John Mayer

John Mayer


10/16/1977, Bridgeport, CT

Birth Name

John Clayton Mayer



Also Known As

John Mayer (VII)
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Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, John Mayer grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut, the second of three sons. There, he became friends with future tennis star James Blake. Mayer attended Fairfield High School (now Fairfield Warde High School) for his freshman, sophomore, and senior year, but attended Brien McMahon High…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • John's song Waiting on the World to Change was featured on the television show So You Think You Can Dance.

    • On August 11, 2007, Mayer's song "Gravity" was played as a wake-up call for the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavor. The astronauts have a different wake-up call for every day of the mission; Mayer's song was chosen by the family of Shuttle Pilot Charles Hobaugh.

    • On the red carpet before the 2007 Grammy Awards, John, speaking in Japanese, told Ryan Seacrest that Jessica (Simpson) is a wonderful woman that he cares very much about. With this statement, he put an end to all of the speculation in the media and finally admitted they they have been together for 7 months.

    • On December 11, 2006, in a blog entry on his website, Mayer stated that he was currently working on writing new music, a sort of jazz/pop fusion, which he hopes will be considered today's "modern music."

    • One of John's hobbies is stand up comedy. He has stated that he often does random, surprise performances at the famous "Comedy Cellar" in New York, New York.

    • In a Rolling Stone interview, Mayer mentioned that, although never diagnosed by a doctor, he feels as though he has "music --> color synesthesia," or the sensation of "hearing colors." That is, he experiences colors in response to musicial tones.

    • On May 14, 2004, after the senior class president of Pennsbury High School, located just outside of Philadelphia's main line, expressed his love of John's music and his goal of throwing the ultimate prom, John surprised the student body at the school's prom and performed an hour long set.

    • John began writing a monthly column entitled, "Music Lessons with John Mayer" for the popular men's magazine, Esquire, commencing with the June 2004 issue.

    • In the summer of 2003, Mayer and "Martin Guitars" signed a collaboration deal in which "Martin" would create 404 models of a special edition acoustic guitar. The number, 404, is significant because it is one of Atlanta's area codes.

    • In the spring of 2005, Mayer formed a new "blues rock" band with Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino called, the "John Mayer Trio." The band's first album, Try, was released on November 22, 2005.

    • In 1998, John formed his first band called, LoFi Masters, with his friend Clay Cook. The band played in small night club venues and coffee houses around the greater Atlanta area for a year before they broke up.

    • John's second studio album, Room For Squares, was released by Columbia Records on September 18, 2001.

    • On February 11, 2007, at the 49th Grammy Awards, Mayer was awarded with two Grammys for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Waiting on the World to Change" and Pop Vocal Album for Continuum.

    • John is fluent in Japanese, as demonstrated in a red carpet interview with Ryan Seacrest before the 2007 Grammy Awards.

    • John's song "Waiting on the World to Change" appears in a "20/20" commercial.

    • One of John's songs "Waiting on the World to Change" is the background music for the promos of the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters.

    • After completing just two semesters at the well-known, Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, John dropped out of school and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1998.

    • John's latest album, Continuum, was released on September 12, 2006. The album's first single is titled, "Waiting on the World to Change."

    • John knew he wanted to be a singer from the time he was young.

    • John has brown colored hair.

    • John lived in Japan and loved it. One of his many tattoos is a Japanese koi fish, which is located on his right shoulder, and reminds him of his life in Japan.

    • John became a big fan of Kanye West in 2004 when they collaborated with Common on Common's song "Go." Mayer and West also recorded the song, "Bittersweet," which was to be included on West's last album, Late Registration, however, as of Feb 2007, the song remains unreleased.

    • John's Grammy Awards:

      2003 - Best Male Pop Vocal Performance - "Your Body Is A Wonderland"

      2003 - Best New Artist

      2005 - Song of the Year - "Daughters"

      2005 - Best Male Pop Vocal Performance - "Daughters"

    • John was inspired to play the guitar by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Marty McFly in the movie Back to the Future.

    • Before he got famous, John used to work at a gas station.

    • John was ranked #16 in Teen People Magazine's "50 Sexiest Guys Ever" poll in 2004.

    • "Bigger Than My Body" was John's first single from his album Heavier Things.

    • John was named one of Rolling Stone Magazine's "People of the Year" in 2002.

    • John independently released his debut album Inside Wants Out on September 24, 1999. It was subsequently re-released by a major label, Columbia Records, on August 2, 2002.

    • John is 6'3" tall.

    • When on tour, John once did 188 live shows in just one year. Now that's dedication!

    • A few of John's favorite bands/singers are: Stevie Ray Vaughn, B.B. King, The Police, Ben Folds Five, Jimi Hendrix, and Coldplay.

    • John's album Heavier Things was released on September 9, 2003.

  • Quotes

    • John: (ahead of accompanying Jennifer Aniston to the 2009 Oscars) It's my first Oscars. And it's my first being an Oscar boyfriend!

    • John: (referring to his hometown, studies and first shot at fame) Connecticut's where I built the parts, Boston's where I assembled them, and Atlanta is where I sold them to people.

    • John: (His worry about meeting the perfect woman) My fear is that I go up to the girl of my dreams and say "I'm sorry, but I've got to say hello to you", and she slides the stool back and gets up and walks away, saying, "Not for me, Bub. I don't want anything to do with you".

    • John: The night I was recognized for 'Daughters' at the Grammys was the night this record started. I knew I had bought the time to learn everything I needed before I started this one. Continuum is not a shot in the dark, it's not a guesstimation. This is the first endeavor in my entire life, music or otherwise, that I did not cop out for a second on.

    • John Mayer: They say stay in the lines, but theres always something better on the other side.

    • John (on Justin Timberlake): He's bringing sexy back; I'm bringing sweaty back.