John Clayton Mayer (born October 16, 1977 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but dis-enrolled and moved to Atlanta in 1997. After his appearance at the 2001 South by Southwest Festival, he was signed to Aware Records, and then Columbia Records, which released his first EP, Inside Wants Out. His following two full-length albums—Room for Squares (2001) and Heavier Things (2003) achieved multi-platinum status. In 2003, he won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Though Mayer started his career mainly performing acoustic rock, he began moving towards the blues genre that had originally influenced him as a musician. He released a live album in 2005 called Try!, and his third studio album Continuum in 2006. Both albums received wide critical acclaim, and Continuum earned Mayer a 2007 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. He also won Best male Pop Vocal Performance for " Wanting on the World to Change". That album was followed by Battle Studies in 2009, a return to pop.
Mayer withdrew from public life in 2010 and began work on a follow-up album, called Born and Raised, that would draw inspiration from the 1970s pop music of Laurel Canyon. He began performing as a singer again in January 2013, and that year released the album, Paradise Valley. After developing an interest in the Grateful Dead and connecting with Bob Weir, Mayer formed Dead & Company with three former Grateful Dead musicians. After two well-received tours in the fall of 2015 and summer of 2016, the band has already committed to another tour for the summer of 2017.