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guitar_hero05
10-20-2005, 06:19 PM
The following is a VERY DETAILED report on John Mayer. His is my hero/idle so I took a great deal of time to give you the facts. Enjoy.



Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut and attended Fairfield Warde High School for his freshman, sophomore, and senior years. He attended Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, Connecticut for his junior year, where he was enrolled in the Center for Global Studies Abroad (Then known as the Center for Japanese Studies Abroad), a magnet program for students in Fairfield County wanting to learn Japanese.

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.

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" off the album Room for Squares. In February of 2005, he also won Male Pop vocal Grammy for his song "Daughters" off 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 grandmother, Annie Hoffman, who passed away in May of 2004.

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-songwriter, he is also an accomplished guitarist. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, he accepted an invitation from Eric Clapton to play at the Crossroads Guitar Festival.

According to an interview on television, John admitted that he wrote, and still likes writing, his songs while being naked or while naked in the bathtub.

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. He does this to give fans the opportunity to recreate the live experience. He also does this to encourage fan interaction. Trading recordings helped John become better known in the early stages of his career.

In the June 1, 2004 issue of Esquire, Mayer began a column called "Music Lessons with John Mayer." Each article features a lesson (some more scholarly than others) and his take on various topics, both personal and of popular interest. In one famous column, he invited viewers to create music for orphaned lyrics he had written.

In 2005, he toured with the legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock which included a show at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

Later in 2005, Mayer worked with hip hop artist and producer Kanye West, appearing on Common's "Go" and Kanye West's "Bittersweet". He seems to be hinting that his new album will have a hip hop sound, recently announcing he's "closing up shop on acoustic sensitive" because "it's not music out there right now. To me, hip-hop is where rock used to be."

Also in 2005, Mayer formed the John Mayer Trio with bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan. The trio play a combination of blues and rock music. As of September 2005, they have released 2 songs on iTunes, and plan to record a live album. One of the songs, "Who did you think I was?", references Mayer's decision to move away from acoustic pop music. In October 2005, the John Mayer Trio will be opening for the Rolling Stones.

SilentDeftone
10-20-2005, 06:26 PM
Don't rip off other articles, dickwad.

http://www.answers.com/topic/john-mayer

-SD :dance:

Rankles
10-23-2005, 04:42 AM
This guy gets a warning for reporting SD when he blatantly proved his theft.

From the website (which you claimed in the report bore no resemblance at all)

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut and attended Fairfield High School for his freshman, sophomore, and senior years. He attended Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, Connecticut for his junior year, where he was enrolled in the Center for Global Studies Abroad (Then known as the Center for Japanese Studies Abroad), a magnet program for students in Fairfield County wanting to learn Japanese. In his album Room for Squares he thanks Linda Paganini, a chemistry teacher at Brien McMahon High School, whom helped him get into the Berklee College of Music.

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, he is also an accomplised guitarist. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, he accepted an invitation from Eric Clapton to play at the Crossroads Guitar Festival.