Maroon 5

1994-
Adam LevineVocals, guitar
Jesse CarmichaelGuitar, keyboards
Mickey MaddenBass1994-2020
James ValentineGuitar, vocals2001-
Matt FlynnDrums2006-
PJ Morton Keyboards2012-
Sam FarrarMulti instrumentalist2016-

Maroon 5 Artistfacts

  • Maroon 5 began in 1994 while members Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, and Mickey Madden were still in high school. The band's original name was Kara's Flowers and they played garage/grunge music. Their first gig was at Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood in September 1995. They scored a deal as Kara's Flowers with Reprise Records but was dropped after only 6 months. The band's album The Fourth World came out in 1997 but was a massive failure, only selling 5,000 copies. The poor sales numbers were discouraging and nearly caused the band to breakup in 1998.
  • Maroon 5's debut album Songs About Jane became a sleeper hit in 2002. Five songs from the record were released as singles which helped it become the seventh best-selling album of 2002, with sales of 2.7 million copies. Vocalist and lyricist Adam Levine did make up with the album's muse and by 2007 he was referring to Jane as a "close friend."
  • Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine has Jewish ancestry on both sides of his family. In an interview with London newspaper The Jewish Chronicle, Levine explained that while he considers himself a Jew, he does not practice traditional Judaism but favors a "more generalized spiritual way of life."
  • In 1997, Maroon 5 (then known as Kara's Flowers) appeared on an episode of the TV show Beverly Hills 90210. Kara's Flowers released a single called "Soap Disco" the same year but it failed to gain any commercial success.
  • After moving to New York, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine got a job working at the fast food chain Johnny Rockets. He quit after only two weeks and also dropped out of college to continue pursuing music.
  • Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine is known for collaborating with other pop artists. He has worked with Yin Yang Twins, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, and Gym Class Heroes, among others.
  • In 2008, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine teamed up with guitar company First Act to create the First Act 222 model. The axe was designed with Levine's specifications in mind and was made available for purchase at Target stores.
  • Adam Levine was chosen by People Magazine as its "sexiest man alive" for 2013. The Maroon 5 frontman beat such hunks as Chris Pine, Idris Elba and David Beckham to be picked for the American publication's annual honor.
  • Levine has known Jake Gyllenhaal since kindergarten. In 2007, he appeared with the actor in a Saturday Night Live Digital Short called Iran So Far.
  • Levine made the winning shot of his local YMCA championship basketball at the age of six and he his love for the sport has continued ever since. "And if that shot had bounced off the rim all those years ago? Who knows," he told MSN, "Maybe today I'd be a serial killer or something."
  • Adam Levine worked as writer's assistant for the TV show Judging Amy before Maroon 5 hit it big. The show's producer Barbara Hall was a family friend.
  • Adam Levine is a self-proclaimed car nut. He drove for a time a 1971 Mercedes 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet, which he swapped in December 2011 for a vintage Porsche convertible.
  • Asked by David Letterman about the origins of their Maroon 5 moniker during an appearance on The Late Show, Adam Levine replied: "I'll tell you the truth: I won't tell you where the name came from. It was my idea never to tell anybody."

    "Can I give you some truth?," he added. "The origin of the name is so bad and such a terrible story that we decided that shrouding it in mystery will make it a better story than the actual story... it works!"
  • Adam Levine is ambidextrous. He writes with his left hand he prefers his right hand for most other tasks such as playing the guitar.
  • Maroon 5 was banned from China after keyboardist Jesse Carmichael wished the Dalai Lama of Tibet a happy birthday on Twitter.
  • Keyboardist PJ Morton was raised in the church. His father is gospel singer and founder of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, Bishop Paul S. Morton and his mother, Dr. Debra Brown Morton, is pastor of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church. PJ Morton has written for such gospel artists as Fred Hammond and Heather Headley, and in 2020 he released his first-ever gospel full-length album, Gospel According to PJ.
  • Morton has won two Grammy Awards. In 2019 he was awarded Best Traditional R&B Performance for his cover of The Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love" and in 2020 he won Best R&B song for his duet with JoJo, "Say So."

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