John Mayer High School:
|Fairfield High School, Fairfield, Connecticut, Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk, Connecticut (1995).|
John Mayer College:
|Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts (dropped out).|
John Mayer was raised in Connecticut by a high school principal dad and a teacher mom. As a teenager, he took guitar lessons after being inspired by Michael J. Fox's performance in Back to the Future, and he was hooked off the bat. Even while he attended Fairfield High School and then, in his junior year, the Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School, the aspiring musician played at blues bars and had a band. Mayer attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston at age 19, but left after a year to form a two-man band in Atlanta, Georgia. It turned out that Mayer made the right decision about his education, apparently, because he recorded an album shortly thereafter, and in 2001 Columbia Records signed him for his second, internet-only album. John Mayer is now a highly successful singer-songwriter who has won seven Grammy Awards and worldwide fame.