John Mayer leaves Columbia Records after 21 years

"Hard as it is to say goodbye, I'm excited to pursue new avenues of making music"

John Mayer has announced that he’s leaving Columbia Records after 21 years, and that he’s looking forward to exploring “new avenues of making music”.

The singer-songwriter took to Instagram yesterday (March 4) to share the news with his fans.

“After 21 years, eight studio albums, and some wonderful personal and creative relationships, I have decided not to renew my recording agreement with Columbia Records,” he began.


“Hard as it is to say goodbye, I’m excited to pursue new avenues of making music, both of [sic] my own and with other artists.”

“I love music more than ever, and I believe some of my best work still lies ahead,” he continued, before signing off: “With gratitude and enthusiasm, John.”

During his time with Columbia, Mayer released eight albums including: ‘Room For Squares’ (2001), ‘Heavier Things’ (2003), ‘Continuum’ (2006), ‘Battle Studies’ (2009), ‘Born And Raised’ (2012), ‘Paradise Valley’ (2013), and ‘The Search For Everything’ (2017).

His final album on Columbia was last year’s ‘Sob Rock’. In a four-star review of Mayer’s eighth LP, NME‘s Will Lavin wrote: “Mayer’s willingness to poke fun at himself lends itself perfectly to the satirical foundation of ‘Sob Rock’. It is by all means a stimulating body of work with ample substance, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

“Less focused on his innate individuality, it’s a John Mayer passion project that toasts to the good old days, when musicians were more inclined to follow instincts and feelings than clicks and likes.”


Meanwhile, John Mayer recently tested positive for COVID-19 for a second time, leading to four shows on his ‘Sob Rock’ tour being pushed back to May.

The guitarist shared his diagnosis on February 25, confirming that alongside himself, several members in his band also wound up with the virus.

The diagnosis came just days after Mayer’s touring drummer tested positive, with Questlove stepping in to fill his role at the band’s New York City gig.

Mayer first tested positive for COVID-19 in January, just a day before he was set to pay Dead & Company‘s ‘Playing In The Sand’ festival in Mexico.

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