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Waiting On The World To Change
Your Body Is A Wonderland
A guitar player with blues roots and a penchant for adventure, John Mayer has evolved into a pop/rock staple, an artist competent strumming through 12-bar standards, writing minor key-based love songs, creating futuristic soundscapes or penning tunes that can still be defined as old-fashioned rock and roll. As a teenager, Mayer was something of a guitar prodigy, earning his way into Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1997. After two semesters Mayer left Boston for Atlanta, where he focused on songwriting. His debut EP, 1999's Inside Wants Out, earned him a deal with Aware Records.
In 2002 Mayer released his debut album, Room For Squares. The album was laden with pop/rock songs that framed Mayer as an eclectic balladeer along the lines of Dave Matthews. The Top 20 hits "No Such Thing" and "Your Body Is A Wonderland" pushed Room For Squares to multi-platinum status and No. 8 on the Billboard 200, with the latter track earning Mayer his first career GRAMMY for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2002. That same year he also earned a nomination for Best New Artist.
Mayer's sophomore effort, 2003's Heavier Things, topped the Billboard 200 on the strength of the soulful ballad "Daughters," which earned him two GRAMMYs, including Song Of The Year. In subsequent years, Mayer collaborated with musicians such as Eric Clapton, B.B. King and Kanye West, and in 2005 he formed the John Mayer Trio, with whom he released the live album Try!, which earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rock Album in 2006.
Mayer followed with 2006's Continuum (No. 2) and "Say," a song featured on the film The Bucket List. "Say" reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned him a GRAMMY for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. In 2008 Mayer released Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles, which peaked at No. 5. He followed with two consecutive No. 1 studio albums, 2009's Battle Studies and 2012's Born And Raised. After the release of the latter album, Mayer underwent vocal cord surgery, which sidelined him from touring. Mayer returned to the concert trail in 2013.