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Encyclopedia > John Mayer (pop singer)
John Mayer with David Ryan Harris playing at the Macworld 2005 in San Francisco.
John Mayer with David Ryan Harris playing at the Macworld 2005 in San Francisco.

John Clayton Mayer (born October 16, 1977 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA) is a singer-songwriter who plays pop music. In 2005 he also made more moves towards the blues genre. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1333x1000, 233 KB) Please see the file description page for further information. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1333x1000, 233 KB) Please see the file description page for further information. ... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in Leap years). ... 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ... Bridgeport (41n10, 73w12 EST) is the largest city by population in Connecticut, and is located in southeastern Fairfield County, Connecticut. ... State nickname: The Constitution State Other U.S. States Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Governor M. Jodi Rell (R) Senators Chris Dodd (D) Joe Lieberman (D) Official languages English Area 14,371 km² (48th)  - Land 12,559 km²  - Water 1,809 km² (12. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see blues (disambiguation) Blues is a vocal and instrumental music form which emerged in the African-American community of the United States. ...

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Childhood

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut and attended Fairfield Warde High School for his freshman, sophomore, and senior years. He attended Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, Connecticut for his junior year, where he was enrolled in the Center for Global Studies Abroad (Then known as the Center for Japanese Studies Abroad), a magnet program for students in Fairfield County wanting to learn Japanese. Bridgeport (41n10, 73w12 EST) is the largest city by population in Connecticut, and is located in southeastern Fairfield County, Connecticut. ... State nickname: The Constitution State Other U.S. States Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Governor M. Jodi Rell (R) Senators Chris Dodd (D) Joe Lieberman (D) Official languages English Area 14,371 km² (48th)  - Land 12,559 km²  - Water 1,809 km² (12. ... Fairfield is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, about five miles southwest of Bridgeport on the Gold Coast of Connecticut. ... State nickname: The Constitution State Other U.S. States Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Governor M. Jodi Rell (R) Senators Chris Dodd (D) Joe Lieberman (D) Official languages English Area 14,371 km² (48th)  - Land 12,559 km²  - Water 1,809 km² (12. ... Fairfield Warde High School is a secondary school located in Fairfield, Connecticut. ... Brien McMahon High School is a secondary school located in Norwalk, Connecticut. ... City nickname: County Fairfield County, Connecticut Area  - Total  - Water 59. ... The Center for Global Studies Abroad (CGSA) is a magnet school which exists within Brien McMahon High School, in Norwalk, CT. Its primary purpose is to teach Students the Language, History, and Literature of the foreign countries Japan and China (although there are rumours of possible expansion to other...


Mayer listened to pop music, but it was not until the age of thirteen that his inspiration for playing the guitar began. When a neighbor gave him a Stevie Ray Vaughan tape, Mayer discovered the blues and learned how to play the guitar. After two years of practice, he started playing at blues bars and other venues in the area. While in high school, he was in a band called Villanova Junction with Joe Beleznay, Tim Procaccini, and Rich Wolf. The classical guitar typically has 3 nylon and 3 nickel-wound strings. ... Vaughan performing with his Number One Stratocaster Stevie Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 in Dallas, Texas – August 27, 1990) was an American blues guitar legend, known as one of the most influential electric blues musicians in history. ... For other uses, see blues (disambiguation) Blues is a vocal and instrumental music form which emerged in the African-American community of the United States. ... Tourists sit outside a bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand A bar is an establishment where alcoholic beverages are sold to be drunk on the premises. ...


Musical Education and Early Success

After playing the guitar for several years, Mayer enrolled in the Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts at the age of 19. He soon realized that instead of studying music, he was more interested in writing and playing it, and chose to cut his studies short in favor of moving to Atlanta, Georgia. He began his career in earnest there, quickly making a name for himself in the local coffeehouse and club circuit. Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is an independent music college in Boston, Massachusetts with many prominent faculty, staff, alumni, and visiting artists. ... State nickname: Bay State Other U.S. States Capital Boston Largest city Boston Governor Mitt Romney (R) Senators Edward Kennedy (D) John Kerry (D) Official languages English Area 27,360 km² (44th)  - Land 20,317 km²  - Water 7,043 km² (25. ... Atlanta is the capital and largest city of Georgia, a state of the United States of America. ...


