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John Mayer: One of the Best Musicians in Today's Music

Updated on April 18, 2009

John Mayer

John Mayer is a musical genius, that can play any style of music. He is best know for his bluesy rock and roll songs with loads of soul. His albums top charts and are some of the most musically diverse recordings ever made.

John Mayer was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on October 16, 1977. John was the second of three kids. John Mayer played the clarinet in middle school, but became extremely interested in the guitar after seeing Michael J. Fox play the guitar in Back to the Future. When John was 13, his father rented a guitar for him. Along with this, a neighbor gave John a Stevie Ray Vaughan cassette tape and John fell in love, playing all of Stevie's songs. All John did after this play guitar at blues bars while in high school alone and with his band, Villanova Junction. When he was 17, he spent a weekend in the hospital after being struck with cardiac arrhythmia. John now says, “That was the moment the songwriter in me was born,” and he wrote down his first lyrics the night he got home from the hospital. After he graduated, he worked at gas station for 5 months and saved up enough money for his first real guitar – a 1996 Stevie Ray Vaughan Strat.

 "Normally turning the guitar up louder tends to produce a more rock 'n' roll sound" - John Mayer

There has also been talk, confirmed by CBS on January 14, 2009, that John Mayer will be the host of a variety show on CBS.

John Mayer enrolled at Berklee College of Music at age 19. A year later, his friend Clay Cook urged him to leave and come to Atlanta, Georgia. They formed a two-piece band called the LoFi Masters. They broke the band up after they wanted to go different ways musically; Mayer wanted to go in more of a pop direction. After this, John started a solo career. He recorded Inside Wants Out, an 8 song EP, which included John’s first single ‘No Such Thing.”

Aware Records found John Mayer on March 2000. In 2001, Room for Squares was released on the internet only. Soon after, Columbia Records remixed and re-released Room for Squares and included new artwork, “3x5”, and four songs off Inside Wants Out. In late 2002, singles including “No Such Thing,” “Your Body is a Wonderland,” and “Why Georgia” were major hits. He won a Grammy for “Your Body is a Wonderland” in 2003.

Heavier Things came out in 2003 as John Mayer’s second full length album. This managed to score number one on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The song “Daughters,” won Mayer a number 1 single and a 2005 Grammy for Song of the Year.

In 2005, John Mayer, Pino Palladino, and Steve Jordan formed the John Mayer Trio. He met the other two through previous session work. They played a mix of blues and blues rock. The trio opened for The Rolling Stones in October 2005. In November of that year the band put out the album Try! They took a break in summer 2006, but said they would do more studio work eventually.

John Mayer released the album Continuum in September of 2006. It was produced by John and Steve Jordan. The album was centered around songs such as “Vultures” and “Gravity”. Mayer has stated before, that “Gravity” is the “most important song” he’s ever written. In December of 2006, he was nominated for 5 Grammy’s and won two of them: Best Pop Song and Best Pop Album.

John Mayer has released a ton of live albums and EP’s such as the as/is, The Village Recordings, and most recently Where the Light Is on July 1, 2008. Where the Light Is, is live concert DVD/CD of his concert on December 8, 2007 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. It features an acoustic set, a John Mayer Trio set, and a full band set.

On June 1, 2004, John Mayer started a column in Esquire called “Music Lessons with John Mayer”, which included lessons on writing music and lyrics. In the August 2005 issue, he encouraged readers to write songs around song lyrics he had written that were never made into a song. The winner, Tim Fagan won the contest and his victory was published in the January issue of Esquire.

He also maintains four blogs including MySpace, a blog on his official website, one at Honeyee.com, and a photo blog at StunningNikon.com.

Tell me some of your favorite John Mayer songs or videos. Maybe even concert stories! Thanks!

Parker

This is one of my favorite songs off the Where the Light Is album. The main riff is reallly cool. :)

This song is great because of the solo John takes at the end. It's one of the coolest solos I've ever heard.

This is the song John Mayer described as the "most important song" he has ever written, because he can put his feelings at the time into the song and it always

This song is a classic Jimi Hendrix cover. His little speech in the middle is fun to listen to also.

