Booking Agent Adam Levine
Maroon 5 lead vocalist and guitarist Adam Levine was born on March 18, 1979, in Los Angeles, CA. He began playing music with junior-high friends guitarist Jesse Carmichael and bassist Mickey Madden under the influence of groups like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and after the final 1994 addition of Ryan Dusick on drums, the alternative rock band Kara’s Flowers were born. The quartet scored a record deal with Reprise, released a mediocre album, and was released from its contract all in a matter of years.
Following the termination of its deal, the band went on hiatus and Levine headed to New York with Carmichael to attend Five Towns College on Long Island. While there, he was exposed to a whole new music scene and absorbed new influences like hip-hop, soul, gospel, and R&B that changed Levine’s whole perspective on songwriting, even altering the way in which he sang. Levine dropped out of school after a semester and headed back to California rejuvenated and inspired to add a new groove-based element to their band’s rock template.
Hooking back up with the rest of the Kara’s Flowers guys, Levine began writing a bunch of songs that were directly inspired by his recently failed relationship and moved his guitarist to keys while bringing in a new guitarist. The newly christened Maroon 5 were officially up and running; their debut album, the aptly titled Songs About Jane, was soon completed. Released in June 2002, the album sold steadily over the next couple of years and was certified platinum by 2004. Maroon 5 scored several hit singles, won two Grammy Awards, and toured constantly in support.
In 2012, Maroon 5 released Overexposed, which quickly reinforced the group’s status as a powerhouse in popular music with all of the collection’s singles rising to the top of the charts. The third single off of the album, “Daylight,” claimed the # 1 spot on both Top 40 and Hot AC radio charts. In the process, the band set a record for the most #1’s (six in total) by a group in the Top 40 chart’s 20-year history. In support of the album, Maroon 5 wrapped one of the year’s highest grossing tours, with over 50 million dollars in ticket sales.
Maroon 5’s latest album V debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 and is a sonic summation of the group’s journey to date – capturing the essence of the earliest Maroon 5 hits through to their most recent successes, as well as providing a picture of its artistic growth in the future. The album’s debut single “Maps,” set a record for the highest debut by a group on TOP 40 radio charts in 18 years and has earned a top 100 spot in 18 countries. In support of V, the band will embark on The Maroon 5 World Tour 2015, taking them to 37 cities worldwide.
Sourced by MTV.com and Maroon5.com
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