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It's 'Heavy' In Here

JohnWhen John Mayer accepted the Grammy Award for best male pop vocal performance in February, besting such veteran singer/songwriters as Sting and James Taylor, he declared, "This is very, very fast and I promise to catch up." He moves one step closer to fulfilling that promise with "Heavier Things," due this week on Aware/Columbia.

"I'd say 'Heavier Things' is catching up to the kind of attention I'd gotten from making [Aware/Columbia debut] 'Room for Squares,'" Mayer says. "When something takes off like that, it becomes your calling card for your life, but it's just one piece from one period of my life. Let's just think of that album as 12 songs; with my opportunity to make another 10, I think it's going to equalize everything out a little."

With "Heavier Things," lyrics are designed to tackle emotional issues in an unfiltered way, despite Mayer's rising fame. "I tend to write confessionally," he says. "What would be most detrimental would be for me to change the way I write. I'll continue to write from the heart and then figure out how to deal with [the personal questions] when I talk to radio DJs."

Mayer will be featured in with a segment on ABC's "Prime Time" Sept. 18, followed by performances on the season opener of "Saturday Night Live" Oct. 4 and appearances on "Last Call With Carson Daly," "The Tonight Show," "The Late, Late Show With Craig Kilborn," "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and "Austin City Limits" between late October and the end of the year.