Continuum is the third studio album by American musician John Mayer, released September 9, 2006 on Columbia Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during November 2005 to September 2006 at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, California, Avatar Studios and Right Track/Sound on Sound in New York City, and Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.. MixOnline. Retrieved on 2009-12-29. Production was handled primarily by Mayer and Steve Jordan. It marked a change in Mayer's musical style, and incorporated musical elements of blues and soul more heavily than in his previous work with pop-rock.Anderman, Joan. . The Boston Globe. Retrieved on 2009-12-29.
The album debuted at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 300,186 copies in its first week. It also reached the top-ten in several other countries and sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Upon its release, Continuum received generally positive reviews from most music critics and earned Mayer several accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 49th Grammy Awards. Rolling Stone magazine named it the eleventh best album of 2006.
Mayer made the decision to name his third album Continuum at least a year before the album was released. In his column in the April 2005 issue of Esquire, Mayer wrote, "I'm obsessed with time lately, constantly crunching the numbers to get some sense of where I stand in the continuum."No byline (2005). Esquire.com (prior to the title's announcement) (accessed March 16, 2007) In his column in the September 2005 issue of Esquire he confirmed the title, writing, "I've never experienced anything like the recording process involved in making Continuum, my third-album-to-be. that he intends to name his third album Continuum.
The album features mainly new songs, though "Gravity" and "Vultures" are available in live versions from John Mayer Trio's Try!, and "Bold as Love", which is a Jimi Hendrix cover: the first Hendrix cover that Mayer has ever recorded as a studio release (although Mayer has recorded other Hendrix songs over time in live settings such as "The Wind Cries Mary" and "Wait Until Tomorrow"). (Mayer had played "Bold as Love" live many times prior to the release of Continuum such as on the televised Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope which aired on January 15, 2005.) The album contains a collaboration between Mayer and 8-string guitarist Charlie Hunter on the tune "In Repair". The song "Stop this Train" was written during a time of, what Mayer calls, "solitary refinement;" He was in bed suffering from double kidney stones, and living in a hotel while finding a new residence.Mahoney, Lesley (October 24, 2008) , Berkley.edu (Retrieved 2008-11-02)
The word "Continuum" is showcased across the center. The typography for the title was customized to give the letters "C" and "o" the appearance of an infinity symbol: ∞. Many of the following letters touch in some way; the right vertical line of the second "u" is the left vertical line of the "m" in the title.
The album has been released several times with slight differences in the artwork. The three major releases feature, respectively: A photo of Mayer; a silver cover with a white title; and a Local 83-only version (including a silver bag). The first features a dark gray-scale photograph of Mayer with the title near the top; another is identical except for "featured" centered across the top. Some versions feature only a CD. In these cases, the album features Mayer on the cover. When the album is packaged with a jewel casing, the inside cover is all white with the "Continuum" logo printed very faintly on it. The basic CD is white with off-white letters that slides into a slipcase of deep gray with lettering in light gray and blue/green. During the pre-order, it appeared as though there would be a variation of said artwork on a special edition version, and it turned out that the "special packaging" was a shiny silver bag which held the CD and the pre-order bonuses. All artwork was designed by Mayer along with Smog Design, Inc. The inside of the CD sleeve includes photographs, some taken by Mayer, such as of the studio (where Mayer's handwriting describes, "*this is what my heart looks like*") and a Ferris wheel where Mayer's handwriting is imposed over the top of the photograph, featuring the lyrics to his songs. There is also a photograph of Mayer with Pino Palladino and Steve Jordan (the three who comprise the John Mayer Trio) on a beach. The CD sleeve features the lyrics to all of Continuum's songs. With both Heavier Things and Room for Squares, there were incongruities with the lyrics in the sleeves when compared with the albums; however, the Continuum lyrics are all printed exactly as recorded on the album.
The UK version of Continuum features a photograph of Mayer on the cover. This cover was used for promotional releases, such as when Mayer performed live on the Australian television program Rove Live. The alternative cover was presented for television by the show's host Rove McManus.
In November 2007, a special edition of Continuum was released. The cover for the special edition features a grey background and silver text for the title, with the Columbia Records logo in black instead of white. However, the line "Music by John Mayer" remains the same teal color as on the regular release. The cover layout is the same.
Release and promotion
By the time of release, Mayer had performed almost all of the songs live at least once, either with a full band or alone in an acoustic set during the Hotel Cafe shows from the previous winter. On August 23, 2006, the entire Continuum album was played on Los Angeles radio station STAR 98.7, with the segment hosted by Mayer himself. He repeated the event for different media outlets several more times before the album's September release, such as "Sneak Peek" through Clear Channel Music; he also performed three songs live for Sessions@AOL. Subsequently, the album was made available for streaming on Clear Channel Music website and for pre-purchase on iTunes, all prior to the album's official release. The iTunes pre-release included the exclusive bonus track, "Can't Take That Plane".
A limited edition EP of "Waiting on the World to Change" was released featuring the album version of the song. The EP includes a bonus acoustic version which features Ben Harper, as well as a studio recording of "Good Love is on the Way", a live version of which was released on the John Mayer Trio's Try!. The Ben Harper version of "Waiting on the World to Change" and an alternative acoustic-only version of "Good Love is on the Way" are also available on Mayer's subsequent release, the EP The Village Sessions.
The first single, "Waiting on the World to Change," was released on July 11, 2006. The music video for the song was directed by Philip Andelman and features Mayer walking along the East River while graffiti artists Futura, Tats Cru, and Daze graffiti messages on New York City billboards displaying messages relating to the song's content. On February 22, 2007, Continuums second single, "Gravity", entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #71, joining the already charting "Waiting on the World to Change", making for two Continuum singles on the Hot 100 at the same time. It was featured in the soundtrack for the television series House in 2008. "Waiting" entered the Billboard's Hot 100 Digital Songs Chart at #63. It has sold 68,115 in digital downloads since its release. Mayer performed the single "Gravity" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards with fellow musicians Corinne Bailey Rae and John Legend. "Dreaming with a Broken Heart" is the third official single release from Continuum, and was released for ads at Hot AC and Triple A radio on July 9, 2007.