This is pne of my favorite songs ever. The guitar in it is so cool and fun to listen to.

This is a great video too, because he plays his song Slow Dancing in a Burning Room, but he changes it up some for this video. He talks about his live performan

I wish I had over 200 guitars! That would be insane! The guy who worked with Stevie Ray Vaughan is interesting to listen to.

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      rushmaster 

      4 years ago

      I also think he is an amazing musician. Check out this hub I wrote on him.

      http://rushmaster.hubpages.com/hub/John-Mayer-as-a...

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      Darvocet Lawsuit 

      7 years ago

      Wow! That was incredible. My two elder brothers are avid fans of John Mayer. He is truly a legend. I was even influenced by his songs. Thanks for the hub Parker!

    • b2s19a1 profile image

      b2s19a1 

      8 years ago

      GREAT HUB!!!

      I'm doing CD reviews on HubPages so if you haven't heard his new CD yet go to "http://hubpages.com/hub/A-New-Type-of-Blues" to see a review. Many CD reviews coming weekly so stop by!!!!

    • parkerk393 profile imageAUTHOR

      parkerk393 

      9 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thanks! I agree, it's really cool to see how musicians like John Mayer got interested in music. I'm glad you liked all of the videos too. Haha!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      I enjoyed reading about John Mayer, you did a great job highlighting his life. Great videos, also! Congratulations on being a part of HubNuggets!

    • parkerk393 profile imageAUTHOR

      parkerk393 

      9 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thank you so much! I'm so happy you enjoyed it! :)

    • GeneriqueMedia profile image

      GeneriqueMedia 

      9 years ago from Earth

      No problem, always happy to help. =)

      I like this even MORE now! Thank you!

      Sincerely,

      G|M

    • parkerk393 profile imageAUTHOR

      parkerk393 

      9 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Hey thanks for the help GeneriqueMedia! I really appreciate it! :) Great ideas for the videos too.

    • Lgali profile image

      Lgali 

      9 years ago

      very nice hub

    • GeneriqueMedia profile image

      GeneriqueMedia 

      9 years ago from Earth

      "Along with this, a neighbor a Stevie Ray Vaughan cassette tape and John fell in love."<--I think you may want to edit this incomplete sentence a bit. =)

      Awesome Hub! Almost makes me want to buy his stuff. ;)

      Reminds me a bit of Chuck Berry...

      Also, how about a title on each video? Sure, we can see what the song is..but how about giving a short description, or why you love the song?

      Thanks for getting me into this artist!

      Sincerely,

      G|M

    • parkerk393 profile imageAUTHOR

      parkerk393 

      9 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      GnossoS - You cannot deny John Mayer musical talent. I agree with you on "to each his own", very good point. I find John Mayer's music to be very enjoyable. And being a guitar player myself, I really appreciate his songs. :) Thanks a lot for the comment!

      ripplemaker - Thanks again! I'm very happy this is a HubNugget nominee! :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi...congratulations for being a hubnugget nominee! Do visit this link and see what a hubnugget is all about: https://hubpages.com/community/HubNuggets-Are-Brai...

      Remember to vote and ask all your friends to vote too. :=) It is always a joy to read how people started off. Keep hubbing. :-)

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      GnossoS 

      9 years ago from Small Town, AL

      I don't know about his musical "genius"... to me his songs are pretty generic, just like anything else on the radio these days... I just can't get past his droaning voice and unbearably sappy lyrics, but hey, that's just me. To each his own.

    • parkerk393 profile imageAUTHOR

      parkerk393 

      9 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Yes he does have a really great voice!

      Thanks!

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      Dame Scribe 

      9 years ago from Canada

      He does have a awesome voice too. Great Hub! :)

    • parkerk393 profile imageAUTHOR

      parkerk393 

      9 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      I agree it is very interesting. Thanks.

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      johnb0127 

      9 years ago from TX

      Wow, cool hub. It is always cool to read about a musician's history before they began their music career. Thanks,

      --John

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