John Mayer's music career was essentially launched after watching Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) play guitar in "Back to the Future" when he was just 13. His father then rented him a guitar, and Mayer began taking classes at a local shop to fine-tune his skills. Rather than go to parties and hang with friends, Mayer would stay home and play guitar, which was a constant source of worry for his parents. He performed in venues and bars in the area while he was still in high school, often with a band called Villanova Junction. When Mayer was 17, he was hospitalized with cardiac dysrhythmia, and the life-changing event bred the songwriter side to him. Mayer wanted to skip college to continue his career in music, but his parents, both in the education system, would not allow it.
Berklee College of Music and Atlanta
Mayer decided to go to the Berklee College of Music in Boston when he was 19 to pursue his passion for music. However, after two short semesters, his friend Clay Cook convinced him to move to Atlanta to start a band. The two called themselves LoFi Masters and performed around the area until they went separate ways due to creative differences.
South by Southwest and Signing
After gaining popularity through the years, Mayer got his first big break when he played at South by Southwest in March 2000 and caught the attention of Aware Records. They released his first album, "Room for Squares," in 2001 in online-only form until Aware Records signed a deal with Columbia Records, which got first dibs on all artists. Under the new record label, Mayer re-released the album, which spawned several radio hits including GRAMMY winner, "Your Body is a Wonderland."
A Change of Pace
After releasing his second album, "Heavier Things," and landing several more awards, Mayer decided to change pace and adapted his sound to fit the blues scene. In 2005, he continued that pattern when he formed the John Mayer Trio with Pino Palladino on bass and Steve Jordan on drums. Mayer also collaborated with several artists outside of the genre, like Common and Kanye West.
Illness and Hiatus
Mayer released two more solo albums, "Battle Studies" and "Born and Raised" before he discovered potentially career-ending granulomas in his throat. The granulomas were right next to his vocal chords, and Mayer underwent extensive therapy, vocal rest, and strict rules for the healing process that included no talking, alcohol, or spicy foods. Although it was first thought to be contained, the granulomas returned in March 2012 and Mayer was forced to suspend his career indefinitely. He underwent a second surgery, and canceled his tour dates. After two years out of the music scene, Mayer returned in January 2013, and launched a new tour in support of "Born and Raised."
John Mayer and the Tabloids
John Mayer has been a popular victim for the tabloids, especially with his serial dating habits, as he's reportedly had relationships with Hollywood starlets like Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift, Jessica Simpson, Katy Perry, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. He also has taken heat for several of his controversial comments in interviews with publications like Playboy and Rolling Stone.
Essentially anything that John Mayer writes has girls across the globe swooning and melting with his genre-defining, heartfelt acoustic pop/rock. The multi-talented singer-songwriter can also play the guitar, omnichord, piano, vibraphone, harmonica and percussion. His skills even landed him a 2007 cover story as part of 'The New Guitar Gods' issue of Rolling Stone.