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BIOGRAPHY

The middle of three children,

John Mayer grew up in the 1980s near Bridgeport, Connecticut. As a young boy, Mayer was wowed by Michael J. Fox’s performance of the Chuck Berry classic, “Johnny B. Goode” in the movie “Back to the Future”. After seeing the movie, a very young Mayer took up the guitar and began listening to artists like Jimi Hendrix, Sting, and his personal idol, Stevie Ray Vaughn. By the time Mayer was sixteen the precocious performer was honing his performance chops by playing in local East Coast blues bars. By the time Mayer was an eighteen-year-old senior year in high school, he had joined a shortlived high school band. The band quickly split and Mayer resolved to find work at a local gas station. “This [job] is important because it’s going to kill off all the brain cells that are going to tell you not to do the stupid things coming up.”

Folds Five) Mayer completed work on his breakthrough second album, Room for Squares in 2000. The release of the album, an electrified, full-band affair, was followed by a cross-country tour. Mayer was so well received on this, his first national tour, that by the time the tour ended the following year, Columbia Records had re-released his sleeper hit album on its own Columbia imprint.

Mayer’s star continued to rise, and in 2003 he was awarded a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance for his hit song “Your Body Is A Wonderland.” Later in the same year, Mayer released his third album, Heavier Things to critical acclaim. Two Grammies would follow for this album. One repeat award, for Best Pop Vocal Performance, and Mayer spent a brief stint at Boston’s another for his hit from Heavier Berklee College of Music, (where he Things, the single “Daughters.” met future band member Clay Cook.) After leaving Berklee, Mayer found After touring the world, John was invited to perform at Eric Clapton’s another musical outlet. This time, Crossroads Festival in 2004. It was Mayer joined a folk duo, which as with his high school band, was short- there that Mayer took the same stage with guitar legends B.B. King, lived. J.J. Cale, Hubert Sumlin, Buddy After leaving Boston, Mayer relocated Guy, Carlos Santana, and Clapton to Atlanta, Georgia, where he became himself. Mayer not only showed he a regular at songwriter nights around had been paying attention to his the city. Mayer worked the clubs by guitar-playing predecessors, but that he had plenty new to show as night and sent out countless demo well. discs of original material by day. Mayer self-released his debut recording, Inside Wants Out, in 1999. The After touring the world, John was following March, Mayer appeared at iina, and Clapton himself. Mayer the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Mayer’s performance so impressed executives at Columbia Records that he was subsequently signed to Columbia subsidiary, Aware Records. Matched with ace producer John Alagia, (Dave Matthews Band, Ben-hit

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John Mayer