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