessions for his debut album commenced later that year with producer John Alagia, renowned for his work with Dave Matthews and Ben Folds Five. Although Inside Wants Out had been a decidedly acoustic effort, Room for Squares proved to be a more expansive affair, with several of Mayer's old songs receiving new, radio-ready arrangements. Released in 2001 by both Aware and Columbia Records, the album quickly launched Mayer's career, with "No Such Thing" and "Your Body Is a Wonderland" both becoming Top 20 hits.
As Mayer hit the road in support of the album, his considerable talent as a lead guitarist (a skill that had been downplayed during Room for Squares) flourished, leading him to showcase several blues-influenced solos on his 2003 live album, Any Given Thursday. That same year, Mayer won his first Grammy Award for "Your Body Is a Wonderland." He returned to the Grammy ceremony two years later, this time to accept a pair of awards for "Daughters," a soulful ballad from his lucrative sophomore release, Heavier Things. Commercial and critical success notwithstanding, Mayer's interest in other genres convinced him to take a brief break from pop music, and he tested his instrumental chops by collaborating with blues artists (Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Eric Clapton) and jazz legends (John Scofield, Herbie Hancock). He also assembled the John Mayer Trio, whose bluesy rock & roll was displayed on the band's first and only release, Try!
Mayer returned to his solo career with 2006's Continuum, a warmly received album that saw him focusing on blues, pop, and contemporary soul. "Gravity" found modest success as a single, but "Waiting on the World to Change" proved to be the album's commercial highlight, cracking the Top 20 in February 2007 and winning a Grammy that same month. Later that year, Mayer achieved his highest-charting single to date with "Say," a song from the Rob Reiner film The Bucket List. After "Say" peaked at number 12, the song was included in a reissued version of Continuum, and it took home yet another Grammy Award (along with "Gravity") in early 2009.
Mayer returned to the studio in 2009 and emerged with Battle Studies, featuring the single "Heartbreak Warfare." Building upon Continuum's slick, adult contemporary sound, the album sold well. However, its release marked a tough period for Mayer's public image, as he was criticized for comments he made about ex-girlfriends Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston during interviews for Rolling Stone and Playboy. Subsequently, Mayer deleted his Twitter account and took some time off from appearing in public and doing interviews.
In 2011, while recording his fifth studio album, the Don Was-produced Born and Raised, Mayer revealed that he would be receiving treatment for granulomas found near his vocal cords. Following his surgery, Mayer completed the album and debuted the leadoff single "Shadow Days." A stripped-down affair, Born and Raised showcased a more rootsy, folk and country-tinged sound than his previous efforts. Three months before the album's release, a recurrence of Mayer's granulomas forced him to cancel his subsequent planned tour and abstain from singing indefinitely while he received more treatment. Upon its release, Born and Raised became Mayer's first album to spend more than two weeks at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2013, Mayer returned to the studio with Don Was to record Paradise Valley, his sixth album and one that would continue to explore the rootsy, folk style of Born and Raised.

Birth Date: October 16, 1977

Origin: Bridgeport, CT

Genre: Rock 

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

    Albums

    No albums available

    Concerts

    31

    Times Union Center

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Friday, March 31, 2017

    Albany, NY

    Artists: John Mayer


    1

    Centre Bell Centre

    Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Start: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Montreal, QC

    Artists: John Mayer


    1

    Centre Bell Centre

    Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Montreal, QC

    Artists: John Mayer


    3

    Air Canada Centre

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Monday, April 3, 2017

    Toronto, ON

    Artists: John Mayer


    5

    Madison Square Garden

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    New York, NY

    Artists: John Mayer


    6

    Verizon Center

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Washington, DC

    Artists: John Mayer


    7

    Wells Fargo Center

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Friday, April 7, 2017

    Philadelphia, PA

    Artists: John Mayer


    9

    TD Garden

    Sunday, April 9, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, April 9, 2017

    Boston, MA

    Artists: John Mayer


    11

    United Center

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Chicago, IL

    Artists: John Mayer


    12

    Schottenstein Center

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Columbus, OH

    Artists: John Mayer


    14

    Sprint Center

    Friday, April 14, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Friday, April 14, 2017

