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John Mayer Biography


John Clayton Mayer (born October 16, 1977 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA) is a singer-songwriter who plays pop music. In 2003 he won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the 2002 release of the single 'Your Body Is a Wonderland.' In February of 2005, he also won a Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Grammy for his song 'Daughters' of the album 'Heavier Things'. He beat out, Elvis Costello, Josh Groban, Prince and Seal. He also took home the Grammy Award for Song Of The Year which is awarded to song writers, for the song 'Daughters'. He dedicated that award to his Grandma, Annie Hoffman, who passed away in May of 2004.

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut and attended Fairfield High School. Mayer listened to pop music, but it was not until the age of thirteen that his inspiration for playing the guitar began. When a neighbor gave him a Stevie Ray Vaughan tape, Mayer discovered the blues and learned how to play the guitar. After two years of practice, he started playing at blues bars and other venues in the area. While in high school, he was in a band called Villanova Junction with Joe Beleznay, Tim Procaccini, and Rich Wolf.

After playing the guitar for several years, Mayer enrolled in the Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts at the age of 19. He soon realized that instead of studying music, he was more interested in writing and playing it, and chose to cut his studies short in favor of moving to Atlanta, Georgia. He began his career in earnest there, quickly making a name for himself in the local coffeehouse and club circuit.

Mayer has toured with many groups, including Maroon 5, Guster, Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, and Teitur. Some of his most popular and well-known songs include 'Clarity', 'Bigger Than My Body', 'No Such Thing' and 'Your Body Is a Wonderland'.

Although John has maintained a reputation for being a sensitive singer-song writer, his real talent lies in his excellent guitar playing. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix and SRV, it has been argued that John's electric guitar playing is truly what makes him a musical genius and what makes him gain respect from his peers.

John allows audio taping at most live performances, and he also allows for the non-commercial trading of those recordings. The legal details are here (http://www.thejmtp.com/info/policy.html). He does this to give fans the opportunity to recreate the live experience. He also does this to encourage fan interaction. Trading recordings is what helped John become more well known in the early days.

Discography

  • Villanova Junction Demo 1995 Indie Release
  • Lo-Fi Masters Demo 1999 Indie Release
  • Inside Wants Out 1999 Indie Release
  • Inside Wants Out 2002 Label Release
  • Room for Squares 2001 Studio Recording
  • Any Given Thursday 2003 Live Album
  • Heavier Things 2003 Studio Recording
  • As Is 2004 Live Album, also a series of iTunes downloable tracks

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Continuum "(Music by John Mayer). By John Mayer. For voice, piano and guitar (chords only) (Piano/Voice/Guitar). P/V/C. Pop rock. Songbook. Vocal melody, lyrics, piano accompaniment, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 78 pages. Published by Cherry Lane Music"

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Continuum (Music by John Mayer). By John Mayer. Guitar. Play It Like It Is. Softcover. Guitar tablature. 100 pages. Published by Cherry Lane Music

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Daughters "By John Mayer. For voice, piano and guitar (chords only). Piano Vocal. Pop Rock. Difficulty: medium. Single. Vocal melody, lyrics, piano accompaniment, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 8 pages. Published by Cherry Lane Music"

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John Mayer Anthology - Volume 1 By John Mayer. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook. Softcover. 170 pages. Published by Cherry Lane Music

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John Mayer - Battle Studies By John Mayer. Play It Like It Is. Softcover. Guitar tablature. 96 pages. Published by Cherry Lane Music

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John Mayer - Battle Studies By John Mayer. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook. Softcover. 82 pages. Published by Cherry Lane Music

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John Mayer Live (The Great Guitar Performances). By John Mayer. Play It Like It Is. Softcover. Guitar tablature. 124 pages. Published by Cherry Lane Music

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Room For Squares "(Transcriptions Supervised by John Mayer). By John Mayer. For guitar and voice. Play It Like It Is (Authentic note-for-note transcriptions). Pop Rock and Rock. Difficulty: medium. Guitar tablature songbook. Guitar tablature, standard notation, vocal melo

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Waiting on the World to Change By John Mayer. Piano Vocal. 8 pages. Published by Cherry Lane Music

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Room For Squares "By John Mayer. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook. Pop Rock. Difficulty: medium. Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 103 pages. Published by Cherry Lane Music"

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Heavier Things "By John Mayer. For guitar and voice. Play It Like It Is. Pop Rock. Difficulty: medium. Guitar tablature songbook. Guitar tablature, standard guitar notation, vocal melody, lyrics, chord names and introductory text. 88 pages. Published by Cherry Lane Musi

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Say By John Mayer. Pop; Rock. Piano/Vocal/Guitar. 8 pages. Published by Hal Leonard - Digital Sheet Music

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Heavier Things "By John Mayer. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook. Pop Rock. Difficulty: medium. Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names, guitar chord diagrams and introductory text. 88 pages. Published by Che

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John Mayer Anthology for Easy Guitar - Volume 1 By John Mayer. Easy Guitar. Softcover. Guitar tablature. 120 pages. Published by Cherry Lane Music

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Waiting On The World To Change "By John Mayer. For piano, voice, and guitar (chords only). Pop; Rock. 6 pages. Published by Hal Leonard - Digital Sheet Music"

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John Mayer - Room for Squares By John Mayer. Easy Guitar. Guitar tablature. 72 pages. Published by Cherry Lane Music

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Dreaming With A Broken Heart "By John Mayer. For piano, voice, and guitar (chords only). Pop; Rock. 7 pages. Published by Hal Leonard - Digital Sheet Music"

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"Friends, Lovers Or Nothing" "By John Mayer. For piano, voice, and guitar (chords only). Pop; Rock. 8 pages. Published by Hal Leonard - Digital Sheet Music"

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John Mayer Legendary Licks By John Mayer. Guitar Educational. Softcover with CD. Guitar tablature. 68 pages. Published by Cherry Lane Music

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The Wind Cries Mary "By Pat Boone, John Mayer, and Jimi Hendrix. For guitar. Pop; Rock. Guitar TAB. 6 pages. Published by Hal Leonard - Digital Sheet Music"

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