Mainstream Success

In 2003 he won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the 2002 release of the single "Your Body Is A Wonderland" off the album Room for Squares. In February of 2005, he also won Male Pop vocal Grammy for his song "Daughters" off the album Heavier Things. He beat out Elvis Costello, Josh Groban, Prince and Seal. He also took home the Grammy Award for Song of the Year which is awarded to song writers, for the song "Daughters". He dedicated that award to his grandmother, Annie Hoffman, who passed away in May of 2004. 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Grammy Awards (originally the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American... The Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance has been awarded since 1966. ... Room for Squares is an album by John Mayer, released on September 18, 2001. ... Heavier Things is the second album by singer-songwriter guitarist John Mayer, released in 2003. ... Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus, aka Elvis Costello. ... Josh Groban in Sarah Brightmans La Luna: Live in Concert (2001) Joshua Winslow Groban (born February 27, 1981 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer. ... Prince Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, known as from 1993-2000) is a popular and influential singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. ... In this 2001 Apple Computer video, Seal holds an iPod and sits beside an iBook Seal (born February 19, 1963) is a British soul vocalist. ... The Song of the Year is one of the two most prestigious awards in the Grammies, if not in all of the music industry. ...


Mayer has toured with many groups, including Maroon 5, Guster, Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, and Teitur. Some of his most popular and well-known songs include "Clarity", "Bigger Than My Body", "No Such Thing" and "Your Body Is a Wonderland". The members of Maroon 5 (from left to right): Jesse, Ryan, Adam, James and Mickey. ... Guster at a concert in Boston, Massachusetts in 2004 Guster is a rock band, originally formed in Boston, Massachusetts by members Ryan Miller (guitar/vocals), Adam Gardner (guitar/vocals), and Brian Rosenworcel (drums/percussion). ... Counting Crows is a rock band that became extremely popular in 1994, following the release of their debut album August and Everything After, which featured the hit song Mr. ... Members of The Wallflowers on the cover of Red Letter Days. ... Teitur Lassen (born 1977) is a singer-songwriter, from the Faroe Islands. ... Clarity is a song by John Mayer, sparsely arranged with piano and drums. ...


Although John has maintained a reputation for being a sensitive singer-songwriter, he is also an accomplished guitarist. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, he accepted an invitation from Eric Clapton to play at the Crossroads Guitar Festival. The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Steve Howe playing lead guitar for Yes in 1977 A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. ... Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (27 November 1942 – 18 September 1970) was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. ... Vaughan performing with his Number One Stratocaster Stevie Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 in Dallas, Texas – August 27, 1990) was an American blues guitar legend, known as one of the most influential electric blues musicians in history. ... Eric Clapton at the Tsunami Relief concert in Cardiffs Millennium Stadium, January 22nd 2005 Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born March 30, 1945) is a British guitarist and composer. ... 2 Disc DVD Set. ...


According to an interview on television, John admitted that he wrote, and still likes writing, his songs while being naked or while naked in the bathtub.


John allows audio taping at most live performances, and he also allows for the non-commercial trading of those recordings. The legal details are here. He does this to give fans the opportunity to recreate the live experience. He also does this to encourage fan interaction. Trading recordings helped John become better known in the early stages of his career.


In the June 1, 2004 issue of Esquire, Mayer began a column called "Music Lessons with John Mayer." Each article features a lesson (some more scholarly than others) and his take on various topics, both personal and of popular interest. In one famous column, he invited viewers to create music for orphaned lyrics he had written.[1] June 1 is the 152nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (153rd in leap years), with 213 days remaining. ... 2004(MMIV) is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Esquire is a magazine for men owned by the Hearst Corporation. ...


Change in Musical Direction

John Mayer at the The Bonnaroo Music Festival, June 10, 2005
John Mayer at the The Bonnaroo Music Festival, June 10, 2005

In 2005, he toured with the legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock which included a show at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2328x3000, 719 KB) Summary John Mayer at the The Bonnaroo Music Festival, June 10, 2005. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2328x3000, 719 KB) Summary John Mayer at the The Bonnaroo Music Festival, June 10, 2005. ... Herbie Hancock Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is a jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, USA. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ... The Bonnaroo Music Festival, Bonnaroo or Roo for short, is an annual rock festival, first held in 2002. ... Manchester is a city located in Coffee County, Tennessee. ... State nickname: Volunteer State Other U.S. States Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Governor Phil Bredesen (D) Senators {{{Senators}}} Official languages English Area 109,247 km² (36th)  - Land 106,846 km²  - Water 2,400 km² (2. ...


