Maroon 5 originally started off as a band named Kara’s Flowers, from Los Angeles, California in 1995. They had five members: Adam Levine (Lead vocalist, guitarist), Jesse Carmichael (Backing vocals, keyboardist), Michael Madden (Bassist), James Valentine (Backing vocals, guitarist), and Ryan Dusick (Drummer). They were signed with Warner Brothers and came out with an album titled The Fourth World, which only sold about a thousand copies, and a single titled Soap Disco, which failed miserably. This led to the breaking up of the band in 1998. Out of this came Maroon 5, with the original members from Kara’s Flowers. They signed with Octone and J-Records. Their music includes a mix of Pop Rock, Funk Rock, and Alternative Rock. Their influences include: The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Missy Elliot, Jay-Z, Alice in Chains, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Jackie Mittoo. Harder to Breathe became their first single, which would be on their album Songs About Jane, released in 2002 about Levine’s breakup with his girlfriend named Jane. They also had three more singles along with this one including: This Love, She Will Be Loved, and Sunday Morning. It took two years for this album to be on the Billboard 200 Top 20. The band went gold, platinum, and even triple platinum, after more than two years, and then reached number 6 on the chart. Maroon 5 has won three Grammy’s to date as well. They went on tour after the release of Songs Abour Jane from 2003-2005. One of their members, Ryan Dusick, was replaced with Matt Flynn in 2006 after sustaining an injury from the strain of touring.
A second album titled It Won’t Be Soon Before Long was released five years after their first, in May of 2007, and in 2008 they paid a visit to every continent on Earth (minus Antarctica.) Although their music has seemed to be very “radio friendly,” they have been criticized for having sexual and “misogynistic” lyrics and videos, where Levine is shown having sex with his girlfriend, and then an actress in their video for “She Will Be Loved.” People also seem to disapprove because neither of these albums contains a “Parental Advisory” label regardless of their type of lyrics/language. Their third album, released in September of 2010 was titled Hands All Over, and included a mix of the genres rock, pop, funk, and R&B. Their music appeals to a wide audience which is what makes Maroon 5 popular till this day.