John Mayer. biography
John Clayton Mayer was born on October 16, 1977, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and spared little time discovering his musical talent. At age 13, John Mayer was playing his guitar at local venues and with the band Villanova Junction. He soon received a partial scholarship to attend Boston's Berklee College of Music, but dropped out after a year to play his music in Atlanta with his good friend Clay Cook. However, Mayor later left Cook behind to record his first semi-length album Inside Wants Out (1999), which he personally handed out during his various gigs around the South.
Mayer's big break-through into the music industry came when Aware Records signed him after seeing him perform at the Southwest Music Festival (2000) in Austin, Texas. On November 8, 2001, Mayer released his debut album Room for Squares, which went multi-platinum and featured the hit singles "No Such Thing" and "Your Body Is a Wonderland."
Mayer's second studio album, Heavier Things, was released on September 9, 2003 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. The album sold 317,000 in the first week and featured the popular hits "Bigger Than My Body" and "Daughters."
After the success of Heavier Things, Mayer began straying away from his emotionally charged persona toward a sarcastic-ladies man oddity, followed by arrogant blog posts, inappropriate comments to the press and total disregard for his fans. Regardless of his reckless behavior, Mayer continued his musical endeavors, lending his emphatic voice to R&B artist Common's single "Go!" and releasing his third solo album Continuum (2006).
In 2009, Mayer ventured outside the world of music and tried his hand at stand-up comedy, which led to CBS' announcement of a variety show pilot focused around Mayer. During the same time, Mayer released his fourth solo album, Battle Studies (2009), which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart.
After two years away from the music scene, Mayer returned with the release of his fifth studio album Born and Raised, on May 22, 2012. The album features the singles "Shadows Days" and "Queen of California," both released in the summer of 2012.
Mayer's personal life is very similar to his musical career, in the sense that his constantly changing love affairs can always be found in the tabloids. Over the years, Mayer has been linked to actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson, Minka Kelly, Jennifer Aniston, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kim Kardashian and most recently, Katy Perry.