To be recipient of the Hal David Starlight Award.

John Mayer will be the recipient of the Hal David Starlight Award at the 2006 Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards. The award honors gifted songwriters in the early years of their careers whose original songs are making a significant impact in the music industry.

“John Mayer is one of the brightest musical talents to emerge in the new millennium and well deserving of the Starlight Award," says Hal David, chairman/CEO of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. "Not only is he a songwriter with a unique vision, but a virtuoso guitarist and expressive singer, as well. John is very much of his time but, to his great credit, he’s also possessed of a healthy respect for the performers and music creators who have preceded him.”

Singer/songwriter/guitarist John Mayer’s 2002 album, "Room for Squares," included such hits as “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” “Why Georgia” and “No Such Thing.” Mayer’s next studio effort, "Heavier Things" in 2004, included the Grammy-winning song of the year, “Daughters.”

Mayer recorded his most recent album "TRY!" as part of a trio with Pino Palladino and Steve Jordan. His next studio album is slated for release in August.

Mayer joins the company of Rob Thomas and Alicia Keys, who are past recipients of the Hal David Starlight Award. Hall of Fame inductees this year are Thom Bell, Mac Davis, Will Jennings, Sylvia Moy and Henry Cosby. The Johnny Mercer Award will be given to Kris Kristofferson. Other honorees are expected to be announced soon.

The Songwriters' Hall of Fame Awards Dinner will be held on June 15 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.