Mayer suggested the album was intended to combine blues and pop.In that vein, two of the tracks from his Trio release Try!By 2005, Mayer had moved away from the acoustic music that characterized his early records, and begun performing the blues and rock music that had originally influenced him as a musician. That album was followed by Battle Studies in 2009, a return to pop, with a Battle Studies World Tour.After having several controversial incidents with the media, Mayer withdrew from public life in 2010 and began work on his fifth studio album, Born and Raised, which drew inspiration from the 1970s pop music of Laurel Canyon.
The song "Daughters" won the 2005 Grammy for Song of the Year, He also won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
For the opening track, "Back To You", a full band was enlisted, including the EP's co-producer David "De La" La Bruyere on bass guitars.
After including him in Aware Festival concerts and his songs on Aware compilations, in early 2001, Aware released Mayer's internet-only album titled, Room for Squares.
It also received general praise critically, and Mayer drew comparisons to Dave Matthews.
In February 2003, Mayer released a live CD and DVD of a concert in Birmingham, Alabama titled Any Given Thursday, which included songs previously not recorded, such as "Man on the Side", "Something's Missing", and Covered in Rain".
On February 9, 2009, Mayer told Ellen De Generes that he thought he should not have won the Grammy for Song of the year because he thought that Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You" was the better song.