Also Credited As:Adam Noah Levine
|Adam Noah Levine on March 18, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA|
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Adam Noah Levine was born on March 18, 1979 in Los Angeles. While attending Brentwood School, the future star began playing music influenced by grunge rock pioneers like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Together with his friends, guitarist Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden, and drummer Ryan Dusick, Levine formed the alternative rock group Kara's Flowers. A girl whom the band members had a collective crush on reportedly inspired the name. Kara's Flowers released its first album, The Fourth World in 1997, yet its lukewarm success on the charts forced the group to go on hiatus. Levine and Carmichael left Los Angeles and attended Five Town College, a music and performing arts school in Long Island, NY. Living in Manhattan exposed the Southern California native to an entirely different music scene, where he was inspired by other genres such as hip-hop and R&B. Levine later admitted that living in New York had a profound impact on his entire musical point of view, from his songwriting to his high-pitched, expressive style of singing.
Levine and Carmichael returned to Los Angeles in 2000 and reunited with the other members of Kara's Flowers. They added a new member, guitarist James Valentine, and moved Carmichael to keyboards. With a new lineup, the band signed with Octone Records and changed its name to Maroon 5. Levine had just come out of a failed relationship with a woman named Jane as Maroon 5 was about to begin recording, so a majority of the songs he wrote were inspired by the breakup. They released their debut album, Songs About Jane in 2002, which slowly crept up the charts for the next two years. It was not until commercial radio and MTV picked up the lead single "Harder to Breathe" that Maroon 5 gained more mainstream buzz. The song's music video also introduced the world to Maroon 5's front man, who appeared in the clip locked in a sexy embrace with his then-girlfriend. Songs About Jane peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 200 and spawned more hit singles, including "The Love," "She Will Be Loved," and "Sunday Morning." Maroon 5 toured extensively in support of its debut album, including concert dates all over the world. In 2005, acclaimed filmmaker George Lucas selected the band to perform at his American Film Institute tribute because they were his children's favorite band at the time. That same year, Maroon 5 earned its first ever Grammy Award, winning the Best New Artist category.
Maroon 5's sophomore album It Won't Be Soon Before Long debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 in 2007. The catchy lead single "Makes Me Wonder" showcased Levine's soulful vocals and witty songwriting. The album also drew comparisons to the music of Talking Heads and Prince for blending rock, jazz, electronic, and R&B sounds. Maroon 5 collaborated with outspoken and eclectic rapper Kanye West for the track "Nothing Lasts Forever." The group added another Grammy to its growing collection with a Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the song "Makes Me Wonder." With his well-coifed hair, tattoos, and Cheshire cat grin, Levine's rock star appeal caught the eye of millions of women, including a few celebrities. During the peak of Maroon 5's success, Levine was reportedly linked to everyone from Oscar-winner Natalie Portman, to actress Cameron Diaz, to singer-turned-shoe designer Jessica Simpson. In 2010, Levine began dating Russian supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna, who co-starred with him in Maroon 5's music video for "Misery" (2010). That year also saw the release of the band's third album Hands All Over, which debuted at No. 2 on the charts. The singer went "au naturel" for his adoring fans when he posed nude in Cosmopolitan UK. The racy shot featured a naked Levine, with only Vyalitsyna's hands covering his privates, to promote awareness for prostate and testicular cancers. Levine's talent and rock star appeal made him a fitting choice to mentor aspiring singers on the reality competition series, "The Voice," along with fellow celebrity judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton. The show premiered in April 2011 based on the premise that relevant artists could discover the next great music star, sight unseen, initially.