Seven-time GRAMMY-winning artist John Mayer was the featured guest for a recent installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before a sold-out audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Mayer discussed the creation of his latest chart-topping album, Born And Raised, while sharing his insights on several of the album's songs and his collaboration with producer Don Was.
"I think that Born And Raised is probably a bit of a reboot," said Mayer. "Interestingly enough you don't really have a dream for record four or five. The vision sort of runs dry after a while. You don't lay in bed as a kid thinking about how you're going to progress to your fifth record."
A native of Bridgeport, Conn., Mayer released his debut solo album, Room For Squares, in 2001. The album reached No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the Top 20 pop hits "No Such Thing" and "Your Body Is A Wonderland." The latter song earned Mayer his first career GRAMMY for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2002. Mayer's sophomore release, 2003's Heavier Things, became his first No. 1 album on the strength of the hits "Bigger Than My Body" and "Daughters." "Daughters" earned two GRAMMYs for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Song Of The Year in 2004.
Released in 2005, Try! John Mayer Trio Live In Concert showcased Mayer's improvisational abilities as a blues guitarist. A year later, Mayer released his third studio album, Continuum, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and earned Best Pop Vocal Album. The album's lead track, "Waiting On The World To Change," picked up Best Male Pop Vocal Performance honors. Featured in the 2007 film The Bucket List, "Say" reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned Mayer his fourth GRAMMY for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2008. Battle Studies was released in 2009, peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album featured "Half Of My Heart," a duet with Taylor Swift that earned a nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Released May 22, Mayer's fifth studio album, Born And Raised, has held the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 for two consecutive weeks. The album's lead single, "Shadow Days," cracked the Top 15 on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart. In April at the GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards in Washington, D.C., The Recording Academy honored Mayer with the Recording Artists' Coalition Award in recognition of his commitment to improving the working environment for the nation's music community.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Making Rumours: The Inside Story Of The Classic Fleetwood Mac Album — A Conversation With Ken Caillat (June 12), Winforever Always Compete Speaker Series Featuring Louis Zamperini and Pete Carroll (June 16), and Icons Of The Music Industry: Seymour Stein With Special Guests Delta Rae (June 18).
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