On November 20, 2007, a special edition of Continuum was released that included a bonus disc of six live tracks and a 20-page booklet containing photos from the tour. Five of the songs are live versions of tracks from Continuum, including all of its singles. A sixth song, "I Don't Need No Doctor", was originally performed by Ray Charles; Mayer previously performed the song as part of his set with the John Mayer Trio. The single "Say" (from The Bucket List soundtrack) was also made available on the CD through an online download unlock function.JohnMayer.org staff (November 14, 2007). ( JohnMayer.com Retrieved 2007-11-19 The tracks were produced by Mayer's engineer Chad Franscoviak.
The album was reissued on Columbia Records on April 8, 2008, with the single "Say" being added directly on the disc., news.jamradio.org, March 26, 2008, Retrieved March 27, 2008 A vinyl lp version of this reissue was also released, on two 180-gram discs.
Continuum debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at #2 with 300,186 copies sold. It never reached #1, impeded by the Justin Timberlake album FutureSex/LoveSounds, which was released at the same time. To date, Continuum has sold 2,272,747 copies www.soundscan.com in the U.S. and is Mayer's third consecutive multi-platinum selling studio album. It stayed in the top 100 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart for 50 weeks (37 of those weeks were in the top 50).
Worldwide, it has moved more than 3 million copies. In Canada, the album debuted at #2 on the official Albums Chart and is certified platinum for sales of 100,000 copies. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Continuum was the fourth best selling digital album for 2006 in Canada. With no lead single in Australia, Continuum debuted on the ARIA Albums Chart at #12, his lowest debut in Australia to date (Room for Squares debuted at #5 and Heavier Things at #4). Continuum was the ninety-eighth best selling album for 2006 on the ARIA (ARIA) Albums Chart. It has been certified gold by ARIA for sales of 35,000 copies and had stayed on ARIA's Top 100 Albums chart for 34 weeks before exiting the chart. Continuum held the record for the most album downloads in history with over 326,000 copies downloaded until June 29, 2008, when it was surpassed by the Coldplay album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.
On February 22, 2007, the lead single, "Waiting on the World to Change", peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, where it stayed for forty-one weeks. To date in the U.S., the single has sold 1,632,137 in digital downloads, and was certified platinum by the RIAA when it crossed the one-million mark in sales. After a month of release, the single peaked at #17 on the Australian ARIA Top 40 Digital Track Chart on November 19, 2006.
Upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 67/100 from Metacritic.. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2009-12-29. Matt Collar of Allmusic gave it 4½ out of 5 stars and remarked, "Continuum is a gorgeously produced, brilliantly stripped-to-basics album that incorporates blues, soft-funk, R&B, folk and pop in a sound that is totally owned by Mayer." In his consumer guide for MSN Music, critic Robert Christgau gave Continuum a rating of honorable mention (),Christgau, Robert. "". MSN Music: February 2007. Archived from on 2009-12-29. indicating "an enjoyable effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well treasure".Christgau, Robert. . Robert Christgau. Retrieved on 2009-12-29. Rolling Stone magazine called the album "a smart, breezy album that deftly fuses his love for old-school blues and R&B with his natural gift for sharp melodies and well-constructed songs." Giving it a C rating, Stylus Magazine stated that Mayer "calmly circles the same career themes with the same warmed-over, palatable guitar weavings". Much critique was directed towards Mayer's change in musical direction; praising the effort, Bryan Borzykowski of NOW remarked, " melodic voice, warm production, complex riffs and thoughtful lyrics should cure the violent reactions Mayer's name used to evoke."Borzykowski, Bryan (September 14–20, 2006). "Reviews" NOW 26:2 However, Billboards Jeff Vrabel felt differently, saying, "It's still hard to tell if a bluesman in a soft-rocker's body or vice versa, and Continuum is the sound of him trying to figure it out, too."Vrabel, Jeff (2006). Billboard.com (accessed August 14, 2007) Slant Magazine's Jonathan Keefe gave the album 2½ out of 5 stars and wrote "With no edge to the songwriting and with such spit-polished, tasteful production, Continuum just doesn't convince as a heady, soulful rock album or as Mayer's creative quantum leap forward". USA Today writer Edna Gundersen gave it 2½ out of 4 stars and perceived Mayer's lyrical themes as more mature than those of his previous work, but ultimately viewed that "his restraint and lack of sizzle make for flavorless offerings".Gundersen, Edna. . USA Today. Retrieved on 2010-03-27.
Rolling Stone magazine selected Continuum as the eleventh best album of 2006 in its February 2007 issue.No byline (2007). Rolling Stone (accessed March 16, 2007) The album contributed to Mayer's reputation in the music community as one of the rising guitar stars of his generation. Allmusic said, "It's no stretch when trying to describe the sound of Continuum to color it in the light of work by such legends as Sting, Eric Clapton, Sade, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Steve Winwood." Mayer began appearing on lists of top guitar players. He was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone's "New Guitar Gods" issue in February 2007, along with John Frusciante and Derek Trucks, and the magazine nicknamed him "Slowhand, Jr.," a reference to Eric Clapton. He was among those featured in Qs August 2007 article, "Guitar Heroes."
*John Mayer – vocals, guitars, production
*Pino Palladino – bass, backing vocals on track 1
*Steve Jordan – drums, percussion on tracks 1, 2, 5, 8, 10, and 11 production
*Ricky Peterson – keyboards on tracks 1, 6, 11 and 12, backing vocals on track 1
*Roy Hargrove – horns on tracks 1 and 2
*Willie Weeks – bass on track 2
*Ben Harper – guitar on track 3
*Manolo Badrena – percussion on track 3
*Larry Goldings – keyboards on track 4
*James Valentine – guitar on tracks 7 and 11.