Later in 2005, Mayer worked with hip hop artist and producer Kanye West, appearing on Common's "Go" and Kanye West's "Bittersweet". He seems to be hinting that his new album will have a hip hop sound, recently announcing he's "closing up shop on acoustic sensitive" because "it's not music out there right now. To me, hip-hop is where rock used to be." Hip hop is a cultural movement that began amongst urban African American youth in New York and has since spread around the world. ... Kanye West Kanye Omari West (pronounced KAHN-yay) (born June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American record producer and rapper based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Common (aka Common Sense, born Lonnie Rashied Lynn in 1972) is a Chicago-based hip hop artist. ...


Also in 2005, Mayer formed the John Mayer Trio with bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan. The trio play a combination of blues and rock music. As of September 2005, they have released 2 songs on iTunes, and plan to record a live album. One of the songs, "Who did you think I was?", references Mayer's decision to move away from acoustic pop music. In October 2005, the John Mayer Trio will be opening for the Rolling Stones. The John Mayer Trio is the brainchild of former pop sensation John Mayer, who, in 2005, decided to move his music in a new direction, pursuing a more blues-influenced style and paying homage to the greats of his childhood days. ... A bassist is a musician who plays a double bass or electric bass (also referred to as bass guitar). ... Pino Palladino is a noted rock and rhythm and blues electric bass player. ... A drummer is a musician who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... Steve Jordan is a former American Football tight end who played his entire career with the Minnesota Vikings (1982 through 1994). ... iTunes is a digital media player application, developed by Apple Computer, for playing and organizing digital music and video files. ... This article is about the rock band. ...


Cultural impact

In an episode of the animated series Family Guy, the character Chris, in collaboration with a domineering pimple, spray paints the phrase "That's enough, John Mayer" in reference to the feelings some have regarding the singer's career. Family Guy is an animated television series created by Seth MacFarlane for FOX in 1999. ...


It's believed to be a crossover reference to the song "Your Body is a Wonderland". The song and the show both make references to Jennifer Love Hewitt or JLH, but should actually be a reference to a Mrs. Humphreys, who is an Urban Planner from Athens, Ga. ex. "One mile to every inch"


Discography

(with U.S. chart positions)


Albums

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Singles

  • "No Such Thing" (2002) #13 US, #23 Australia
  • "Your Body is a Wonderland" (2002) #18 US, #20 Australia
  • "Why Georgia" (2003) #8 US
  • "Bigger Than My Body" (2004) #33 US, #34 Australia
  • "Clarity" (2004) #13 US
  • "Daughters" (2004) #19 US, #44 Australia, #3 Netherlands
  • "Come When I Call" (2004)

2002(MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2002(MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004(MMIV) is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Clarity is a song by John Mayer, sparsely arranged with piano and drums. ... 2004(MMIV) is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004(MMIV) is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004(MMIV) is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Guest Contributions

Note: See John Mayer Trio for his discography with that group. Serendipity is a romantic movie, starring Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Promotional poster for Win A Date With Tad Hamilton! Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! is a 2004 romantic comedy film, directed by Robert Luketic and starring Kate Bosworth, Topher Grace and more. ... 2004(MMIV) is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Be 2:24 The Corner (Feat. ... Bring Em In is a blues album by Buddy Guy. ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... See also: 2006 in music (UK) other events of 2006 list of years in music 2000s in music // Events Albums announced The Tempest - Insane Clown Posse - (no date) - LP At War With the Mystics - The Flaming Lips - (January) - LP First Impressions of Earth - The Strokes - (January) - LP Lights and Sounds... The John Mayer Trio is the brainchild of former pop sensation John Mayer, who, in 2005, decided to move his music in a new direction, pursuing a more blues-influenced style and paying homage to the greats of his childhood days. ...


See Also

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External links

  • John Mayer at the Internet Movie Database
  • John Mayer at TV.com
  • John Mayer Official Site
  • Local-83 Listeners' Union (John Mayer Fan Club)
  • My Stupid Mouth
  • Lifelines: A Chronology of John Mayer's Music
  • The John Mayer Trading Page
  • Sharing the John
  • JMFF
  • John Mayer News
  • MTV.com - John Mayer
  • JohnMayerFans.com
  • John Mayer Lyrics
  • WBOS interview - part 1 part 2 part 3

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John Mayer (musician) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1025 words)
John Clayton Mayer (born October 16, 1977 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA) is a singer-songwriter who plays pop music.
Mayer listened to pop music, but it was not until the age of thirteen that his inspiration for playing the guitar began.
Although John has maintained a reputation for being a sensitive singer-songwriter, he is also an accomplished guitarist.
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