John Mayer is one of the best musicians of his generation. The multi-platinum selling artist has won seven Grammy awards, received 19 nominations and now released seven solo albums with his most recent album, The Search for Everything, being released in waves. Mayer is best known for his widely popular songs, “Your Body is a Wonderland,” “Waiting on the World to Change,” “Daughters” and “Gravity,” as well as his amazing guitar skills. After a long hiatus, the singer-songwriter seems to be making a comeback with the release of his first new album since 2013. In honor of this, here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about John Mayer!
Born in 1977, John Mayer was raised in what’s known as the “richy-rich” town of Fairfield, Connecticut. He grew up with two brothers, Carl and Ben. John is extremely protective of his childhood and doesn’t share too much information of what he was like as a child. His parents divorced in 2009 after a long marriage. His father, a high school principal was 19 years older than his mother, a middle-school English teacher which is quite unusual, but Mayer has expressed that he never had any issues with the age gap and speaks admirably about them both.
9. Natural Talent
John’s biggest inspiration when it comes to the guitar is Marty McFly’s “Johnny B. Goode” performance in the film, Back to the Future. He got hooked on guitar when he was 13 and his father rented an acoustic guitar for him and his brother to use in lessons from Al Ferrante, a local guitar store owner. Mayer’s biggest influence was Blues — “He came in holding a Stevie Ray Vaughan album, said, ‘I want to learn this stuff,’ and in short order he was wailing away way beyond anybody else,” said Ferrante. At one point his parents were so concerned about how much time he spent in his room playing guitar and pining after a career as a musician that they sent him to see a shrink. Of course, nothing was wrong, but he fought a lot with his parents during that time and to this day does not like being asked about it.
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