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John Mayer

After making his introduction as a sensitive, acoustic-styled songwriter on 2001's Room for Squares, John Mayer steadily widened his approach over the subsequent years, encompassing everything from blues-rock to adult contemporary in the process. Arriving during the tail end of teen pop's heyday, he crafted pop music for a more discerning audience, spiking his songcraft with jazz chords and literate turns of phrase. The combination proved to be quite popular, as Room for Squares went triple platinum before its follow-up release, Heavier Things, arrived in September 2003. Mayer continued to retool his sound with each album, however, moving beyond the material that had launched his career and adopting elements of rock, blues, and soul. Moreover, he partnered with legends of several genres, making guest appearances on albums by Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, and B.B. King, while touring alongside jazz icon Herbie Hancock. Mayer also retained enough pop/rock foundation to continue his reign of the charts, making him one of the decade's most popular songwriters.

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 secured a deal with Aware Records in early 2000, and recording sessions for his debut album commenced later that year with producer John Alagia, renowned 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 both 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.

As Mayer hit the road in support of the album, his considerable talent as a lead guitarist (a skill that had been downplayed during Room for Squares) flourished, leading him to showcase several blues-influenced solos on his 2003 live album, Any Given Thursday. That same year, Mayer won his first Grammy Award for "Your Body Is a Wonderland." He returned to the Grammy ceremony two years later, this time to accept a pair of awards for "Daughters," a soulful ballad from his lucrative sophomore release, Heavier Things. Commercial and critical success notwithstanding, Mayer's interest in other genres convinced him to take a brief break from pop music, and he tested his instrumental chops by collaborating with blues artists (Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Eric Clapton) and jazz legends (John Scofield, Herbie Hancock). He also assembled the John Mayer Trio, whose bluesy rock & roll was displayed on the band's first and only release, Try!

Mayer returned to his solo career with 2006's Continuum, a warmly received album that saw him focusing on blues, pop, and contemporary soul. "Gravity" found modest success as a single, but "Waiting on the World to Change" proved to be the album's commercial highlight, cracking 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" peaked at number 12, the song was included in a reissued version of Continuum, and it took home yet another Grammy Award (along with "Gravity") in early 2009.

Mayer returned to the studio in 2009 and emerged with Battle Studies, featuring the single "Heartbreak Warfare." Building upon Continuum's slick, adult contemporary sound, the album sold well. However, its release marked a tough period for Mayer's public image, as he was criticized for comments he made about ex-girlfriends Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston during interviews for Rolling Stone and Playboy. Subsequently, Mayer deleted his Twitter account and took some time off from appearing in public and doing interviews.

In 2011, while recording his fifth studio album, the Don Was-produced Born and Raised, Mayer revealed that he would be receiving treatment for granulomas found near his vocal cords. Following his surgery, Mayer completed the album and debuted the leadoff single "Shadow Days." A stripped-down affair, Born and Raised showcased a more rootsy, folk and country-tinged sound than his previous efforts. Three months before the album's release, a recurrence of Mayer's granulomas forced him to cancel his subsequent planned tour and abstain from singing indefinitely while he received more treatment. Upon its release, Born and Raised became Mayer's first album to spend more than two weeks at the number one spot 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. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Paradise Valley

1. Wildfire

2. Dear Marie

3. Waitin' On The Day

4. Paper Doll

5. Call Me The Breeze

6. Who You Love

7. I Will Be Found (Lost At Sea)

8. Wildfire

9. You're No One 'Til Someone Lets You Down

10. Badge And Gun

11. On The Way Home

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Track List: Born And Raised

1. Queen Of California

2. The Age Of Worry

3. Shadow Days

4. Speak For Me

5. Something Like Olivia

6. Born And Raised

7. If I Ever Get Around To Living

8. Love Is A Verb

9. Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967

10. Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey

11. A Face To Call Home

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Track List: Battle Studies

1. Heartbreak Warfare

2. All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye

3. Half Of My Heart

4. Who Says

5. Perfectly Lonely

6. Assassin

7. Crossroads

8. War Of My Life

9. Edge Of Desire

10. Do You Know Me

11. Friends, Lovers Or Nothing

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Track List: Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles

Disc 1

1. Neon (Acoustic) (Live)

2. Stop This Train (Acoustic) (Live)

3. In Your Atmosphere (Acoustic) (Live)

4. Daughters (Acoustic) (Live)

5. Free Fallin' (Acoustic) (Live)

6. Everyday I Have The Blues (Trio Version) (Live)

7. Wait Until Tomorrow (Trio Version) (Live)

8. Who Did You Think I Was (Trio Version) (Live)

9. Come When I Call (Trio Version) (Live)

10. Good Love Is On The Way (Trio Version) (Live)

11. Out Of My Mind (Trio Version) (Live)

12. Vultures (Trio Version) (Live)

13. Bold As Love (Trio Version) (Live)

Disc 2

1. Waiting On The World To Change (Live)

2. Slow Dancing In A Burning Room (Live)

3. Why Georgia (Live)

4. The Heart Of Life (Live)

5. I Don't Need No Doctor (Live)

6. Gravity (Live)

7. I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You) (Live)

8. Belief (Live)

9. I'm Gonna Find Another You (Live)

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Track List: Continuum

Disc 1

1. Waiting On The World To Change

2. I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)

3. Belief

4. Gravity

5. The Heart Of Life

6. Vultures

7. Stop This Train

8. Slow Dancing In A Burning Room

9. Bold As Love

10. Dreaming With A Broken Heart

11. In Repair

12. I'm Gonna Find Another You

Disc 2
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Track List: As / Is (Live)