*Jamie Muhoberac – keyboards on tracks 7 and 11
*Charlie Hunter – eight-string guitar on track 11
*Lester Snell – keyboards and horn arrangements assistance on track 12
*Boo Mitchell – horn arrangements on track 12
*Willie Mitchell – horn arrangements on track 12
*Carlos Saucedo – guitars on track 12
*Harley Pasternak – backing vocals on track 1
*Jeannie Martinez – backing vocals on track 1
*Kristen Moss – backing vocals on track 1
*Lee Padgett – backing vocals on track 1
*Maggie Slavonic – backing vocals on track 1
*Ricky Cytonbaum – backing vocals on track 1
*Sandy Vongdasy – backing vocals on track 1
*Scotty Crowe – backing vocals on track 1
*Manny Marroquin – mixing on tracks 1, 2, 4, 8 and 12
*Michael Brauer – mixing on tracks 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11
*Jared Robbins – mixing assistance on tracks 1, 2, 4, 8 and 12
*Will Hensley – mixing assistance on tracks 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11
*Chad Franscoviak – engineering
*Joe Ferla – engineering
*Dave O'Donnell – engineering on tracks 1, 3 and 11
*John Alagía – engineering on track 7
*Angie Teo – engineering assistance, Pro Tools engineering
*Brian Montgomery – engineering assistance, Pro Tools engineering
*Bryan Pugh – engineering assistance, Pro Tools engineering
*Dan Monti – engineering assistance
*Jared Nugent – engineering assistance
*Jim Monti – engineering assistance
*Peter Doris – engineering assistance, Pro Tools engineering
*Vanessa Parr – engineering assistance
*Greg Calbi – mastering
*Martin Pradler – digital editing, Pro Tools engineering
*Nathaniel Kunkel – Pro Tools engineering
On December 7, 2006, Continuum was nominated for three Grammys. Including these, Mayer earned five nominations, in total – one nomination for Best Rock Album for Try! with the John Mayer Trio and another for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for "Route 66" from the Cars motion picture soundtrack. The album's lead single, "Waiting on the World to Change", was nominated and won in the category for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Continuum won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album.
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John Clayton Mayer ( ;See born October 16, 1977) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, recording artist, and music producer. Born and raised in Connecticut, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston before moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 1997, where he refined his skills and gained a following. His first two studio albums, Room for Squares and Heavier Things, did well commercially, achieving multi-platinum status. In 2003, he won a Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Grammy Award for "Your Body Is a Wonderland".
Mayer began his career performing mainly acoustic rock, but gradually began a transition towards the blues genre in 2005 by collaborating with renowned blues artists such as B. B. King, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton, and by forming the John Mayer Trio. The blues influence can be heard on his album Continuum, released in September 2006. At the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2007 Mayer won Best Pop Vocal Album for Continuum and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Waiting on the World to Change". He released his fourth studio album, Battle Studies, in November 2009.
Mayer's career pursuits have extended to stand-up comedy, graphic design, and writing; he has written pieces for magazines, most notably for Esquire. He is also involved in philanthropic activities through his "Back to You" fund. Several high-profile romantic relationships and his involvement with the media caused him to become a tabloid staple, beginning in 2006.
Mayer was born on October 16, 1977 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Margaret, an English teacher, and Richard, a high school principal.No byline (October 7, 2002), "It's Hip to Be Square". People. 58 (15):107 He grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut, the second of three children.Ruth Shaut (ELLE)(2006). J-mayer.org. Retrieved on August 3, 2006. Mayer is Jewish on his father's side, and has said that he "relat to Judaism".(February 10, 2010 ), Playboy. Retrieved February 10, 2010. Growing up in Fairfield, Mayer became friends with future tennis star James Blake.Pratt, Devin (2006). FHMUs.com. Retrieved on May 30, 2007. He attended Fairfield Warde High School (then called Fairfield High School),, people.com, by Stephen M, Silverman, December 27, 2004. Retrieved November 9, 2010 although he was enrolled in the Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk for his junior year. (Then known as the Center for Japanese Studies Abroad, it is a magnet program for students wanting to learn Japanese.Eliscu, Jenny (November 27, 2003), . Rolling Stone. (936): 52-56) During an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Mayer said that he had played the clarinet for a while in middle school, with minor success. After watching Michael J. Fox's guitar performance as Marty McFly in Back to the Future, Mayer became fascinated with the instrument, and when he turned 13, his father rented one for him.Sound Stage staff writer (2005). PBS.org. Retrieved on May 31, 2007.(2005). AskMen.com. Retrieved on April 12, 2006.
Soon after, a neighbor, Jeffrey Us, gave him a Stevie Ray Vaughan cassette, which began Mayer’s intense love of the blues.(2006) TVNZ online. Retrieved on December 6, 2006. Mayer started taking lessons from a local guitar-shop owner, Al Ferrante, and soon became consumed with playing the instrument.Mather, John; Hedegaard, Erik (March 2008), "The Wonder of John Mayer Land". Best Life. vol unknown (3):140Hedegaard, Erik (February 4, 2010), "The Dirty Mind and Lonely Heart of John Mayer". Rolling Stone (1097):36-45, 68 His singular focus concerned his parents, and they took him twice to see a psychiatrist—but Mayer was determined to be fine. Mayer says that the contentious nature of his parents' marriage led him to “disappear and create my own world I could believe in." After two years of practice, he started playing at blues bars and other venues in the area, while he was still in high school. In addition to performing solo, he was a member of a band called Villanova Junction (named for a Jimi Hendrix song) with Tim Procaccini, Joe Beleznay, and Rich Wolf.Wallace, William (2005). TweedMag.com. Retrieved on October 30, 2006. Mayer considered skipping college to pursue his music, but the disapproval of his parents dissuaded him from doing so.
When Mayer was seventeen, he was stricken with a cardiac arrhythmia and was hospitalized for a weekend. Reflecting on the incident, Mayer said, “That was the moment the songwriter in me was born,” and he penned his first lyrics the night he got home from the hospital.Hiatt, Brian (September 21, 2006), . Rolling Stone. (1009): 66-70 Shortly thereafter, he began suffering from panic attacks, and lived with the fear of having to enter a mental institution. He continues to manage such episodes with Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug.. Melissa and Sid. March 31, 2008. After graduation, he worked for fifteen months at a gas station until he saved enough money to buy a 1996 Stevie Ray Vaughan signature Stratocaster.No byline (2007). People.com Retrieved November 28, 2007
John Mayer enrolled in the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, at age nineteen. However, at the urging of his college friend and Atlanta, Georgia native, Clay Cook, he left school after two semesters and moved with Cook to Atlanta.Small, Mark (2005). Berklee.edu. Retrieved on April 23, 2007. In Atlanta they formed a two-man band called LoFi Masters and began performing in local coffee houses and club venues such as Eddie's Attic. According to Cook, they began to experience musical differences due to Mayer’s desire to move more towards pop music.Guthrie, Blake (2003). CreativeLoafing.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2007. As a result, the two parted ways, and Mayer embarked on a solo career.
