John Clayton Mayer was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on the 16th October 1977. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston before entering into the music industry. His first two albums were a huge success: Room for Squares (2001), Heavier Things (2003), both achieving multi-platinum status. In 2003, with the single ‘Your Body is a Wonderland’ he won a Grammy Award for Best male Pop Vocal Performance. As well as music, Mayer has tried his hand at comedy, graphic design, television hosting and writing.
Engagement in Cultural Diplomacy
Mayer was the primary founder of the ‘Back to You’ fund to raise money for healthcare, education, the arts an talent development. The main initiative to raise money for these projects cam from exclusive auctions of John Mayer items such as guitar picks, t-shirts and signed CDs.
Mayer has performed at a number of benefits and telethons for charity throughout his career including: a free concert at Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium in 2007 in response to the Virginia Tech massacre. Charities that have benefited from Mayer’s concerts include: Toys for Tots and Inner City Arts.