As the front man of Grammy Award-winning recording artist Maroon 5, Adam Levine has left an indelible mark on popular music. The primary songwriter for the band and a guitar player, Levine's talents give Maroon 5 its signature sound. His heartfelt ballads and pop anthems have become part of the fabric of today's pop music scene.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Levine first connected with Maroon 5 members Jesse Carmichael and Mickey Madden while attending Brentwood School in Los Angeles. The band has since gone on to have massive critical and commercial success.
Capturing their first of three Grammy Awards as Best New Artist of 2005 and going on to sell more than 17 million albums worldwide, Maroon 5's releases have gone gold and platinum in over 35 countries. The band won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound introduced on its debut album, "Songs About Jane," and its double platinum album, "It Won't Be Soon Before Long," which included hits like "Makes Me Wonder" and "If I Never See Your Face Again." In 2010, the band released its third studio album, "Hands All Over," which was certified platinum. The collection featured two hit singles, including the Hot AC smash "Misery" and the anthemic "Moves Like Jagger," which climbed to the No. 1 spot on Hot AC and Billboard's Top 40 and Hot 100 charts. The track has also become one of the best-selling singles of all time. Following the release of the album, both "Misery" and "Moves Like Jagger" received Grammy nominations.
Maroon 5's fourth album, "Overexposed," quickly reinforced the group's status as a powerhouse in popular music with all of the collection's singles rising to the top of the charts. The third single off of the album, "Daylight," claimed the No. 1 spot on both Top 40 and Hot AC radio charts. In the process, the band set a record for the most No. 1 songs (six in total) by a group in the Top 40 chart's 20-year history. Maroon 5 wrapped one of the highest grossing tours of 2013 in conjunction with the album, with over $50 million in ticket sales.
Maroon 5's current album, "V," debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 chart and features the hit singles "Maps," "Animals" and "Sugar," all of which hit No. 1 on the Top 40 chart. Rolling Stone said of the album, "Adam Levine and Co. continue their top 40 takeover with a set of irresistibly sharp hooks... The 11 songs here are precision-tuned and lustrously polished, jammed with hooks and choruses that build a man cave in your brain." The music video for the band's chart-topping and Grammy-nominated single "Sugar" has logged 1 billion views to date. The band's latest single, "Feelings," is out now.
Maroon 5's world tour kicked off in the U.S. in February 2015. European dates followed during May and June, along with an appearance at the Mawazine Festival in Morocco, as well as an Asian leg in September that led into dates in Australia and New Zealand. The 2015 Maroon V tour included New Year's Eve in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. A Latin American leg is scheduled for five countries in February and March. By the time the tour wraps, the band will have played over 120 concerts in 30+ countries with more than 2,500,000 fans in attendance.
In addition to his work with Maroon 5, Levine recently starred in the major motion picture "Begin Again" (The Weinstein Company), from director John Carney ("Once"), alongside Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley. Levine's 222 Records released the soundtrack for the film, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for the track "Lost Stars." The song, written by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois, was performed in the film by Levine himself. Levine has been selected by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Hollywood Walk of Fame class of 2016, and will have a star installed in his honor.
Levine returns for the 10th season as a coach on the top-rated, Emmy Award-winning NBC hit series "The Voice."