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Name: Jesse Carmichael  
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Date of Birth: 2nd April 1979
Place of Birth: Boulder, Colorado, USA
Profession: Composer
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The members of Maroon 5 (from left to right): Jesse, Ryan, Adam, James and Mickey.

Maroon 5 is a Grammy Award-winning pop band from Los Angeles, California, and has won several awards for their debut album Songs about Jane. Released in June 2002, Songs about Jane has enjoyed major chart success, going Gold, Platinum, and Triple Platinum in many countries around the world. Even their follow-up acoustic album 1.22.03.Acoustic, which features live, unplugged versions of Songs about Jane, has reached Platinum.

Maroon 5 has constantly been on tour since they formed in 2000, performing with the likes of John Mayer, Michelle Branch, Jasmine Trias, Gavin DeGraw, Phantom Planet, The Like, Jason Mraz, The Thrills and The Donnas. They will be also be touring with The Rolling Stones in August 2005.


  • Adam Levine (vocals/guitar)
  • Jesse Carmichael (keyboards)
  • Mickey Madden (bass)
  • Ryan Dusick (drums)
  • James Valentine (guitar)

Kara's Flowers

Four members of Maroon 5 have known each other since attending junior high school together in Los Angeles. While attending Brentwood High School Adam Levine (vocals/guitar), Jesse Carmichael (guitar), Mickey Madden (bass) and Ryan Dusick (drums) formed Kara's Flowers, a garage/grunge band that played its first gig at the Whisky A Go-Go on September 16, 1995. (Adam Levine sang with a deeper "grunge" voice at this time.)

The band signed with Reprise Records while still in high school and released its only album The Fourth World in the middle of 1997 just as three of the four members were about to graduate (Ryan Dusick was completing his sophmore year at UCLA). A video for the opening track "Soap Disco" was shot but didn't find success on MTV. Despite support slots on tours with Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger, the album failed to take off commercially and in 1999 the band parted company with Reprise Records (Due to the later popularity of Maroon 5, more copies of The Fourth World were sold after Songs about Jane was released than during the years prior).

After being released from Reprise Records, the four boys attended different colleges across the USA. They discovered new musical styles and developed a love for Motown, Pop, R&B, Soul, and Gospel - experiences that would greatly influence the style and sound of Maroon 5. The four original members of Kara's Flowers remained in touch and started playing together again in 2001. Jesse Carmichael switched from guitar to keyboards and a need arose for an additional guitarist. James Valentine, formerly with the band Square, joined them to fill that void.

Maroon 5

When guitarist James Valentine joined Kara's Flowers in 2001 the band adopted the name Maroon, changing it a few months later to Maroon 5 due to a name conflict. The band played show case gigs in New York City and Los Angeles. Adam Levine credited the interregnum for influencing the band's new style in an interview with VH1. "During the time between our record deals, I spent a lot of time in New York where I was exposed to an urban and hip-hop culture in a way that had never happened to me in L.A. It turned me on to an entirely new genre of music which has had a profound impact on my song writing." The band signed with Octone Records, a New York independent label with distribution through BMG and an artist development deal with Clive Davis' J Records.

May 13th the band wrapped up the Honda Civic Tour, which they headlined, in Santa Barbara, California.

Album cover of Songs about Jane (2002)

Songs about Jane

The band recorded Songs about Jane at Rumbo Recorders in Los Angeles with producer Matt Wallace, who had also produced for Train, Blues Traveler, Kyle Riabko and Third Eye Blind. After the release of the album in mid-2002, the band toured with Michelle Branch, Jasmine Trias and Nikka Costa. In early summer 2003, they toured with Graham Colton, John Mayer and Counting Crows. In August 2005, the band toured with The Rolling Stones.

Most of the material that wound up on Maroon 5's debut album was directly inspired by Levine's tumultuous relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Jane; "We were breaking up as the band entered the studio," he explains. "After compiling a song list, we decided to name the album Songs about Jane because it felt like the most honest statement we could make with the title."

The first single "Harder to Breathe" slowly started to pick up airplay which helped spur sales of the album. By March 2004, the album had reached the top 20 of the Billboard 200 and "Harder to Breathe" had made the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts. The album peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200 in August 2004, 26 months after its release; this was the longest period between an album's release and its initial Top 10 appearance since SoundScan results were included in the Billboard 200 in 1991. Songs about Jane had also eventually made the top 10 Australian albums charts while "Harder to Breathe" had made the top 20 singles charts in the UK, and top 40 in Australia and New Zealand. The album also eventually climbed to number 1 in the UK and Australia. The second single "This Love" had also made the US and Australian top 10 and even UK and Dutch top 3 singles charts. The third single, "She Will Be Loved", reached the top 5 in both the UK and the US, and went to number 1 in Australia. The fourth single, "Sunday Morning", also reached the top 40 in the US, UK and Australia.

The group won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2005, and Songs about Jane has gone Gold, Platinum, and Triple Platinum (see RIAA certification) in different countries around the English-speaking world.

"This Love" video

The music video for "This Love" featured lead singer Adam Levine and his then real-life girlfriend model Kelly McGee in some steamy sex scenes. The video used creative camera angles to show as much as possible without actually revealing any of the couple's private parts, thereby avoiding possible FCC action. A version of the video where a stream of computer-generated flowers cover up more, however, was made for more conservative markets such as some parts of Latin America.

More steamy scenes appeared in the video for "She Will Be Loved", which featured a dangerous love triangle and some hot kisses between Adam Levine and the very sultry Kelly Preston.

Band trivia

  • The name of the band is based on Yellow 5, also known as Yellow Number Five, a fictional band (although Yellow No. 5 is also the name of a genuine band) which is best known for sharing their website with the web comic, Pokey the Penguin. The band members have not revealed the reason for the choice of the colour, maroon.
  • Tourmates include John Mayer, Michelle Branch, Gavin DeGraw, Marc Broussard, Phantom Planet, The Like, Jason Mraz, The Thrills and The Donnas.
  • The band will be touring with The Rolling Stones in 2005.
  • They've participated in (and lost) MTV's Staremaster against fellow band and friends, Phantom Planet.
  • The day that they celebrated their 10th year anniversary as a band (February 6, 2004), was the same day that Songs about Jane went Platinum.
  • The band does not like the cover-art of their CD.
  • Actor Jake Gyllenhaal told teen magazine Teen People that he attended high school with the first four members of the band.



  • Songs about Jane (2002) (#6 US (4x Platinum), #1 UK, #1 AUS (5x Platinum))
  • 1.22.03.Acoustic (2004) (#42 US (Platinum))
  • Live - Friday The 13th (2005) (#61 US)


From Songs about Jane:

  • 2003 "Harder to Breathe" (#18 US, #13 UK (2004 release), #37 AUS) (Gold)
  • 2004 "This Love" (#5 US, #3 UK, #8 AUS) (3x Platinum)
  • 2004 "She Will Be Loved" (#5 US, #4 UK, #1 AUS) (2x Platinum)
  • 2004 "Sunday Morning" (#31 US, #27 UK (2005 release), #27 AUS (2005 release)) (Gold)
  • 2005 "Must Get Out" (#39 UK)

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