With the help of local producer and engineer Glenn Matullo, Mayer recorded the independent EP Inside Wants Out. Cook co-wrote many of the songs from the EP including Mayer's first commercial single release, "No Such Thing". The EP includes eight songs with Mayer on lead vocals and guitars. However, Mayer contributed only vocals to the song “Comfortable”. For the opening track, “Back To You”, a full band was enlisted, including the EP’s co-producer David "DeLa" LaBruyere on bass guitars.Alter, Gaby (2007). MixOline.com. Retrieved on April 23, 2007. Mayer and LaBruyere then began to perform throughout Georgia and nearby states.
Major label success
Mayer’s reputation began to build, and a March 2000 appearance at South by Southwest brought him to the attention of "launch" label, Aware Records.Proefrock, Stacia (2005). AllMusicGuide.com. Retrieved on April 23, 2007. After including him in the Aware Festival concerts and having his songs included on Aware compilations, in early 2001, Aware released Mayer’s internet-only album entitled, Room for Squares. During that time, Aware inked a deal with Columbia Records that gave Columbia first pick in signing Aware artists, and so in September of the same year, Columbia remixed and re-released Room for Squares.No byline. AwareRecords.com. Retrieved on June 12, 2007. As part of the major label "debut", the album's artwork was updated, and the track "3x5" was added. The re-release also included reworked studio versions of the first four songs from his indie album, Inside Wants Out.Back, Alan (2001). Nique.net. Retrieved on June 22, 2007.
By the end of 2002, Room for Squares had spawned several radio hits, including "No Such Thing," "Your Body Is a Wonderland", and ultimately, "Why Georgia". In 2003, Mayer won a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Your Body Is a Wonderland." In his acceptance speech he remarked, "This is very, very fast, and I promise to catch up."Bream, Jon (2007). Star-Ecentral.com. Retrieved on April 23, 2007. He also figuratively referred to himself as being sixteen, a remark that many mistook to mean that he was only sixteen years old at the time.Serpick, Evan (February 2007), "Grammy Preview: John Mayer", Rolling Stone Volume unknown: 32
In 2003, Mayer released a live CD and DVD of a concert in Birmingham, Alabama entitled, Any Given Thursday. The concert featured songs previously not recorded, such as "Man on the Side" (co-written with Cook) and "Something's Missing", which later appeared on Heavier Things. The concert also included "Covered In Rain". According to the accompanying DVD documentary, this song is "part two" of the song "City Love", which features the line "covered in rain". Commercially, the album quickly peaked at number seventeen on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD/DVD received conservative, although consistent, praise, with critics torn between his pop-idol image, and (at the time) emerging guitar prowess. Erik Crawford (of Allmusic) asked "Is he the consummate guitar hero exemplified when he plays a cover of Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'Lenny', or is he the teen idol that the pubescent girls shriek for after he plays 'Your Body Is a Wonderland?'"Crawford, Erik (2003). AllMusic.com. Retrieved on June 8, 2007.Medsker, David (2003). Pop Matters. Retrieved on June 8, 2007.
Heavier Things, Mayer's second album, was released in 2003 to generally favorable reviews. Rolling Stone, Allmusic and Blender all gave positive, although reserved, feedback. PopMatters said that it "doesn't have as many drawbacks as one might assume".MacNeil, Jason (2003).
MetaCritic.com. Retrieved on June 4, 2007. The album was commercially successful, and while it did not sell as well as Room for Squares, it peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. Mayer earned his first number one single with the song "Daughters" as well as a 2005 Grammy for Song of the Year, beating out fellow contenders Alicia Keys and Kanye West. He dedicated the award to his grandmother, Annie Hoffman, who died in May 2004. He also won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, beating Elvis Costello, Prince, and Seal for the award. In his February 9, 2009 interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Mayer said that he thought he should not have won the Grammy for Song of the year because he thought that Alicia Keys' If I Ain't Got You was the better song. Because of this, he removed the top half of the Grammy and gave it to Keys, and kept the bottom part for himself.The Ellen DeGeneres Show. February 9, 2009 At the 37th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2006, Mayer was honored with the Hal David Starlight Award.(2006). SongWritersHallofFame.org. Retrieved on September 29, 2006.
Mayer again recorded live concerts across seven nights of his U.S. tour in 2004. These recordings were released to the iTunes music store under the title as/is, indicating that the errors were included along with the good moments. A few months later, a "best of" CD was compiled from the as/is nights. The album included a previously unreleased cover of Marvin Gaye's song "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)", featuring a solo from Mayer's support act—jazz and blues turntablist, DJ Logic. All the album covers of the as/is releases feature drawings of anthropomorphic bunnies. JohnMayer.com. Retrieved on June 25, 2007.
John Mayer Macworld.jpgthumb215pxleftJanuary 2005, left to right: David Ryan Harris, John Mayer and Steve Jobs at Macworld 11, SF Moscone Center.
With increased exposure, Mayer's talent came into demand in other areas. Steve Jobs invited Mayer to perform during the keynote address of Apple's annual Macworld Conference & Expo, in January 2004, as Jobs introduced the software application GarageBand.Deitrich, Andy (2004). ArsTechnica.com. Retrieved on June 12, 2007. The gig led to Mayer becoming a fixture of the event. He rejoined Jobs on stage for a solo performance at Macworld 2007, following the announcement of the iPhone.Krazit, Tom (2007). News.com. Retrieved on June 12, 2007. Mayer has also done endorsements, such as a Volkswagen commercial for the Beetle's guitar outlet and for the BlackBerry Curve.(2006). VDubsRock.com. Retrieved on January 23, 2007.
Change in musical direction
Mayer began to collaborate extensively, often working with artists outside of his own genre. He appeared on Common's song "Go!" and on Kanye West's "Bittersweet Poetry". Following these collaborations, Mayer received praise from rap heavyweights Jay-Z and Nelly.Rodriguez, Jason (2007). MTV.com. Retrieved on April 16, 2007. When asked about his presence in the hip hop community, Mayer said, "It's not music out there right now. That's why, to me, hip-hop is where rock used to be."Moss, Corey (2005) MTV.com. Retrieved on April 12, 2006.