    Kansas City, MO

    Artists: John Mayer


    15

    Xcel Energy Center

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Saint Paul, MN

    Artists: John Mayer


    17

    Rogers Place

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Monday, April 17, 2017

    Edmonton, AB

    Artists: John Mayer


    19

    Rogers Arena

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Vancouver, BC

    Artists: John Mayer


    21

    The Forum

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Friday, April 21, 2017

    Inglewood, CA

    Artists: John Mayer


    22

    T-Mobile Arena

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Las Vegas, NV

    Artists: John Mayer


    18

    Isleta Amphitheater

    Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Albuquerque, NM

    Artists: John Mayer


    21

    Gorge Amphitheatre

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Friday, July 21, 2017

    George, WA

    Artists: John Mayer


    22

    Moda Center

    Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Portland, OR

    Artists: John Mayer


    25

    Honda Center

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Anaheim, CA

    Artists: John Mayer


    27

    Golden 1 Center

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Sacramento, CA

    Artists: John Mayer


    29

    Shoreline Amphitheatre

    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Start: Friday, March 3, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Mountain View, CA

    Artists: John Mayer


    30

    The Forum

    Sunday, July 30, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, July 30, 2017

    Inglewood, CA

    Artists: John Mayer


    1

    Talking Stick Resort Arena

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    Phoenix, AZ

    Artists: John Mayer


    3

    AT&T Center

    Thursday, August 3, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Thursday, August 3, 2017

    San Antonio, TX

    Artists: John Mayer


    5

    American Airlines Center

    Saturday, August 5, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, August 5, 2017

    Dallas, TX

    Artists: John Mayer


    6

    The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

    Sunday, August 6, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, August 6, 2017

    Woodlands, TX

    Artists: John Mayer


    8

    Bridgestone Arena

    Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    Nashville, TN

    Artists: John Mayer


    9

    Smoothie King Center

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    New Orleans, LA

    Artists: John Mayer


    10

    Lakewood Amphitheatre

    Thursday, August 10, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Thursday, August 10, 2017

    Atlanta, GA

    Artists: John Mayer


    12

    BB&T Center

    Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Start: Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Sunrise, FL

    Artists: John Mayer


    13

    Amalie Arena

    Sunday, August 13, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, August 13, 2017

    Tampa, FL

    Artists: John Mayer


    15

    PNC Music Pavilion

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Charlotte, NC

    Artists: John Mayer


    16

    Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Raleigh, NC

    Artists: John Mayer


    18

    BB&T Pavilion (Formerly Susquehanna)

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Friday, August 18, 2017

    Camden, NJ

    Artists: John Mayer


    19

    PNC Bank Arts Center

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Holmdel, NJ

    Artists: John Mayer


    20

    XFINITY Theatre

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Hartford, CT

    Artists: John Mayer


    22

    Lakeview Amphitheater

    Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    Syracuse, NY

    Artists: John Mayer


    23

    Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

    Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    Wantagh, NY

    Artists: John Mayer


    25

    Jiffy Lube Live

    Friday, August 25, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Friday, August 25, 2017

    Bristow, VA

    Artists: John Mayer


    26

    Riverbend Music Center

    Saturday, August 26, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, August 26, 2017

    Cincinnati, OH

    Artists: John Mayer


    27

    Darien Lake Amphitheater

    Sunday, August 27, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, August 27, 2017

    Darien Center, NY

    Artists: John Mayer


    29

    Budweiser Stage

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Toronto, ON

    Artists: John Mayer


    30

    Blossom Music Center

    Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    Cuyahoga Falls, OH

    Artists: John Mayer


    1

    DTE Energy Music Theatre

    Friday, September 1, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Friday, September 1, 2017

    Clarkston, MI

    Artists: John Mayer


    2

    Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Chicago, IL

    Saturday, September 2, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, September 2, 2017

    Tinley Park, IL

    Artists: John Mayer


    3

    Klipsch Music Center

    Sunday, September 3, 2017

    Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, September 3, 2017

    Noblesville, IN

    Artists: John Mayer


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