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John Mayer (born 16.10.1977)
John Mayer is an American, Grammy Award-winning musician.
John Mayer: Childhood
John Mayer was raised in Fairfield, Connecticut by his mum, Margaret - and English teacher - and his father Richard - a high school principal.
Whilst attending Fairfield High School, John Mayer befriended the tennis player James Blake. He briefly played the clarinet, but became obsessed with learning to play the guitar after watching Michael J. Fox's performance as Marty McFly in Back to the Future. When his neighbour gave him a Stevie Ray Vaughan cassette tape, Mayer's love for the blues was born. His passion and determination for the instrument led him to be so singularly focused that his parents took him twice to see a psychiatrist.
Mayer started playing in blues bars whilst he was still at school, both solo and as a member of a band named Villanova Junction (named after a Jimi Hendrix song). After graduating from school, John Mayer worked in a gas station until he had saved up enough money to purchase a 1996 Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster. When he was 19, he enrolled in Boston's Berklee College of Music. However, he left after two terms, to move to Atlanta with his friend Clay Cook, where they formed a two-piece band named LoFi Masters.
John Mayer: Music Career
John Mayer recorded an EP, Inside Wants Out, with many of the songs co-written by Clay Cook in 1999. The EP included Mayer's debut commercial single release, 'No Such Thing'.
In 2000, John Mayer performed at the influential SXSW (South By Southwest) festival and caught the eye of Aware Records, who included him in their Aware Festival line-up. The following year, Aware released John Mayer's debut album, the internet-only release Room For Squares. The album was then picked up by Columbia Records, remixed and re-released on a wider scale.
The album spawned a number of hits, including 'Your Body Is A Wonderland', 'Why Georgia' and 'No Such Thing' and Mayer went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
2003 saw John Mayer release a live CD and DVD of his Birmingham, Alabama concert, entitled 'Any Given Thursday'. Later that year, Mayer's second album, Heavier Things, was released and reached number on in the US album charts. Mayer also earned his first number one single, with 'Daughters', which also earned him the 'Song of the Year' gong at the Grammy Awards, beating both Alicia Keys and Kanye West to the title. He also beat Prince, Seal and Elvis Costello to that year's 'Best Male Pop Vocal Performance' award.
John Mayer has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, including Kanye West and Common and has been praised by hip-hop heavyweights Nelly and Jay-Z. He has also worked with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Ben Harper, Herbie Hancock and BB King. Similarly, he has toured with a wide range of bands, including Maroon 5, Paramore, Counting Crows and Ben Folds.
The John Mayer Trio was formed in 2005, with Mayer, Steve Jordan (drums) and Pino Palladino (bass). The band opened for the Rolling Stones and released a live album entitled Try!. John Mayer's third studio album was released in September 2006 and was entitled Continuum. The track 'Gravity', which Mayer considers to be his career masterpiece, was included on this album.
In February 2007, John Mayer was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone's 'New Guitar Gods' feature along with Derek Trucks and John Frusciante.
2008 saw the release of Where The Light Is, a live performance by John Mayer at LA's Nokia Theatre.
Mayer performed an instrumental version of 'Human Nature' at Michael Jackson's memorial service.
Battle Studies was John Mayer's fourth studio album, released in 2009. The album debuted at number one in the US and the lead single was 'Who Says', followed by 'Heartbreak Warfare'.
John Mayer: Personal Life
In 2002, John Mayer briefly dated the actress Jennifer Love Hewitt. He has also dated Jessica Simpson as well as the actresses Minka Kelly and Jennifer Aniston.
Andy Brown has admitted he feels he can truly be himself now that he is making music he is ''truly passionate about''.
Andy Brown feels he can be himself now he is making music he is ''truly passionate about''.
The former frontman of Lawson - completed by Ryan Fletcher, Joel Peat and Adam Pitts - is set to release his second solo single 'Talk of the Town', which is taken from his new upcoming album 'Cedarmont', and he admitted he feels ''so lucky'' to have support from his fans, ''old and new'' with his new direction.
