John Mayer gave a performance almost two years in the making last Wednesday night, and it was all for a charitable cause.
The singer/songwriter took the stage at ‚??The Livingston Town Proper: A Concert to Benefit the Fighters of the Pine Creek Fire,‚?Ě a benefit held in downtown Bozeman, Mont., where Mayer recently purchased a home. The fundraiser brought in over $100,000. Monies raised will benefit firefighters and first responders who battled a blaze last summer that destroyed more than 8,500 acres of forest in and around Livingston.
Mayer performed four tracks, three off his last release ‚??Born and Raised‚?Ě and ‚??Who Says‚?Ě from the 2009 album ‚??Battle Studies.‚?Ě In the latter, he made a reference to girlfriend Katy Perry, who was reportedly in attendance.
The four song-set is Mayer‚??s first public performance since April of 2011, and one which has his label Columbia Records quite encouraged. In September ‚??11, Mayer announced on his blog that a granuloma was discovered on his vocal cord. The condition required both surgery and vocal rest, and delayed the release of ‚??Born and Raised‚?Ě from October of that year to the following May. However, in March, the granuloma returned, forcing Mayer to cancel the tour he had already announced. He underwent a second procedure and further vocal rest, completely ceasing to talk for an entire month.
A representative for Columbia said while Mayer did not contact it to organize the benefit, the label is fairly certain he did receive a green light from his doctor before proceeding. The rep went on to characterize Columbia‚??s oversight of the situation as a ‚??day-to-day‚?Ě process, and that there was no timeline in place for new tour dates or music for Mayer. However, the following day, the New Orleans Jazz Festival announced its line-up, with Mayer slotted to perform on April 26.
Last week marked a new chapter for ‚??American Idol.‚?Ě The singing competition debuted its new judging panel of Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Nicki Minaj to go along with veteran Randy Jackson. The season 12 premiere was set in New York.
The new season brings new stars, whether it is for 15 seconds or longer. The clock is now ticking on Christine ‚??Isabelle‚?Ě Pasqualone.
‚??I actually just tweeted, ‚??My phone needs a vacation, it‚??s about to explode,‚??‚?Ě Isabelle joked in a phone interview on ‚??The Ralphie Show.‚?Ě ‚??Family, friends, people I don‚??t even know‚?Ľ It‚??s just been really wonderful actually, and overwhelming.‚?Ě
Hopefully the Berklee School of Music graduate realizes that this ride is just getting started. After all, her audition floored the all-stars in front of her; Keith Urban gasped, ‚??Wow,‚?Ě while Mariah Carey was practically blushing.
‚??It‚??s a totally different experience when your idol is in the room,‚?Ě she stated. ‚??Mariah, for me, is just such a legend.‚?Ě
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