John Mayer Biography, Songs, & Albums | AllMusic
After making his introduction as a sensitive, acoustic-style songwriter on 2001’s Room For Squares, John Mayer steadily broadened his focus in the years that followed, encompassing everything from blues-rock to adult contemporary music in the process. . As skilled a guitarist as he was a singer, Mayer gained widespread attention, enhancing his singing art with jazzy chords and literary twists of phrase. The combination proved quite popular, as Room for Squares went triple platinum before his next release, Heavyer Things, reached the top of the Billboard 200 in 2003. Acclaim followed, including Grammys for hits like “Your Body Is a wonderland” and “daughters”. He reached number two on the Billboard 200 with 2006’s Continuum, an album that earned him additional Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Mayer continued to transform his sound with each album, moving beyond the material that had launched his career and embracing elements of rock, blues, and soul. Additionally, he’s associated with legends of various genres, making guest appearances on albums by Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, and B.B. king while on tour with jazz icon herbie hancock. Mayer has retained enough of a pop/rock foundation to continue his reign on the charts, releasing more than five Billboard 200 albums, including 2009’s Battle Studios, 2012’s Born and Bred, and 2017’s The Search. . everything; all of which have made him one of the most popular composers of the day. In 2021, he further explored his love of the classic ’80s production aesthetic with sob rock.
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 signed a contract with aware records in early 2000 and recording sessions for her debut album began that same year with producer john alagia, known 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 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.
when mayer hit the road to promote the album, his considerable talents as a lead guitarist (a skill that had been downplayed during room for squares) blossomed, leading him to showcase several blues-influenced solos on his album at I live from 2003, any given Thursday. That same year, Mayer won his first Grammy Award for “Your Body Is a Wonderland.” He returned to the Grammys two years later, this time to accept a pair of awards for “Daughters,” a rousing ballad from his lucrative sophomore release, Heavier Things. Despite critical and commercial success, Mayer’s interest in other genres convinced him to take a short break from pop music, and he put his instrumental chops to the test collaborating with blues artists (buddy guy, bb king, eric clapton ) and jazz legends ( john scofield, herbie hancock). he also formed the john mayer trio, whose blues rock & amp; roll was shown on the band’s first and only release, give it a try!
Mayer returned to his solo career with 2006’s Continuum, a well-received album that saw him focus on contemporary blues, pop and soul. “gravity” had modest success as a single, but “waiting on the world to change” proved to be the album’s commercial highlight, reaching 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” reached number 12, the song was included on a reissued version of Continuum and took home another Grammy Award (along with “gravity”) in early 2009.
mayer returned to the studio in 2009 and emerged with battle studios, introducing the single “heartbreak warfare”. Built on Continuum’s sleek modern sound, the album sold well. However, its release marked a difficult period for Mayer’s public image, as he came under fire for comments he made about ex-girlfriends Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston during interviews for Rolling Stone and Playboy. Mayer subsequently deleted his Twitter account and took time off from appearing in public and giving interviews.
In 2011, while recording her fifth studio album, The Don Was Born And Raised, Mayer revealed that she would be receiving treatment for granulomas found near her vocal cords. After her surgery, Mayer completed the album and debuted with the first single, “Shadow Days.” Three months before the album’s release, a recurrence of Mayer’s granulomas forced him to cancel his subsequent planned tour and refrain from singing indefinitely while he received further treatment. Upon its release, Born and Raised became Mayer’s first album to spend more than two weeks at number one 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. Mayer toured Paradise Valley into 2014. The next year, he was hired by Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann to fill the Jerry Garcia role in Dead & Company, the touring revue that followed the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well shows of 2015. Dead & Company toured into 2016 and then Mayer finished his next album, The Search for Everything. An EP teaser of the album, The Search for Everything: Wave One, appeared in January 2017, and a second, Wave Two, arrived the following month. The full-length The Search for Everything appeared in April 2017.
mayer continued to tour with dead & company, but he was sidelined in December when he had to undergo an emergency appendectomy; The group got back together in 2018. In May of that year, he released the independent single “New Light,” which he produced along with No I.D. 2019 brought two more non-album singles, beginning with “I Guess I Feel Like”, followed in September by “carry me away”. early 2021 marked the arrival of a handful of ’80s-pop-leaning singles including “last train home” (with guest vocals from maren morris) and “new light”, both of which appeared on the rock sob full length later that year. The album again featured production from Mayer’s longtime associate Don Was.