He said: ''I feel so lucky for all the support I've had around the first single 'Landslide', and I'm so excited to now share 'Talk of the Town' with fans, old and new.
Continue reading: Andy Brown Is Finally Making Music He's 'passionate' About
The singer was rushed to hospital hours before his performance with Dead and Company.
It is not fun being super ill at this time of the year, and for John Mayer things took a particularly nasty turn when he was rushed to hospital to undergo an emergency appendectomy this week, just hours before he was due for a live performance in New Orleans.
John Mayer performing at Madison Square Garden
The 40-year-old singer went to hospital yesterday (December 5th 2017) to have his appendix removed following a presumed bout of appendicitis. The details surrounding his health are as yet unclear, but he was forced to reschedule a performance from the new Grateful Dead project Dead and Company.
Continue reading: John Mayer Cancels Show Over Emergency Appendectomy
Mainstream acceptance may still be eluding John Mayer in the UK, but it's pleasing to see that without chart success this side of the pond that the 39 year-old can still effortlessly fill London's O2 Arena on two consecutive nights. The second of these dates marked a hiatus in Mayer's The Search For Everything world tour, as he'll take a break over the summer to tour again with the Grateful Dead in the States. Perhaps it was a point of reflection on the tour as the set list was dramatically changed from the previous evening, resulting in a crowd-pleasing and occasionally exhilarating performance that the band also seemed to enjoy thoroughly.
The Search For Everything is a more eclectic album for Mayer, retreating somewhat from the foray into 1970's Californian Laurel Canyon Rock that he's recently undertaken. The accompanying tour seems to underline that attitude by delving deeper into his back catalogue in an effort to compliment his new compositions. That's also the key to why there are so few staple songs in the set, this isn't an opportunity to roll out the 'Greatest Hits' for Mayer, rather a chance to create a narrative with all the musicians at his disposal. There's a distinctly novelistic approach to the screens that sub-divide the set (five chapters including an epilogue), but the structure that's employed feels purposeful rather than pompous, leading the audience through a well-curated trip down memory lane.
The opening chapter featured Mayer's full six-piece band and indicated just how important Continuum is as a sibling to his newest record. Featuring 'Waiting On The World To Change' at the top of the show also felt like a sly political statement, especially when complimented by new song 'Helpless', but regardless of the narrative being built Mayer was already having fun, taking a brief opportunity to play solo with his friend Steve Jordan on drums early on. Three of the five songs played during the full band's introduction were new, but over the entire two-hour show it was older material that started to take centre stage. This shift was most apparent during the second chapter, an acoustic performance by Mayer, featuring rare outings for 'Walt Grace's Submarine Test', a cathartic 'Stop This Train', and an early appearance for 'Neon'.
Continue reading: John Mayer - The O2 Arena, London 12.05.17 Live Review
Shawn Mendes has compared songwriting to love, admitting putting pen to paper to create music is the ''next best thing''.
Shawn Mendes says songwriting is the ''best thing next to love''.
The 'Treat You Better' hitmaker has a whole host of self-penned songs to his name and he loves being able to express himself through his music.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: ''Song writing is the best thing ever next to love! Thats why it coexists so easily with it! (sic)''
Continue reading: Shawn Mendes: Songwriting's Like Love
John Mayer at the 15th Annual 'A Great Night in Harlem' Gala Concert held at the Apollo Theater Honoring Dr. John and Jazz Pianist McCoy Tyner - New York, United States - Thursday 27th October 2016
John Mayer - John Mayer seen at the ABC studios and performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead as Dead & Company. at Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 10th May 2016
The singer-songwriter and huge Grateful Dead fan will be carrying on the legacy by forming a new group, called Dead & Company, with three of the four remaining members.
Guitarist Bob Weir and percussionists Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart will be teaming up with the 37 year old singer-songwriter, Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge and Ratdog keyboard player Jeff Chimenti to carry on the legacy of the Grateful Dead, and will be making their live debut at a special Halloween show on October 31st at Madison Square Garden in New York.
