The rise of Maroon 5 - From Teenage Passion to the Top Pop Rock Band
Bandmates Adam Levine (vocals/guitar), Jesse Carmichael (keyboards), Mickey Madden (bass), and Ryan Dusick (drums) met at Brentwood High School in Los Angeles, California in the 90’s. That is where they came up with the idea of forming a band named Kara's Flowers.
While still attending school they made their first performance at West Hollywood's Whisky A Go-Go on September 16, 1995. They were noticed and thought they had it made when releasing a debut album for Reprise Records. Unfortunately, the record flopped selling only 5000 copies and Kara's Flowers found themselves dropped from Reprise's roster.
The quartet was disappointed and decided to abandon their dreams and to leave Reprise in 1999, so as concentrate on getting an education. Ryan and Mickey chose to study at UCLA while Adam and Jesse entered Five Towns College in Long Island, New York.
In New York, Adam became attracted to other music genres. "We were living at a predominately African-American school, and Jesse and I fell in love with R&B, soul and hip-hop," he recalled. "The halls would be blasting gospel music, and people would be listening to stuff that we'd never actually listened to, like Biggie Smalls, Missy Elliott and Jay-Z."
Inevitably Adam and Jesse decided to give up their study, and return to the call of music. They went back to L.A. where they reunited with Mickey and Ryan.
While attending briefly college they decided they needed a new direction and name. Their musical tastes, interests and identities had evolved. At one of their shows in 2001, they met James Burgon Valentine who was the guitarist of a band called Square.
Extremely impressed by James' talent, James joined them after a lot of convincing and they began to embrace a more R&B-influenced sound.
They became Maroon 5.
Maroon 5 gained notice from some music labels, including Octone Records. This New York City-based independent label signed the band in a joint venture deal with J Records in 2001. "Songs About Jane", first gained number 102 on the Billboard 200 Album chart, then climbed wonderfully to the 6th rank in 2004. The band continued to become increasingly popular when their two songs, "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved" attained the 5th position of the Billboard Hot 100.
Several years later, the quintet had officially risen to the forefront of pop music with “ Songs About Jane” and “ It Won't Be Soon Before Long”, both of which went multi-platinum.
"Harder to Breathe" became a radio staple 17 months later and was soon followed by the omnipresent "This Love," whose sexy video (featuring frontman Levine and a barely clothed girlfriend) seduced MTV crowds. “Songs About Jane” finally entered the Billboard Top Ten in August 2004, more than two years after the album's release, and follow-up singles like "She Will Be Loved" and "Sunday Morning" helped the album move over 2.7 million copies by year's end.
Released in late 2008, Call and Response: The Remix Album reinterpreted the band's catalog with remixes by influential producers like Mary J. Blige, Mark Ronson, and Pharrell Williams.
Between 2008 and 2010, the band worked with a different producer and their music received a big boost when Levine began appearing as a judge on the NBC reality television talent competition The Voice.
September 2014, V debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and produced several Top Ten singles including "Maps," "Animals," and "Sugar." Two more singles followed in 2015 with "This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like a Motherf*****" and "Feelings." Also in 2015, Maroon 5 released their first hits collection, The Singles. The single "Don't Wanna Know," featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar, appeared in 2016. The single, "Cold," featuring Future, was released in early 2017, with "What Lovers Do" appearing before the November release of Red Pill Blues. In 2018 the band issued a remix of Red Pill Blues' "Girls You Like," featuring an appearance by Cardi B, which wound up being their first single to reach number one on the Billboard charts since 2012's "One More Night."
In September 2018, Maroon 5 was selected to headline the Superbowl LIII halftime show on February 3, 2019. From high school to fame. A well known story that one always loves witnessing. Check out the Maroon 5 tour schedule. Maroon 5 concert dates are all here and Maroon 5 concerts are the best event you can attend.