|Date of Birth
||16 October 1977,
|Place of Birth
||Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
After playing the guitar for several years, Mayer enrolled in the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, at the age of nineteen. After two semesters, he chose to cut his studies short in favor of a move to Atlanta, Georgia at the urging of his college friend and Atlanta native, Clay Cook. Cook's insistence proved successful, as the the two began their career in earnest there, quickly making a name for their two-man band, LoFi Masters. They frequented the local coffee house and club circuit in venues like Eddie's Attic. Cook has said that the two were expressing musical differences, as Mayer wanted to take the duo to more of a pop direction. The two parted ways and Mayer began his solo career.
With the help of local producer and engineer Glenn Matullo, Mayer recorded the independent EP Inside Wants Out. Cook is also cited as the co-writer of many of the songs from the EP, most notably, Mayer's first commercial single release "No Such Thing." The EP includes only eight songs, all with Mayer on vocals and guitars. On the first track, "Back To You", a full band was enlisted, including the EP's co-producer David "DeLa" LaBruyere on bass guitars. Mayer and LaBruyere then began to tour throughout Georgia and the surrounding states.