Artist in Vogue – John Mayer

John Clayton Mayer (born October 16, 1977) is an American musician. Originally from Connecticut, he attended Berklee College of Music before moving to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1997, where he refined his skills and gained a following.
Mayer began his career performing mainly acoustic rock, but gradually began a transition towards the blues genre in 2005 by collaborating with renowned blues artists such as B. B. King, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton, and by forming the John Mayer Trio. The blues influence can be heard on his album Continuum, released in September 2006. At the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2007 Mayer won Best Pop Vocal Album for Continuum and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Waiting on the World to Change”. Mayer’s career pursuits have extended to stand-up comedy, design, and writing; he has written pieces for magazines, most notably for Esquire. He is also involved in philanthropic activities through his “Back to You” fund and his concern over global warming.

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The solo discography of John Mayer, an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, consists of four studio albums, three live albums, one extended play (EP), twelve singles and two video albums.

A year after moving to Atlanta, Georgia and playing in local clubs, Mayer released the independent EP Inside Wants Out in 1999.This album, as well as continued performances, gained Mayer attention from the independent promotional record label Aware Records. Aware released his following album, Room for Squares, in 2001, and when Columbia Records acquired Aware the following year, the album was repackaged and promoted as a major label release. The major label “debut” went on to sell over 4 million units in the United States alone,and more internationally. Mayer followed up by releasing a live album, Any Given Thursday, in both audio CD and DVD format, which featured many songs from Room for Squares, as well as covers and previously unreleased originals.

Mayer’s second album, Heavier Things, was released in 2003 and went on to sell over 2 million units in the United States. Again, Mayer released a live album of songs culled from the album’s promotional tour with the title As/Is. After a brief recording hiatus, during which Mayer ventured to form the blues group John Mayer Trio, he returned to the studio and released his third studio album Continuum in 2006. Three months after Continuum’s release, Mayer released an EP of demos from Continuum’s early sessions entitled The Village Sessions, named after the studio it was recorded in, the Village Recorder in Los Angeles.

In addition to Mayer’s solo work, he has worked extensively with other musicians and artists in genres ranging from R&B and hip-hop (with artists such as Common, Alicia Keys and Kanye West), country music (with the Dixie Chicks) and blues (with Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Rob Thomas, B.B. King and Herbie Hancock).

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