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Edwards admitted to being surprised at Mayer's skills, calling his solos "fluid and elegant" like those of blues legend Eric Clapton.
The tour produced a double live album, Any Given Thursday , released in 2003, that had something of a jam-band feel.
"Bonnie Raitt, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray—these were like my buddies." He briefly attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where an overdose of intense guitar performances drove him to explore soft, melodic ballads.
In 1998, after he dropped out, he moved to Atlanta, where he became a frequent performer at music clubs such as Eddie's Attic.
The following February, "Your Body is a Wonderland" won a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Mayer was also nominated for best new artist, but he lost that award to Norah Jones.
The album, released in September of 2001, included two very successful singles, "No Such Thing" and "Your Body is a Wonderland." The first song, with an alienated teenager defying the expectations of "prom kings" and "drama queens" and imagining a sort of emotional revenge at his ten-year high school reunion, appealed to a wide audience of young, lonely misfits.
He appeared at the prestigious South by Southwest Music Festival in March of 2000, and his performance there won him a contract with the Columbia Records subsidiary Aware Records.
"There are artists my age whose musical understanding dates back to 1994.
That's frightening, to think the tail of the comet only goes back as far as Jesus Jones." That joke about a 1990s band that landed one major single on alternative rock radio made it clear that Mayer did not want to be known for only one hit.
Born October 16, 1977; son of Richard (a high school principal) and Margaret (a middle school teacher) Mayer. Addresses: Management —Michael Mc Donald, Mick Management, 44 Wall St., 2nd Flr., New York, NY 10005.
Publicist —Ken Sunshine Consultants, 149 5th Ave., 7th Flr., New York, NY 10010. Released album Inside Wants Out , 1999; released Room For Squares , 2001; Any Given Thursday , 2003; released Heavier Things , 2003; released Try!