They are contemporary rock band that started its activity in the late 90’s. The group originally started under the name Kara’s Flowers, and was formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Adam Levine, keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, bass guitarist Mickey Madden, and drummer Ryan Dusick. The garage band Kara’s Flowers didn’t go a long way, soon after releasing their first album The Fourth World, the group re-formed with guitarist James Valentine and formed what is now the band.
After finishing high school, the four members left L.A. and went to college. That, according to their confessions, was a big test for them, and even though they did not excel academically, living in dorms, introduced the boys to a variety of music styles, styles that would eventually influence the future Maroon 5 sound. After less than two years, the four members returned to California and began playing as a band again. To round-up the group, they had to make a few changes; this is how James Valentine was brought on board in 2001. To mark their fresh beginning, the 5 members changed their name into Maroon, eventually settling on Maroon 5.
The first album was recorded in 2002 in the Octone Records studio. Levine and Valentine became the main song writers of the band, but the majority of the lyrics on their first album were written by Levine who had just gone through a difficult break up with his girlfriend. The given name of the disc was “Songs about Jane” and it brought the band popularity and international recognition.
“Songs about Jane” gained its fame through four hit singles: “This Love” that won Maroon 5 the MTV “Best New Artist” award and reached no.1 in VH1 and MTV ‘s Top 40; “She Will Be Loved” got the band a Grammy nomination for “Best Pop Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal”; the other two singles “Harder to Breathe” and “Sunday Morning”, reached Top 40 in the US, UK, and Australia.
The group have done over 200 live shows after releasing their first studio album and had been on the road for almost 3 years. During all this time, the members continued writing songs, but their relationship started being rusty.
Their success continued growing on the first album and in February 6, 2004, “Songs about Jane” went platinum, meaning it sold at least one million copies in the United States alone. Only a year later sales tripled, and the album was still climbing the charts, even though it had been released three years before. Fans kept discovering new hit singles on the record, and claimed the band more live performances all around the world. By that time it was already clear that the 5 boys from California stopped being a garage gig band. The biggest pay-off for their work and success were, by far, the two Grammy nominations, in 2005, for “Best New Artist” and for “Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” for “She Will Be Loved” both of which Maroon 5 actually won, to the surprise of many people and even to themselves.
Maroon 5 kept touring for the same album until 2006, which made percussionist and back-up vocalist Ryan Dusick suffer from the life on the road, which aggravated an old sports injury. A few absences from the tour followed until Dusick officially left the band in September 2006. Mat Flynn, the former drummer from The B-52’s joined Maroon 5 as his replacement. Meanwhile the members continued writing new songs and finally recorded their second album, which they described as “dirtied up” or “sexier and stronger”. The members explained to the press that they were ready to give up the soft-rock-pop, so that the public won’t have the same perception of them throughout time. The ideas was, in fact, to try out new styles, a new type of music, and they were willing to take a very big risk going forward with this transition.
Maroon 5 released “It Won’t Be Soon before Long” in May 2007.
The follow-up record gained inspiration from iconic 80′s artists such as Prince, Shabba Ranks, Michael Jackson and Talking Heads. The first new hit single “Makes Me Wonder” was a great success even before the actual release, it was the no.1 selling the single and video on iTunes; after the release, the single broke iTunes sales records in its week of release, selling over 101,000 albums. In March 2007, “Makes me Wonder” entered the Billboard chart as the lowest debuting their single, and within less than a month, the single skyrocketed straight to no.1 which was the biggest jump in Billboard history at the time.
The official tour began in September 29 in Detroit and concluded November 10 in Las Vegas, time in which The Hives followed them as special guests. Other artists like Sara Bareilles, Kevin Michael, and Phantom Planet accompanied the band in the “It Won’t Be Soon before Long” tour, but only performed for a short while. To prove their environmental care, Maroon 5 decided to donate one dollar for each ticket they sold at their concerts, in order to donate them to Global Cool, a nongovernmental organization.
2010 was the release year of Maroon 5’s third album, “Hands All Over” which, pushed the band towards its peak of success.
The album’s fame was won by the song “Train” and “I’ve got the moves like Jagger” featuring the well-known Christina Aguilera. In 2011, the band also recorded a song for The Hunger Games soundtrack called “Come Away” featuring Rozzi Crane. The soundtrack is set to be released on March 20th, 2012. A very big number of events took over the band’s activity among which, the band also performed live Foster the People and The Beach Boys the year of the album’s release.
the group’s music influence is given by many artists like Michael Jackson, Stevie wonder, The Police, Talking Heads, etc. Their style can get very guitar-heavy, often accompanied by piano or synthesizer, and the theme of the lyrics is mainly love but “Makes Me Wonder” has a secondary theme in which Levine expresses his frustration towards the American politics and the Iraq War, a new perspective for the Maroon 5 band, but fortunately it was a complete success.