Feature: 'Soundstage' plans ahead

LOS ANGELES, June 7 (UPI) -- Even though broadcasters are lagging in their efforts to convert from analog to high-definition TV, producers of the PBS concert series "Soundstage" are shootin
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Stars line up for Sting salute

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Tony Bennett, Elton John and Dave Matthews top the list of artists participating in the Feb. 6 gala tribute to honor Sting as MusiCare's Person of the Year.

Music vets rule American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Veterans ruled the 31st American Music Awards, which ABC televised Sunday night from Los Angeles.

Rapper 50 Cent scores twice at AMAs

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Gritty rapper 50 Cent was a double award winner Sunday night during the 31st annual American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Spears, Timberlake on 'SNL'

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are scheduled to appear on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," in October, Billboard reported.

Analysis: Music awards and changing tastes

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The list of nominees for the 31st American Music Awards, announced Tuesday in Beverly Hills, illustrates the sometimes rapid rate of change in public taste in p
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Voodoo Fest set for Halloween

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- 50 Cent and Marilyn Manson will top the bill at the fifth annual Voodoo Festival in New Orleans Halloween weekend.

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Singer and pianist Shirley Horn was born this day in 1934 in Washington, D.C., which she still calls home. Her career gained recognition with endorsements in the early 1960s from Miles Davis, who insisted she open for his band at New York's Village Vangua
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

Steven Spielberg is No. 1 on Premiere magazine's 2003 Power List of the 100 most influential people in Hollywood.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International


Add actor Morgan Freeman to the long list of stars and personalities who have their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

List of Grammy winners

NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The following Grammy Awards were handed out Sunday at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony:

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

Bruce Springsteen and Eminem top the list of performers winning Grammy Award nominations Tuesday.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Springsteen, Eminem get Grammy nominations

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Controversial rapper Eminem, rock legend Bruce Springsteen, newcomer Norah Jones and teen pop star Avril Lavigne dominated major categories Tuesday in the annou
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Nominations for Record of the Year

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles," Eminem's "Without Me," Norah Jones' "Don't Know Why," Nelly Featuring Kelly Rowland's "Dilemma" and Nickelback's "How Yor
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International


DENNIS DAILY, United Press International
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John Mayer
John Mayer performs during a memorial service for music legend Michael Jackson, at Staples Center in Los Angeles on July 7, 2009. The "King of Pop" died in Los Angeles on June 25 at age 50. (UPI Photo Photo/Gabriel Bouys/Pool)

John Clayton Mayer ( /ˈmeɪ.ər/ may-ər; born October 16, 1977) is an American blues musician singer-songwriter, recording artist, and music producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He moved to Atlanta in 1997, where he refined his skills and gained a following, and he now lives in New York City. His first two studio albums, Room for Squares and Heavier Things, did well commercially, achieving multi-platinum status. In 2003, he won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Your Body Is a Wonderland."

Mayer began his career performing mainly acoustic rock, but gradually began a transition towards the blues genre in 2005 by collaborating with renowned blues artists such as B. B. King, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton, and by forming the John Mayer Trio. The blues influence can be heard on his album Continuum, released in September 2006. At the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2007 Mayer won Best Pop Vocal Album for Continuum and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Waiting on the World to Change". He released his fourth studio album, Battle Studies, in November 2009. He has sold over 10 million albums in the U.S. and 20 million albums worldwide.

John Clayton Mayer was born on October 16, 1977 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Margaret, an English teacher, and Richard, a high school principal. He grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut, the second of three children. His father is Jewish, and Mayer has said that he "relat to Judaism". He attended Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield although he was enrolled in the Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk for his junior year. (Then known as the Center for Japanese Studies Abroad, it is a magnet program for students wanting to learn Japanese.) During an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Mayer said that he had played the clarinet for a while in middle school, with minor success.

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