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The album covers of the As/Is releases feature drawings of anthropomorphic bunnies. Although Mayer maintained his reputation as a singer-songwriter, he gained distinction as a guitarist, Following the conclusion of his Heavier Things tour, Mayer began working with artists, including those from other genres of music.
He also performed on commercial releases, namely, with Eric Clapton (Back Home, Crossroads Guitar Festival), Buddy Guy (Bring 'Em In), John Scofield (That's What I Say), and B. He voice was sampled on the song "Go by rapper Common, and he appeared on Kanye West's a hidden track from the album Graduation, "Bittersweet Poetry".
He is a watch aficionado (with a collection he values in the "tens of millions" of dollars), and has been on the jury at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. According to Mayer, his fascination with Vaughan started a "genealogical hunt" that led him to other blues guitarists, including Buddy Guy, B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, Otis Rush and Lightnin' Hopkins.
When Mayer was seventeen, he was stricken with cardiac dysrhythmia and was hospitalized for a weekend.
Reflecting on the incident, Mayer said, "That was the moment the songwriter in me was born", and he penned his first lyrics the night he left the hospital.
With the help of local producer and engineer Glenn Matullo, Mayer recorded the independent EP Inside Wants Out.
Mayer's secondary career pursuits extend to television hosting, comedy, and writing; he has authored columns for magazines such as Esquire.
Though Mayer started his career mainly performing acoustic rock, he began moving towards the blues genre that had originally influenced him as a musician. Forming the John Mayer Trio, he released a live album in 2005 called Try! Both albums received wide critical acclaim, and Continuum earned Mayer a 2007 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.Even so, the album enjoyed a generally favorable reception, though was less commercially successful than his previous work.After extensive treatments for his vocal problems—and a two-year hiatus—Mayer began performing as a singer again in January 2013, and that year released the album, Paradise Valley.He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and raised in nearby Fairfield.He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook.