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Another place people rarely see is the Harpo greenroom, where Oprah's guests sit and await their moment on stage. Today, three-time Grammy award winner John Mayer gives us a sneak peek inside this exclusive locale.

What's John doing to prepare for his performance? Blogging, of course!

Fresh off the last stop of his world tour, John traveled all the way from Japan to visit The Oprah Show. This singer/songwriter has sold more than 8 million albums and topped the charts with hit songs like "Your Body is a Wonderland" and "Daughters." His CD, Continuum, went platinum in November 2006.

Growing up, John says he "had the blessing and the curse of knowing what I wanted to do when I was 13." An "invisible kid" in school, he couldn't wait to get home and play along to his musical heroes—Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, BB King, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

John says he even asked his parents—a principal and a teacher—if he could drop out of school to pursue music. He says now he's thankful they didn't let him. "You have to be careful as a successful person because success validates any of the stupid decisions you made in your life," John says.
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Published on November 15, 2006

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