Disc 1

1. Only Heart (Live 2004)

2. My Stupid Mouth (Live 2004)

3. No Such Thing (Live 2004)

4. Covered In Rain (Live 2004)

5. Split Screen Sadness (Live 2004)

6. Blues Intro (Live 2004)

7. Come Back To Bed (Live 2004)

Disc 2

1. Your Body Is A Wonderland (Live 2004)

2. Something's Missing (Live 2004)

3. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Live 2004)

4. Clarity (Live 2004)

5. 3x5 (Live 2004)

6. Home Life (Live 2004)

7. Comfortable (Live 2004)

8. Neon (Live 2004)

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Track List: Heavier Things (Dual Disc Edition)

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Track List: Any Given Thursday (Live)

Disc 1

1. 3x5 (Live 2003)

2. No Such Thing (Live 2003)

3. Back To You (Live 2003)

4. City Love (Live 2003)

5. Something's Missing (Live 2003)

6. Lenny / Man On The Side (Live 2003)

7. Message In A Bottle (Live 2003)

8. Love Song For No One (Live 2003)

Disc 2

1. Why Georgia (Live 2003)

2. Your Body Is A Wonderland (Live 2003)

3. My Stupid Mouth (Live 2003)

4. Covered In Rain (Live 2003)

5. 83 (Live 2003)

6. Comfortable (Live 2003)

7. Neon (Live 2003)

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Track List: Room For Squares

Disc 1

1. No Such Thing

2. Why Georgia

3. My Stupid Mouth

4. Your Body Is A Wonderland

5. Neon

6. City Love

7. 83

8. 3x5

9. Love Song For No One

10. Back To You

11. Great Indoors

12. Not Myself

14. St. Patrick's Day

Disc 2
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Track List: Love On The Weekend (Single)

1. Love On The Weekend

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Track List: Paper Doll (Single)

2. Paper Doll

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Track List: Say (Radio Single)

1. Say

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Track List: Shadow Days (Single)

1. Shadow Days

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Track List: The Collection

Disc 1

1. No Such Thing

2. Why Georgia

3. My Stupid Mouth

4. Your Body Is A Wonderland

5. Neon

6. City Love

7. 83

8. 3x5

9. Love Song For No One

11. Great Indoors

12. Not Myself

13. St. Patrick's Day

Disc 2

1. Clarity

2. Bigger Than My Body

3. Something's Missing

4. New Deep

5. Come Back To Bed

6. Home Life

7. Split Screen Sadness

8. Daughters

9. Only Heart

10. Wheel

Disc 4

2. I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)

3. Belief

4. Gravity

5. The Heart Of Life

6. Vultures

7. Stop This Train

9. Bold As Love

10. Dreaming With A Broken Heart

11. In Repair

12. I'm Gonna Find Another You

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Track List: Wildfire (Single)

1. Wildfire

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Track List: XO (Single)

1. XO

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Love on the Weekend is amazing. Can't wait for the new album. And hope you tour again soon. Have been to every concert in Pittsburgh. Tradition for my sister and I.

Really, really love this song.
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You ain't Jerry... but you held your own as well as anyone has!!!
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I love your music
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Love u John Mayer
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John mayor's songs ate SO awesome!and I just love hear the song daughters
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Reminds me of TapeFace from AGT
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I like " Free Fallin' " I really do ��
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I love the song daughters
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say is one there best songs !!!
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I love u u are amazing this my favorite song!!!!!
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Don't read! now that you have started continue you will be kissed by the love of your life. Don't stop, this it freaky!
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Don't read! now that you have started continue you will be kissed by the love of your life. Don't stop,this it freaky! But if you read and ignore you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in144 minutes and when you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in all caps it's creepy but works!
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,hi
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DONT READ THIS YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEARES POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. NOW THAT YOUVE STARTED THIS DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore then you will have very bad luck. PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES? WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACEBAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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johannafisch e r 5
Kiss your hand ten times and then post this on five other songs and your crush will ask you on a date or be your bff
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John Mayer rocks this song!
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CHAIN COMMENTS SUCK THEY ARE JUST A WASTE OF SPACE
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Jk
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The clowns will get you ;)
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I. Love
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Kiss your hand 10 times
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Look on your hand when you are done
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His voice is so smooth
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Me and my dad loves John mayer song
But my mom dose not so it is like me and my dad are a little team agents my
Mom !
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Smoothe sound!
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I love your songs
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Kiss your left hand
Say your chrushes name
Say a school day
Post this on 5 different songs and your chrush will ask you out
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Love this Song!!!
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LIKE !!!!!!!!!
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Hi
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Love his music!!!
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He is the worst singer ever
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LOVE HIS VOICE
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Omg I love his songs ����
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I love John Mayer's songs!
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Ahh.. Everytime I listen to this song a million memories flow through my head and I remember the person I use to know
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Gravity wants to bring me down ����
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IG
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love the message at the end of the song "whatcha gonna do about it" really makes me think
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He is amazing in Dead and Company!
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This music is a link to the past of storytellers and self indulgent guitar players. I like it, I like it a lot.
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Follow me y'all!
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If you want a follow then follow me please!!!!!! ! !
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one man army ..
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Even Almighty's official song
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For 40 min
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Yeahhhhhhhhh
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We keep on the world to change
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