John Mayer's story: from the early years to a resounding breakthrough in music
John Meyer - is a well-known American songwriter and performer, guitarist and keyboardist, as well as a music producer. He has three multi-platinum albums to his credit - Room for Squares, Heavier Things, and Continuumas well as seven prizes Grammy Awards! Having burst into the music business with his acoustic style, in the following years Meyer steadily expanded his approach to encompass everything - From blues-rock to modern trends! He managed to create pop music for a more demanding audience by adding jazz chords and clever turns of phrase in his songwriting... As a result his combination turned out to be quite popular, as evidenced by the three times platinum Room for Squares! But even after his success Meyer continued to experiment, diluting each new album with touches of rock, blues and soul... He worked with such masters as Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock... In doing so. John Meyer retained enough of a pop/rock sound to continue his domination of the charts, making him one of the most popular songwriters of the decade...
Born in Connecticut in 1977teenager Meyer I got really interested in the blues... Already. By the age of 20 his electric guitar skills were enough to get him into Berklee College of Music. True - he would later drop out in the name of music, and begin his career as a songwriter in Atlanta... Working alongside a former classmate Clay Cook, John frequented local coffeehouses and soon began co-writing material that combined pleasant pop/rock with unexpected flourishes...
But as is often the case - there came a moment when the paths of buddies diverged: Cook joined the Marshall Tucker Band and went on tour, and Meyer... Meyer became a solo artist. He recorded a couple of his own tracks (plus a couple of songs co-written with Cook), arranged it all nicely, and released an EP called Inside Wants Out. This is where his ascent began...
First contract and first big breakthrough
In the early noughties Meyer made a deal with Aware Records, and the same year he began recording his debut album with producer John Alagíaknown for his work with Dave Matthews and Ben Folds. And if . Inside Wants Out was clearly an acoustic album, then Room for Squares was already more extensive, as several of Meyer's old songs were given new arrangements for radio. Released in 2001 on labels Aware and Columbia Records, the album quickly launched John's career: "No such Thing" and "Your Body Is a Wonderland" were among the top 20 hits!
When Meyer went on tour in support of the album, his considerable talent as lead guitarist (a skill that was downplayed during the recording of Room for Squares) flourished, leading to a display of blues solos that entered, later, into the live album Any Given Thursday 2003 year. That same year Meyer won his first Grammy Award... He would return to the Grammy Awards two years later, this time to win a couple of awards for soulful ballads (like the ballad "Daughters."):
Despite its commercial and critical success, the interest Meyer to other genres convinced him to take a brief break from pop music. During this period he tested his instrumental skills by collaborating with blues artists (Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy) and jazz legends (John Scofield, Herbie Hancock). Later he put together his own trio, with which he recorded his only album Try!
Going back to the roots...
John Meyer returned to his solo career, releasing 2006 album Continuum: Warmly received by critics, on this record Meyer focused on blues, pop and contemporary soul. "Gravity." had modest success as a single, but "Waiting on the World to Change" turned out to be the commercial highlight of the album, hitting the top 20 in February 2007 and winning a Grammy that same month! And soon Meyer released his biggest hit, titled "Say." (later this song would also win a Grammy...):
New albums and... scandals
Mayer returned to the studio in 2009 and recorded Battle Studies with a single "Heartbreak Warfare:
The album - based on a smooth, adult contemporary sound Continuum - sold well, but its release marked a difficult period for the public image Mayer: The musician was criticized for comments he made about ex-girlfriends Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston During the interview for the Rolling Stone and Playboy... John subsequently deleted his Twitter account and took a break from public appearances and interviews.
In 2011, during the recording of his fifth studio album, Meyer had surgery on his vocal cords... It was only after the surgery that he completed the album and debuted the title single "Shadow Days.":
Born and Raised demonstrated a sound with a more indigenous, folk and rustic sound than his previous works... Born and Raised was also the first Meyer album to top the chart for more than two weeks Billboard 200.
In 2013, Meyer returned to the studio with Don Was.to record his sixth album Paradise Valleywhich will continue to explore the folk style launched by the Born and Raised... After releasing the record, Meyer went on tour in support of the album. He then performed with Dead & Companyreleased The Search for Everything: Wave OneBut... in 2017, the musician underwent an appendectomy.
The band reunited in 2018. In May of that year, Meyer released a standalone single "New Light.". 2019 brought two more non-album singles, starting with the mostly acoustic "I Guess I Just Feel Like"which was followed in September by "Carry Me Away".
At the beginning of 2021, several singles in the style of 80s pop musicincluding "Last Train Home" and "New Light"which later appeared on the full-length album Sob Rock!