Early Days and Formation of Kara's Flowers:
Future Maroon 5 members Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick all went to high school together in west Los Angeles. They put together a band called Kara's Flowers and played their first public show at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in 1995. Their grunge style caught the attention of Reprise Records, and, despite production from Green Day producer Rob Cavallo, the album The Fourth World was a commercial flop. All 4 members headed to various colleges across the country.
Evolution Into Maroon 5:
Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael headed to the State University of New York. There the pair were exposed to a wider range of music, particularly R&B and hip-hop. Upon returning to Los Angeles, they re-connected with the other former group members, added guitarist James Valentine, and selected a new group name, Maroon 5. The band quickly generated label interest and signed with the independent Octone Records who had a distribution deal with BMG.
Maroon 5 Members:
- Adam Levine - Vocals and Guitar
- James Valentine - Guitar
- Jesse Carmichael - Keyboards
- Mickey Madden - Bass
- Matt Flynn - Drums
'Songs About Jane':
Maroon 5 headed into the studio with Matt Wallace, veteran of work with the Replacements and Faith No More, producing. The result was the album Songs About Jane first released in June 2002. A great deal of the music on the album was inspired by Adam Levine's rough relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Jane. The album was not an instant commercial success, but constant touring generated eventual radio support. Songs About Jane peaked at #6 on the album chart in August 2004, over two years after initial release.
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Maroon 5 Videos:
Maroon 5's videos for the top 10 hits "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved" generated a bit of controversy due to their erotic content. "This Love" was briefly banned by MTV. Watch the best of the band's music videos below.
Awards and Recognition for Maroon 5:
Songs About Jane ultimately sold over 4,000,000 copies in the US and over 8,000,000 worldwide. The singles "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved" both reached the pop top 10.
In early 2005, Maroon 5 took home the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. They followed this with a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for a live recording of "This Love." In 2007, Maroon 5 took home another Grammy Award winning Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for a second year in a row, this time for the single "Makes Me Wonder."
Quote From Maroon 5 Member Adam Levine:
Referring to his college experience, quoted from the Maroon 5 official site:
"The halls were blasting gospel music and people were listening to stuff we'd never actually listened to, like Biggie Smalls, Missy Elliot and Jay-Z. The Aaliyah record had come out around then, and we were just blown away."
'It Won't Be Soon Before Long':
The much-awaited second album by Maroon 5, titled It Won't Be Soon Before Long, was released May 22, 2007. It featured new drummer Matt Flynn, who replaced founding member Ryan Dusick in September 2006. The band said that the album was "sexier, stronger," and "lyrically darker" than Songs About Jane. The first single "Makes Me Wonder" hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album opened at #1 on the charts selling over 400,000 copies in its first week. It was ultimately certified double platinum. The second single "Wake Up Call" also reached the pop top 20.
'Hands All Over':
Maroon 5 headed to Switzerland in 2009 to record their third studio album, Hands All Over, with producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who is responsible for seminal albums by the Cars, Def Leppard, his ex-wife Shania Twain, and many others. While it was a critical success, Hands All Over was a commercial disappointment. It only reached #2 on the album chart and failed to generate a top 10 pop single. However, the band wasn't down for long. Following the surprise success of the TV show The Voice with Adam Levine as a mentor, the band recorded the single "Moves Like Jagger" with Christina Aguilera and it became the biggest hit of their career.