John Mayer, the multi-Grammy Award winning musician, is currently headlining The Search for Everything World Tour. In support of his latest studio album, The Search for Everything tour was kick started on March 31, 2017, and will end on October 29, 2017. On its North American leg of the tour, some of the opening acts are The Record Company, Dawes, The Night Game and LANY.
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Early Years & Influences
John Mayer was born in Bridgeport on October 17, 1977, and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut. The now Montana resident got into music after watching Michael J. Fox’s guitar performance in the 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future. Mayer was 13 when his father got him his first guitar and his neighbor got him a Stevie Ray Vaughan’s cassette. Hooked on blues music immediately, Mayer’s interest led him to discover other blues guitarists such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Albert King.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Mayer was “possessed” by music. As he started to take guitar lessons from the local guitar-shop owner, he became singularly interested in music. Concerned by his new-found obsession, Mayer’s parents took him twice to a psychiatrist.
He was still in high school when he found gigs at local bars and other venues. In addition to his solo gigs, Mayer was also part of a band called Villanova Junction in his high school days.
An accomplished songwriter, oddly Mayer credits his writing abilities to cardiac dysrhythmia. When Mayer was 17, he was hospitalized due to cardiac dysrhythmia. Looking back, he says
“That was the moment the songwriter in me was born”.
Breakthrough & Recognition
Songwriter and producer Clay Cook was at the Berklee College of Music the same time as Mayer’s. Upon Cook’s insistence, Mayer dropped out and moved to Atlanta. The duo formed a band, LoFi Masters. Mayer and Cook became a permanent feature at Atlanta’s local music scene, but split due to stylistic and creative differences.
Being a solo artist, Mayer sought the help of a local record producer, Glenn Matullo. He helped Mayer record his debut EP, Inside Wants Out. The album got him noticed, but could not get him the break he was hoping for.
In March 2000, Mayer was performing live at the South by Southwest music festival, when he was approached by Aware Records personnel. This record label would go on to release Mayer’s first-three studio albums.
Famous Albums & Songs
John Mayer’s debut album, Room for Squares was released in 2001. It remains his best-selling album to date. Room for Squares debuted at No.8 on the Billboard 200. With over 4 million in record sales, the album was certified 4×Platinum in the US and earned positive reviews from critics. The Rolling Stone magazine called Room for Squares “irresistible”. The album won Mayer his first Grammy Award for the hit single, “Your Body Is a Wonderland”.
In 2003, Mayer’s second studio album, Heavier Things was released. Selling over two million copies in the US, it was certified Double-Platinum and debuted at the top of the Billboard 200. The music critics were impressed too – The Chicago Tribune noted that Mayer
“[has] crafted a sturdy, soulful pop album that credibly expands upon — but never abandons — his core sound”.
This album won him his second Grammy Award for Song of the Year, “Daughters”.
Continuum was released in 2006. John Mayer’s third studio album debuted at No.2 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 2 million copies in the US alone. A certified Double-Platinum record, Continuum spawned hit singles such as “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room” and “Waiting on the World to Change.” The album was nominated for three Grammys and won the award for Best Pop Vocal Album.
John Mayer’s fourth studio album, Battle Studies was released in 2009. Debuting at No.1 on the Billboard 200, it sold over one million records and was certified Platinum in the US. Writing for Hot Press, Jackie Hayden called Battle Studies a “classy pop opus for grown-ups”.Three of the biggest chartbusters from this album were, “Heartbreak Warfare,” “Who Says” and “Half of My Heart.”
Born and Raised, Mayer’s fifth studio album came out in 2012 and also debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200. A Gold record, it spawned hits “Queen of California” and “Something like Olivia.” The album took influence from Bob Dylan, Graham Nash, David Crosby and Neil Young. The album was listed at No.17 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the top 50 albums of 2012.
In 2013, Mayer’s sixth studio album, Paradise Valley was released. The album’s title was derived from the Yellowstone River Valley of the same name. It debuted at No.2 on the Billboard 200 and spawned hit numbers “Who You Love” and “Paper Doll.”
Mayer’s seventh and latest studio album, The Search for Everything was released in 2017. Debuting at No.2 on the Billboard 200, the album spawned hit singles “Emoji of a Wave,” “Moving On and Getting Over” and “Still Feel Like Your Man.” In addition to being commercially successful, the album was also praised by music critics in general. The distinguishing feature of this album is that it has country music influences.
John Mayer in 2017
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