John Mayer is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. This award-winning musician has achieved a phenomenal level of success in his career, which has led to him becoming an extremely wealthy man. It is estimated that he now has a net worth of $40 million. So, how did this musician get so rich?
Early Life and Launching a Career
Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on October 16, 1977, John Mayer is the middle child of Richard and Margaret Mayer. His parents are a high-school principal and a middle-school English teacher respectively. He has an older brother called Carl and a younger brother called Ben. Mayer’s love for guitars began in his childhood and was inspired by watching Marty McFly play the instrument in ‘Back to the Future’. His father rented him a guitar when he turned 13, and he later took guitar lessons. One of Mayer’s neighbors gave him a cassette of Stevie Ray Vaughn, and this grew his love for blues music and artists including Lightnin’ Hopkins, Albert King, Otis Rush, Freddie King, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy. The musician first began performing in bars while he was still in high school. Although he predominantly performed as a solo artist, he was also in a band called Villanova Junction. Mayer became a songwriter at the age of 17 when he was hospitalized after suffering from cardiac dysrhythmia.
Mayer’s Career from 2000 to 2009
Although Mayer was keen to skip college to focus on his music, his parents persuaded him to attend Berklee College of Music. However, he and his friend Clay Cook left after two semesters to form a band called LoFi Masters and they moved to Atlanta. Mayer was keen to move towards pop music, so they parted ways and Mayer became a solo artist. Working with a local producer called Glenn Matullo, Mayer recorded ‘Inside Wants Out’, his first independent EP. Although Clay Cook had co-written some of the songs, he only performed backing vocals on ’Comfortable’.
Mayer began to grow an online following and he performed across many states. He came to the attention of Gregg Latterman from Aware Records, which led to him performing at Aware Festivals and then releasing ‘Room for Squares’, which was an Internet-only album. Aware Records had a deal with Columbia Records that allowed them to take their pick of Aware artists. They liked Mayer’s style and reworked ‘Room for Squares’, adding some tracks from ‘Inside Wants Out’.
The reworked album led to some of his singles becoming radio hits, including ‘Your Body is a Wonderland’. For this single, Mayer went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. In 2003, Mayer released his commercially and critically successful second album ‘Heavier Things’. This peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200. The album featured the single ‘Daughters’, which won a 2005 Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Mayer also continued to tour across the United States.
After his tour, Mayer began working with other artists in a range of genres as he wanted to diversify his musical style. These collaborations grew his reputation as a guitarist as well as a singer-songwriter. He also formed a Trio with drummer Steve Jordan and bassist Pino Palladino. They began performing live together and released a live album titled ‘Try!’. Mayer’s third album ‘Continuum’ was released in 2006, and this spawned several successful singles. The album was nominated for five Grammy Awards, of which he won two. Mayer then continued to collaborate with other artists before releasing his fourth studio album ‘Battle Studies’ in 2009. This was the first of his albums to receive mixed reviews from critics.
His Career in Music from 2010 Onwards
Mayer decided to withdraw from public life for a while in 2010 after two magazine interviews in which he revealed his personal issues. During this time, he began to work on his fifth studio album. He was suffering from some problems with his vocal cords, so the release of the album was delayed as he needed to receive treatment. He eventually released the first single from the album, ‘Shadow Days’, in February 2012.
This was followed by the release of the album ‘Born and Raised’ in May 2012. Unfortunately, the granuloma on his vocal cords returned, and Mayer was forced to announce that he needed to refrain from singing indefinitely. By 2013, he was recovered enough to perform at several live events, and he released his sixth album ‘Paradise Valley’ in August 2013. Over the next two years, he continued to perform live and he began working on his seventh studio album at the beginning of 2016. The lead single ‘Still Feel Like Your Man’ was released in February 2017 followed by the album ‘The Search for Everything: Wave One’ in April 2017. Since then, he has been touring both as a solo artist and with Dead & Company.
Mayer’s Other Ventures
Although John Mayer’s main focus in life is his music, he has also been involved in many other projects. He has written a series of music tutorials called ‘Music Lessons with John Mayer’ which were featured in ‘Esquire’. He also writes four blogs that have a huge following. A lesser-known fact is that Mayer has also performed as a comedian on many occasions, although this is something that he no longer does. As a musician, Mayer is an avid collector of instruments and he owns more than 200 guitars. This has led to him designing his own range of guitars for several elite guitar companies. He has also collaborated with Two Rock to create custom-designed amps.
John Mayer’s Personal Net Worth
Now, Celebrity Net Worth estimates that John Mayer’s net worth is $40 million. This is predominantly from his record sales, live performances, and songwriting. However, he has also made some money from his various other ventures. His biggest extravagances since becoming rich have been properties. At one point he had a luxurious home in Los Angeles and a swanky apartment in New York. However, he dreamed of a more relaxed lifestyle and sold both properties to buy a 15-acre ranch in Montana, says MNN Lifestyle. On his land, he has his own recording studio on the top of a hill overlooking the Yellowstone River.
John Mayer has never been married and he has no children. However, he has had several high-profile relationships. He has had relationships with famous women including Jennifer Aniston, Katy Perry, Minka Kelly, and Jennifer Love-Hewitt. After developing a drinking problem due to partying on the road, he now lives an alcohol-free lifestyle.