It was around this time that Mayer began hinting a change in his musical interests, announcing that he was "closing up shop on acoustic sensitivity." In 2005, he began a string of collaborations with various blues artists, including Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, as well as jazz artist John Scofield. He also went on tour with legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, which included a show at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. These collaborations led to recordings with several of these artists, namely, Clapton (Back Home, Crossroads Guitar Festival), Guy (Bring 'Em In), Scofield (That's What I Say), and King (80). Although Mayer has maintained a reputation for being a sensitive singer-songwriter, he has also gained distinction as an accomplished guitarist, influenced by the likes of the above artists, as well as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, and Freddie King.Fricke, David (February 22, 2007). Rolling Stone. (1020): 39-47
John Mayer Trio
In the spring of 2005, Mayer formed the John Mayer Trio with bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan, both of whom he had met through previous studio sessions. The trio played a combination of blues and rock music. In October 2005, the Trio opened for The Rolling Stones during a sold-out club tour of their own,Moss Corey (2005). MTV.com. Retrieved on June 8, 2007. and that November, released a live album called Try! The band took a break in mid-2006. In September 2006, Mayer announced plans for the Trio to begin work on a future studio album.Mayer, John (2006). JohnMayer.com Blog. Retrieved on December 12, 2006.
Mayer's third studio album, titled Continuum, was released on September 12, 2006, and was produced by Mayer and Steve Jordan. Mayer suggested the album was intended to combine his signature pop music with the feel, sound, groove, and sensibilities of the blues. In that vein, two of the tracks from his trio release Try!—the funky "Vultures" and the blues centerpiece "Gravity"—also were included on Continuum. Mayer has said that "Gravity" is the most important song he's ever written.Youtube video. (2006). .Online forum entry. .
The first single from Continuum was "Waiting on the World to Change", which debuted on The Ron and Fez Show. The song was the third most downloaded song of the week on the iTunes Music Store following its release on July 11, 2006, and debuted at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. On August 23, 2006, Mayer debuted the entire album on the Los Angeles radio station Star 98.7, giving commentary on each track.Mayer, John (2006). JohnMayer.com. Retrieved on June 8, 2007. A subsequent version was released the next day on the Clear Channel Music website as a streaming sneak preview. On September 21, 2006, Mayer appeared on CSI, playing "Waiting on the World to Change" and "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room." The song "Gravity" was featured on the television series House in the episode "Cane & Able" and Numb3rs. He recorded a session for the British program Live From Abbey Road at Abbey Road Studios on October 22, 2006.
On December 7, 2006, Mayer was nominated for five 2007 Grammys, including "Album of the Year." The John Mayer Trio also received a nomination for their album, Try!. He won two: Best Pop Song with Vocal for "Waiting on the World to Change" and Best Pop Album for Continuum. Mayer remixed an acoustic version of his single "Waiting on the World to Change" with vocal additions from fellow musician Ben Harper. In preparation for recording Continuum, Mayer had booked the Village Recorder in Los Angeles to record five demo acoustic versions of his songs with veteran musician Robbie McIntosh. These recordings became The Village Sessions, an EP released on December 12, 2006. As usual, Mayer oversaw the artwork of the release.No byline (2006). JohnMayer.com. Retrieved on June 8, 2007.
Mayer was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone (#1020) in February 2007, along with John Frusciante and Derek Trucks. He was named as one of the "New Guitar Gods," and the cover nicknamed him "Slowhand, Jr.," a reference to Eric Clapton. Additionally, he was selected by the editors of Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2007 and was listed among artists and entertainers.Tyrangiel, Josh (May 14, 2007). TIME 169 (20):140
On November 20, 2007, the re-issue of Continuum became available online and in stores. The release contains a bonus disc of six live songs from his 2007 tour: five from Continuum and a cover of the Ray Charles song "I Don't Need No Doctor".JohnMayer.org staff (November 14, 2007). ( JohnMayer.com Retrieved November 19, 2007 His new single, "Say", also became available through iTunes. On December 6, 2007, "Belief" was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. He accompanied Alicia Keys on guitar on her song "No One" at the ceremony.
In February 2008, Mayer hosted a three-day Caribbean cruise event that included performances with various musicians including David Ryan Harris, Brett Dennen, Colbie Caillat and Dave Barnes, among others. The event was called "The Mayercraft Carrier" and was held aboard the cruise ship known as the Carnival Victory. A follow up cruise titled "Mayercraft Carrier 2" set sail from Long Beach, California on March 27–31, 2009 on the Carnival Splendor.
On July 1, 2008, Mayer released Where the Light Is a live concert film of Mayer's performance at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on December 8, 2007. The film was directed by Danny Clinch. It features an acoustic set and a set with the John Mayer Trio, followed by a set with John's band from the Continuum album. The DVD and Bluray bonus material includes footage of Mayer backstage and playing outside on Mulholland Drive.. Johnmayer.com. July 1, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
Australian artist Guy Sebastian invited Mayer to collaborate on three songs from his 2009 album Like it Like That.Cashmere, Paul (August 3, 2009), . Undercover Music News. . Retrieved August 4, 2009. Mayer also played guitar on the title track of Crosby Loggins's debut LP, Time to Move, released on July 10, 2009.Newman-Bremang, Kathleen (May 12, 2009), . MTV.com. (accessed June 24, 2009) and
Mayer, John at the Michael Jackson funeral July 7, 2009.jpgthumb200pxJohn Mayer playing guitar on "Human Nature" at Jackson's memorial service on July 7, 2009On July 7, 2009, Mayer performed an instrumental guitar version of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" at Jackson's memorial service.Powers, Ann; Martens, Todd (July 7, 2009) LA Times . Retrieved July 8, 2009.
On November 17, 2009, Mayer's fourth studio album, Battle Studies, was released and debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart.SISARIO, BEN (November 26, 2009), "John Mayer Is No. 1 In Pre-Holiday Week". New York Times. :2 The album consists of 11 tracks with a total time of 45 minutes. The first single from the album, "Who Says", was released on September 24, 2009 in advance of album, and was followed on October 19 by the single "Heartbreak Warfare" and the single "Half of My Heart" released on June 21, 2010. Despite the album's commercial success, critics were mixed with their praise; while some reviews were glowing, calling it his "most adventurous",Graff, Gary (November 14, 2009), "Battle Studies". Billboard. 121 (45):32Arnold, Chuck (November 30, 2009), "Battle Studies". People.72 (22):49 others called the album "safe" and noted that "Mayer the singer-songwriter and Mayer the man about town sometimes seem disconnected, like they don’t even belong in the same body."Jerry Shriver; Elysa Gardner; Edna Gundersen (November 17, 2009), "Albums". USA Today.Greenblatt, Leah (November 20, 2009), "Battle Studies". Entertainment Weekly. (1076):84Keefe, Jonathan (November 22, 2009), . Slant magazine. (Retrieved on February 8, 2010) Mayer himself admitted to Rolling Stone that he thought Battle Studies was not his best album.http
In 2002, Mayer began the "Back To You" Fund, a non-profit organization that focuses on fundraising in the areas of health care, education, the arts, and talent development. The foundation raises funds through the auction of exclusive John Mayer items, such as guitar picks, t-shirts, and signed CDs, made available on Mayer's auction site. The auctions have been successful, with some tickets selling for more than seventeen times their face value.No byline (2006). JohnMayerAuction.com. Retrieved on April 23, 2007. BusinessHere.com. Retrieved on April 23, 2007.
Mayer has shown interest in being "green." Mayer also participated at the East Rutherford, New Jersey location of the Live Earth project, a musical rally to support awareness for global warming held on July 7, 2007.Kilgore, Kim (2007). . Retrieved on May 1, 2007. In the summer of 2007, the environmental advocacy group Reverb set up informational booths and helped his crew conserve energy on his tour dates.No byline (2007). Reverb Rock.org. Retrieved on May 21, 2007. He has also converted his tour bus to bio-diesel fuel.Mayer, John (2007). JohnMayer.com. Retrieved on May 1, 2007. ()
Mayer has performed at a number of benefits and telethons for charity throughout his career. In response to the Virginia Tech massacre, Mayer (along with Dave Matthews Band, Phil Vassar, and Nas) performed a free concert at Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium on September 6, 2007.Virginia Tech (August 1, 2006).. On December 8, 2007, Mayer hosted the First Annual Charity Revue, a tradition he has continued each year. Charities who have benefited from the concerts include Toys for Tots, Inner City Arts, and the Los Angeles Mission.Mayer, John. . Published November 14, 2007 by JohnMayer.com. Retrieved November 27, 2007. Both CDs and DVDs of the first concert were released under the title "Where the Light Is" in July 2008. It has not been announced whether the DVD proceeds will go to charity or not.Mayer, John. . Published November 26, 2007 by JohnMayer.com. Retrieved November 27, 2007. () Mayer also appeared on Songs for Tibet, a celebrity initiative to support Tibet and the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso.Finn, Natalie (July 22, 2008), E-Online . Retrieved July 25, 2008.
In a Rolling Stone interview, Mayer recalled that after former Columbia Records head, Don Ienner, panned Continuum, he briefly considered quitting music and studying design full time. Mayer's interest in design, however, had long manifested itself in a number of ways. In 2003, Martin Guitars gave Mayer his own signature model acoustic guitar called the OM-28 John Mayer.(2003). . Retrieved on January 29, 2007. The guitar was limited to a run of only 404, an Atlanta area code.Sounding Board Newsletter contributor (2003). MartinGuitar.com. Retrieved on January 29, 2007. This model was followed by the release of two Fender signature Stratocaster electric guitars, beginning in 2005. A third Stratocaster, finished in charcoal frost metallic paint with a racing stripe, was also a limited-release, with only 100 guitars made. In January, 2006, Martin Guitars released the Martin OMJM John Mayer acoustic guitar. The guitar was intended to have many of the attributes of the Martin OM-28 John Mayer but with a more affordable price tag. In August 2006, Fender started manufacturing SERIES II John Mayer Stratocasters. The new Olympic white with mint green pickguard and cream plastics replaced the shoreline gold model.Mayer, John (2006). JohnMayer.com. Retrieved on January 30, 2007. In January 2007, Two Rock collaborated with Mayer on custom-designed amps. Only 25 (all signed by Mayer himself) were made available to the public.Mayer, John (2007). JohnMayer.com. Retrieved on May 10, 2007.No byline (2007). Two-Rock.com. Retrieved on May 10, 2007. June 2007 saw the release of the "album art" guitar, with the Continuum motif repeated on the face of the instrument,Mayer, John (2007). Honeyee.com. Retrieved on June 11, 2007. as well as a 500-run John Mayer signature Fender Stratocaster in Cypress-Mica. Included with the limited Cypress-Mica model was the INCSvsJM gig bag that Mayer collaborated on with Incase designs. Not surprisingly, Mayer is a passionate collector of guitars, and in 2006 his collection was estimated at more than 200. In 2010 Fender announced a production model of Mayer's "The Black One" guitar.Lu, Anne (February 27, 2009), . allheadlinenews.com
In addition to guitars, Mayer's handiwork ranges from T-shirts, guitar totes and, most dear to his heart, sneakers. In August 2006, Mayer started JMltd, a minor clothing line of Mayer-themed merchandise that he has designed.
