Grammy winning musicians John Mayer and Keith Urban are both award-winning singers and songwriters, and now they share the distinction of being the first artists to make a return to CMT CROSSROADS in the newest episode of the CMT hit series. CMT CROSSROADS: John Mayer and Keith Urban taped before an invitation only audience in Nashville and premieres Friday, June 18 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.
Taking the stage in front of an energized crowd, the duo collaborates on Urban hits including "If Ever Could I Love", "'Til Summer Comes Around" and the up-tempo "Sweet Thing". Mayer brings well-known songs "Perfectly Lonely" and "Gravity" to the show, and the two conclude their performance with a cover of the ever-so-popular "Faith" by George Michael.
Keith Urban and John Mayer are no strangers to the CMT CROSSROADS stage. Urban and John Fogerty were featured in an episode that premiered in February 2005 and Mayer and Brad Paisley were featured in an episode that premiered in May 2004. The collaboration of Mayer and Urban will mark the first time artists will come back to the CMT CROSSROADS stage since the series' launch in January of 2002.
The consistency with which John Mayer combines word craft and melody has earned him rarefied status in popular culture as an authentic, respected songwriter and musician. His fourth studio album, Battle Studies, was released in November 2009, debuted at #1, and serves as the impetus for the Battle Studies World Tour, which will begin in February 2010. The album was co-produced by John Mayer and Steve Jordan and released on Columbia Records. Since his acclaimed debut in 2001 with Room For Squares, each release has earned John Mayer additional accolades. Through 2003's Heavier Things, his work with John Mayer Trio in 2005, returning to the studio for CONTINUUM in 2006 and now, Battle Studies, John Mayer has established himself as a musician and collaborator who exceeds genre boundaries. The guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has earned seven Grammy Awards and sold in excess of 15 million albums worldwide. In May 2007, Time Magazine placed John Mayer on their Time 100 list of the most influential contemporary thinkers, leaders, artists and entertainers. For two consecutive years, Rolling Stone Magazine featured John Mayer on the cover of their annual "Guitar" issue - first with February 2007's "The New Guitar Gods" round-up and then in May 2008's "Living Guitar Legends" issue featuring Mayer with peers and icons alike.