Maroon 5 is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. While they were in high school, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Adam Levine, keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, bass guitarist Mickey Madden, and drummer Ryan Dusick formed a garage band called Kara's Flowers and released an album “The Fourth World” in 1997. After a tepid response to the album, the band parted with their record label and attended college. In 2001, the band regrouped and added guitarist James Valentine to the lineup, and pursued a new direction under the name Maroon 5.
Maroon 5 signed with Octone Records and recorded “Songs About Jane” in 2002. In 2003, their debut single "Harder to Breathe" was well received by radio airplay, which helped propel the album into the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Their second and third singles, "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved," were worldwide hits in 2004.
For the next few years, the band toured extensively worldwide in support of “Songs About Jane” and issued two live recordings, 2004's “1.22.03.Acoustic” and 2005's “Live – Friday the 13th.” The band won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2005.
Ryan Dusick was replaced by Matt Flynn as the drummer of the band in 2006, and the revised lineup recorded their second album “It Won't Be Soon Before Long” in early 2007. The music in the album was inspired by artists of the 1980s including Prince, Michael Jackson, Shabba Ranks and Talking Heads. The album's first single "Makes Me Wonder" became the band's first #1 single in the Billboard 100 and had major success worldwide. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.
“Hands All Over,” their third studio album, was released in 2010 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200. The lead single, "Misery," reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single was "Give a Little More" and the third single "Never Gonna Leave This Bed" which debut at #35 on the Billboard's Hot Adult Pop Songs. “Stutter” charted at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100, due to strong digital downloads when the album was released.
Since debuting in 2002, the band has sold over 10 million albums in the United States and nearly 15 million worldwide.