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John Mayer has canceled his upcoming shows and delayed his next album after being diagnosed with a serious throat condition known as granumola. The singer-songwriter, best known for his smooth voice, impressive guitar skills and (of course) extensive dating history, revealed the condition in a post on his official blog Friday.
While Mayer did not go into the severity of his situation directly, he did say that the condition is something his doctors have been monitoring for a while and is serious enough for him to scratch all plans to perform in the foreseeable future.
"After several months of going week to week monitoring and hoping to correct the condition, I am forced to cancel my upcoming singing engagements due to something next to my vocal cords called a granuloma," Mayer wrote. (Granuloma are localized nodular inflammations that are found in tissues and can vary in severity.)
Among those engagements the "Your Body Is A Wonderland" singer has nixed are his gig at the upcoming iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas this weekend, as well as his appearance with Tony Bennett in Los Angeles on Sept. 24. He also has been forced to push back the release date of his next album, Born and Raised, due to the ailment.
"Born and Raised is complete as far as music recording, song selection, and in some cases mixing, but because of this condition I couldn't finish singing on several of the tracks," Mayer revealed. "This means the record will be released next year instead of this fall or winter." Mayer had been testing out the new material at concerts around the country over the past year.
Despite the condition, Mayer seems optimistic about his recovery and his return to the music scene. "This is a temporary setback, though I'm not sure how long or short a period of time it will be," Mayer wrote. "I've got the best doctors in the country looking after me and I will be singing and touring again as soon as I get the all clear."
And he doesn't plan to stay idle during his downtime. "Until then I'll be spending time writing and composing more music and kicking an empty soup can around the West Village," he wrote. "I'm looking forward to seeing you again soon. Until then take good care."