John Mayer will be playing with three of the four remaining members of the Grateful Dead in a new group
Continue reading: John Mayer To Form New Group With Grateful Dead Musicians
Katy Perry and John Mayer were spotted together at The Grateful Dead’s farewell shows this weekend. Fans of both singers are hoping this is a permanent reconciliation for the on-again-off-again couple.
Katy Perry and John Mayer’s on-and-off romance may be back on again. The pair was spotted being affectionate with one another whilst attending two of The Grateful Dead’s farewell concerts in Chicago on Saturday and Sunday (4th and 5th July).
Katy Perry and John Mayer have been dating on-and-off since 2012.
A fan was left in a critical condition after a fall whilst attending The Grateful Dead’s farewell concert on Sunday (5th July).
The Grateful Dead’s farewell show has been hailed as a success, both in terms of their performance and financial gain, yet there was also an unpleasant incident involving one of their fans. The legendary rock group performed their last concert together as The Grateful Dead on Sunday (5th July) where a fan was rushed to hospital after a fall in Soldier Field arena, Chicago.
The Grateful Dead performed together for the last time on Sunday (5th July).
American singer, songwriter and producer John Mayer was spotted as he arrived in to Los Angeles International Airport to catch a flight out of Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 12th May 2015
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are rumoured to be dating after they were spotted shopping together in Nashville.
Taylor Swift has been romantically linked to Calvin Harris after the two were spotted together on Wednesday (25th March). They were snapped food shopping together in Nashville and the pictures, taken by an amateur photographer at the scene, have gone viral. The two, both dressed in black and grey, are not showing any public signs of affection but they have reportedly been spotted together over the past month.
Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift are rumoured to be dating.
Audiences may be divided over whether this comedy crosses the line as it looks for laughs in racism and homophobia, but the cast and crew just manage to keep the movie's heart in the right place. At its core, this is another enjoyable bromance that uses cheap gags to keep the audience chuckling awkwardly. And even if the one joke requires a certain level of gay fear, the film has enough spark and personality to poke fun at what is clearly depicted as narrow-minded paranoia.
It opens in a ludicrously expansive Bel Air mansion, where naive investor James (Will Ferrell) lives with his shark-like fiancee Alissa (Alison Brie), daughter of his boss Martin (Craig T. Nelson). Then as he's performing a duet with John Mayer at his engagement party, the feds swoop in and arrest James for embezzlement. But his innocent plea is ignored, and the judge throws the book at him, sentencing him to 10 years at the notorious San Quentin Penitentiary. With 30 days before he has to report to jail, James hires his car valet Darnell (Kevin Hart) to toughen him up for life behind bars, assuming that because he's black Darnell must surely know something about prison life. Darnell needs the cash, so he plays along, turning to his gang-member cousin Russell (Tip "T.I." Harris) for some street cred.
The script adds some clever texture in Darnell's home life with his no-nonsense wife (Dickerson), who is bemused by the fact that her nice-guy husband is pretending to be a seasoned criminal. Like her, the audience is waiting for the sham to collapse hilariously around him, but the screenplay veers off in some unexpected directions that both increase the tension and push the humour closer to the edge. Even so, the movie's core issue is the gaping divide between obscene Westside wealth and the relative economic struggle in South Central. Although director Etan Cohen never takes any of this too seriously, milking every situation for maximum absurdity.
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During a recent interview, the singer-songwriter was only complimentary about the 25-year-old songstress, who he dated briefly back in 2010.
John Mayer is known to be quite the lothario as he has had a string of high-profile relationships in the past, one of them being with Taylor Swift back in 2010, but many may be surprised that the 37-year-old singer-songwriter is very happy to talk about his former flame.
Mayer dated Taylor Swift briefly in 2010
Initially their brief romance didn't end amicably as Swift wrote the track 'Dear John' for her 2010 album 'Speak Now,' and in response Mayer penned 'Paper Dolls' which is featured on his 2013 album 'Paradise Valley.'
Continue reading: John Mayer Praises Ex-Love Taylor Swift For Going Against Spotify
Date of birth
16th October, 1977
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