A singer's tale

Oct 15, 2013, 23:17 IST | The Centrestage Team

John Mayer is an American songwriter, musician and Grammy award winner who celebrates his 36th birthday today. CS shares trivia on the singer

>> John is fluent in Japanese, as demonstrated in a red carpet interview.

>> His favourite condiment is A1 Sauce because you can put it on anything.

>> His first job was in a supermarket in Fairfield, Connecticut. Later he worked in a gas station.

>> The singer’s favourite foods are sushi, kobe beef and other Japanese food, as well as veal.

>> When he was 17, he was suddenly stricken with a cardiac problem that sent him to the hospital for a weekend. The trauma of the incident sparked his songwriting, and he penned his first lyrics the night he got home. Shortly thereafter, he began suffering from crippling panic attacks that only subsided when he was twenty-six. Even now, he keeps an anti-anxiety drug with him, just in case.

>> John began the Back to You Fund, a non-profit organisation that focuses on fundraising in the areas of health care, education, the arts, and talent development. The foundation raises funds through the auction of exclusive John Mayer items, such as guitar picks, T-shirts, and signed CDs made available on John’s auction site. 

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