However, the discovery of a granuloma on his vocal cords delayed the release of the album until May 2012, and forced him to cancel the planned tour.The album received a generally favorable reception, though was less commercially successful than his previous work.On February 9, 2009, Mayer told Ellen De Generes that he thought he should not have won the Grammy for Song of the year because he thought that Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You" was the better song.
By the end of 2002, Room for Squares had spawned several radio hits, including "No Such Thing", "Your Body Is a Wonderland", and ultimately, "Why Georgia".
Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook.
Together, they formed a short-lived two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters.
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. His 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".
In the spring of 2005, Mayer formed the John Mayer Trio with bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan, both of whom he had met through studio sessions. In October 2005 they opened for the Rolling Stones Mayer's third studio album, titled Continuum, was released on September 12, 2006, produced by Mayer and Steve Jordan.