With the June 1, 2004, issue of Esquire, Mayer began a column called, "Music Lessons with John Mayer". Each article featured a lesson and his (often humorous) take on various topics, both of personal and popular interest. In the August 2005 issue, he invited readers to create music for orphaned lyrics he had written.Mayer, John (September 2005), Esquire. 144 (3):80 The winner was Tim Fagan of L.A., as announced in the following January's issue.Mayer, John (January 2006), . Esquire. 145 (1):38
Mayer has been active online, and has maintained four blogs: a MySpace page, a blog at his official site, another at Honeyee.com, one at tumblr.com, as well as a photoblog at StunningNikon.com. He also is one of the most-followed persons on the micro-blogging site Twitter,Daly, Steven (December 2009), . Details magazine. . Retrieved February 8, 2010. reaching 3 million followers in January 2010. Although his posts often deal with career-related matters, they also contain jokes, videos, photos, his convictions, and his personal activities; they sometimes overlap in content. He is noted for writing the blogs himself, and not through a publicist. On January 23, 2008, he posted a graphic that read, "Done & Dusted & Self Conscious & Back to Work." on his official blog, followed by the quote "There is danger in theoretical speculation of battle, in prejudice, in
false reasoning, in pride, in braggadocio. There is one safe resource,
the return to nature.."; all the previous blog entries were deleted.Mayer, John (January 23, 2008), JohnMayer.com. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
In the mid-2000s decade, stand-up comedy became a sporadic hobby of Mayer's. He has made random appearances at the famed Comedy Cellar in New York and at other venues. While he has said that it helps him write better, he said that increased media attention has had to make him be too careful about what he says; he has also said he is not funny."June 8, 2008". Z100 Radio Concert. July 8, 2008. season and number unknown
In 2004, Mayer hosted a one-shot, half-hour comedy special on VH1 entitled John Mayer Has a TV Show, with antics including wearing a bear suit while anonymously teasing concertgoers in the parking lot outside one of his concerts. The American network CBS announced on January 14, 2009 that they were in negotiations with Mayer for a variety show; it may air as a special or as a regular series.. Broadcasting & Cable. . Retrieved January 14, 2009.(January 14, 2009), . The Los Angeles Times. . Retrieved January 20, 2009. In an interview with Rolling Stone, posted online on January 22, 2010, Mayer confirmed that the program, also called John Mayer Has a TV Show, was still in development, and that personnel were being hired. He described the concept as "a high quality music performance show, where I could also steer it a little bit. It's about there being a bastion of artists being made to look good and sound good.".(January 22, 2010), . RollingStone.com
Mayer has made many appearances on talk shows and other television programs, most notably, on a Chappelle's Show comedy skit, Late Night with David Letterman and on the final episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Mayer made an appearance with Rob Dyrdek in the MTV show Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory.
Mayer has toured with many musical groups, including Maroon 5,Dansby, Andrew (2004). Rolling Stone. Retrieved on April 12, 2006. Guster, Howie Day, Mat Kearney, Counting Crows,Dansby, Andrew (2003). Rolling Stone. Retrieved on April 12, 2006. Ben Folds, The Wallflowers, Teitur,Mayer, John (2004). FindArticles.com. Retrieved on January 28, 2007. Brett Dennen, Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat, Train, Ellie Goulding OneRepublic and Paramore. Crow and Mayer, who had just previously appeared on the Cars Soundtrack together, co-headlined a tour that ran from August to October 2006.AP (2006). Billboard.com. Retrieved on May 31, 2007. In 2007, Mayer toured Europe, hoping to reach the popularity abroad that he enjoys in North America.Sinclair, David (2007). Belfast Telegraph online. Retrieved on January 28, 2007. The initial North American Continuum tour ended on February 28, 2007, with a show at Madison Square Garden, a performance which the New York Post described as "career-defining."Aquilante, Dan (2007). Nypost.com. Retrieved on March 2, 2007. In 2010, Mayer and Keith Urban performed at a CMT Crossroads concert which saw Mayer and Urban performing a medley of their own songs together and a rendition of George Michael's single, "Faith". This performance was led to Urban and Mayer teaming up again for future performances, including at the 2010 CMT Music Awards.
Mayer allows audio taping at most of his live performances, and he also allows for the non-commercial trading of those recordings. He does this to give fans the opportunity to recreate the live experience, and to encourage fan interaction. Local 83: Listener's Union. Retrieved on June 25, 2007.
Mayer often shows up at small venues unannounced (or with little advance notice) for surprise concerts—occasionally for free or without accepting the performance fee.New York staff (October 15, 2007), . NME.com. Retrieved January 18, 2011.Kaplan, Michelle (December 6, 2010), . YeahNewYork.com. Retrieved January 18, 2011.(August 9, 2009), (June 18, 2010),
. NYPost.com. Retrieved January 18, 2011. He has made appearances throughout the Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York areas, including shows at The Laugh Factory, Eddie's Attic,Swartz, Kristi E., et al. (September 8, 2010), . The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved January 18, 2011. and the Village Underground.
Touring band members
* David Ryan Harris – guitar, backing vocals (2003–present)
* Robbie McIntosh – guitar, slide guitar, backing vocals (2006–present)
* Sean Hurley – bass, backing vocals (2008–present)
* Charlie Wilson – keyboards (2009–present)
* Keith Carlock - drums, percussion (2010–present)
* Bob Reynolds – saxophones, flute (2006–2008, 2010–present)
* Bryan Lipps - trumpet (2010–present)
* David LaBruyere – bass (1999–2008)
* Nir Z - drums (2001)
* Matt Mangano - guitar (2001)
* Matt Johnson - drums (2002)
* Stephen Chopek – drums, percussion (2001–2002)
* Michael Chaves – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2001–2005)
* Kevin Lovejoy – keyboards (2003–2004)
* Erik Jekabsen – trumpet, flugelhorn (2003–2004)
* Chris Karlic – saxophone, flute (2003–2005)
* J.J. Johnson – drums (2003–2005, 2006–2008)
* Onree Gill – keyboards (2004–2005)
* Chuck McKinnon – trumpet, flugelhorn (2004–2005)
* Ricky Peterson – keyboards, organ, backing vocals (2006–2007)
* Tim Bradshaw – keyboards, organ, lap steel guitar, backing vocals (2007–2008)
* Kenna Ramsey - backing vocals (2009–2010)
* Melanie Taylor - backing vocals (2009–2010)
* Steve Jordan – drums, percussion, backing vocals (2003, 2005–2006, 2009–2010)
* Brad Mason - trumpet, flugelhorn (2006–2008)
Mayer has followed the discipline of Krav Maga."Saturday, December 5th", .) Retrieved on February 2, 2010"Saturday, December 5th", . Retrieved on February 2, 2010 He hosts an annual Interfaith Baking Contest, in which he judges his favorite from pictures of baked goods sent in by his fans during the end-of-year, holiday season.
