During this time, Aware concluded a deal with Columbia Records that gave Columbia first pick in signing Aware artists.By the end of 2002, Room for Squares had spawned several radio hits, including "No Such Thing", "Your Body Is a Wonderland", and ultimately, "Why Georgia".By 2005, Mayer had moved away from the acoustic music that characterized his early records, and begun performing the blues and rock music that had originally influenced him as a musician. That album was followed by Battle Studies in 2009, a return to pop, with a Battle Studies World Tour.
In that vein, two of the tracks from his Trio release Try!
It also received general praise critically, and Mayer drew comparisons to Dave Matthews.
In February 2003, Mayer released a live CD and DVD of a concert in Birmingham, Alabama titled Any Given Thursday, which included songs previously not recorded, such as "Man on the Side", "Something's Missing", and Covered in Rain".
After their split, Mayer continued to play local clubs, refining his skills and gaining a following.
After his appearance at the 2001 South by Southwest Festival, he was signed to Aware Records, and then Columbia Records, which released his first EP, Inside Wants Out.