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John Mayer

Becoming a music titan has huge implications-- just ask John Mayer.  The singer songwriter requires no introduction; his personal history, his personal life and especially his personal relationships are all rather public, thanks to the enormous media attention that the 34-year-old attracts. 

The attention he attracts, of course, attracts trouble.  Yet, Mayer, who has just released his fifth solo studio album, seems to be taking it all in stride.

In today’s episode of World Cafe, John Mayer discusses the circumstances under which he recorded Born and Raised.  In the midst of recording the album, Mayer was diagnosed with granulomas near his vocal chords, which required surgical treatment.  After he recovered, he finished the album, but he’s taking time off from touring.  He plans to use his time off to write new material and reflect on his career.  Mayer discusses the phenomenon of building empire, so to speak, and the paranoia that comes with being so big.  A self-described “control-freak,” Mayer opens up about how time off and song writing allow him to lose himself in the process and churn out such personal, yet universal songs.  Hear him play from Born and Raised on today’s episode of World Cafe.


Recent Release: Born and Raised
Label: Columbia/Sony Music
Release Date: May 22, 2012

John Mayer /  QUEEN OF CALIFORNIA   / Born And Raised 01:29
John Mayer / Shadow Days    / Born And Raised 03:49
John Mayer / BORN AND RAISED   / Born And Raised 02:43