Mayer has a number of tattoos. These include: "Home" and "Life" (from the song title) on the back of his left and right arms respectively, "77" (his year of birth) on the left side of his chest, and a koi-like fish on his right shoulder. His entire left arm is covered in a sleeve tattoo that he acquired gradually, ending in April 2008; it includes: "SRV" (for his idol, Stevie Ray Vaughan) on his shoulder, a decorated rectangle on his biceps, a dragon-like figure on his inner arm, and various other floral designs. In 2003, he got a tattoo of three squares on his right forearm, which, he has explained, he will fill in gradually.Collis, Clark (2003). Blender.com. Retrieved on November 2, 2006. As of 2011, two are filled.No byline (2007). HollyScoop.com. Retrieved on June 22, 2007.
He is an avid collector of watches and owns timepieces worth tens of thousands of dollars.Lieberman, Bari (2007). The Hurricane Online. Retrieved on January 25, 2007.Mayer, John (2006). Honeyee.com. Retrieved on April 25, 2007. Mayer also has an extensive collection of sneakers, estimated () at more than 200 pairs.Mayer, John (2006). JohnMayer.com/blog. Retrieved on January 4, 2007.
Mayer's parents concluded an uncontested divorce on May 27, 2009.Mayer, Margaret v. Mayer, Richard, (2009) After the divorce, Mayer moved his (82-year-old) father to an assisted-living facility in Los Angeles.
Mayer sold his home in the Los Angeles suburbs in 2011.http He currently lives in his apartment in the New York City neighborhood of SoHo.
Dating and relationship with the media
Mayer dated Jennifer Love Hewitt briefly in 2002. In a comedy routine at the Hollywood Laugh Factory in May 2006, he said that they never consummated their relationship; he later said that he immediately apologized to her for the raunchy routine.(2006). ContactMusic.com. Retrieved on January 5, 2006. Despite rumors to the contrary, Mayer did not date Heidi Klum in 2003. Mayer dated Jessica Simpson for about nine months, beginning in the middle of 2006. Rumors started in August of that year with a People magazine article, but kicked into high gear when Mayer and Simpson spent New Year's holiday together in New York City, both attending Christina Aguilera's New Year's Eve party.No byline (2007). CBSNews.com. Retrieved on June 13, 2007. When Ryan Seacrest asked Mayer on the red carpet of the 2007 Grammy Awards, about his relationship with Simpson, Mayer responded in Japanese. Despite some initially conflicting translations, he said, "Jessica is a lovely woman, and I'm glad to be with her."Malkin, Marc (2007). E! online. Retrieved on February 12, 2007. However, the couple split in May 2007.No byline (2007). MSNBC.com. Retrieved on May 21, 2007. He began dating actress Minka Kelly in September 2007,No byline. (October 1, 2007) People.com. Retrieved October 1, 2007. but they split up before the year's end.Garcia, Jennifer (January 9, 2008), People.com. Retrieved on January 10, 2008 Mayer began dating actress Jennifer Aniston in April 2008,Marx, Linda (April 26, 2008), People.com. Retrieved on April 28, 2008 but Mayer broke it off the following August.No byline (August 17, 2008), LA Times. . Retrieved August 18, 2008. They resumed dating in October 2008 and split up again in March 2009.Van Meter, Jonathan (December 2008), "". Vogue.Cedenheim, Pernilla (March 12, 2009), People.com. Retrieved on April 8, 2009 His relationships with high-profile celebrities has led to his having a reputation as a "womanizer."Jesseka Kadylak (June 19, 2008), "Mayer strums star heartstrings" . USA Today.Caramanica, Jon (November 21, 2009), "John Mayer Just Has to Please the Girls". New York Times :1
Mayer's relationship with Jessica Simpson coincided with some personal behavior changes that served to significantly increase his tabloid exposure.(January 22, 2010), . Retrieved on February 3, 2010 Previously, Mayer had expressed his resolve to completely avoid drugs, alcohol, clubbing, "red-carpet" events, dating celebrities and anything else that he felt would detract from his focus on his music.Guthrie, Blake (May 16, 2001),
. Creative Loafing (Retrieved on February 2, 2010) In interviews, however, Mayer has alluded to experiencing an extreme "anxiety bender" episode in his twenties that motivated him to be less reclusive. He later said he realized that, "If I wanted to see Jessica more, I had to grow up," and not be afraid to be without his guitar. He called his relationship with her "sexual napalm" and said she had the power to "change values." He began making appearances at clubs in Los Angeles and New York (where he would stage pranks for the paparazzi), and in a Rolling Stone interview from 2006, he first mentioned that he had begun using marijuana. Mayer joined Aniston at the 81st Academy Awards in February 2009, where she was a presenter.http
Mayer's relationship with the media has drawn controversy. He has been called long-winded and self-aware, stemming from his style as an interviewee. Mayer's discourse with the tabloid media (including hosting a TMZ segment and getting in Twitter battles with Perez Hilton)TMZ staff (July 26, 2008), . TMZ.com. Retrieved February 3. 2010.Kreps, Daniel (June 23, 2009), . RollingStone.com. Retrieved February 3, 2010. culminated in an impromptu press conference outside of his gym in New York, where he explained why he had broken-up with Aniston. The fall-out was unfavorable, and he was branded a "douchebag" for "saving face"; Mayer later said, "It was one of the worst times of my life,"Hamm, Liza; Ingrassia, Lisa, (December 15, 2008). "HOLLYWOOD'S BEST & WORST BOYFRIENDS". People. 70 (24):66-71 and maintains he did it to take responsibility for hurting her. Despite assertions that he would not be doing any more press, an interview with Playboy magazine (posted to their website on February 10, 2010) set off accusations in the media and on Twitter of his being a misogynist, kiss-and-tell ex-boyfriend, and racist.Herrera, Monica (February 10, 2010), . Billboard.com. Retrieved February 10, 2010. He apologized via Twitter for his use of the word "nigger," saying, "It was arrogant of me to think I could intellectualize...a word that is so emotionally charged."Mayer, John (February 10, 2010), . Twitter.com. Retrieved February 10, 2010. He also tearfully apologized to his band and fans at his concert in Nashville later that night.(February 10, 2010), . YouTube.com. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
* Room for Squares (2001)
* Heavier Things (2003)
* Continuum (2006)
* Battle Studies (2009)
Mayer has won seven awards from eighteen nominations.
Others awards and nominations
* Battle Studies World Tour
* Edwards, G. (2006) Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton's Little John?, New York: Crown Publishing Group. ISBN 0-307-34603-XThis text has been derived from John Mayer on Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0