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Capturing their first of two Grammys as Best New Artist of 2005, and going on to sell more than 10 million albums worldwide, Maroon 5 won plaudits with the hybrid rock/R&B sound they introduced on their debut album Songs about Jane. A mix of polished pop/rock and neo-soul sex appeal make Maroon 5 one of the most popular bands of the 2000s, with such radio-ready songs as "This Love", "She Will Be Loved", and "Makes Me Wonder" all topping the worldwide singles charts.
Bandmates Adam Levine (vocals/guitar), Jesse Carmichael (keyboards), Mickey Madden (bass), and Ryan Dusick (drums) had spent the latter half of the '90s playing in the modern rock outfit Kara's Flowers, releasing their debut album for Reprise Records while still attending high school. After briefly attending college, the bandmates regrouped as Maroon 5, added former Square guitarist James Valentine to the lineup, and embraced a more R&B-influenced sound. Several years later, the quintet had officially risen to the forefront of popular music with the multi-platinum releases of Songs About Jane and It Won't Be Soon Before Long.
Songs About Jane propelled the band into the mainstream with their singles "Harder to Breathe" becoming a radio staple and “This Love” wooing fans globally. Songs About Jane entered the Billboard Top Ten in August 2004, more than two years after the album's release, and subsequent singles "She Will Be Loved" and "Sunday Morning" helped the album move over 2.7 million copies by year's end.
Following up with Acoustic in 2004, a collection of unplugged songs, and Live Friday, the 13th in 2005, Maroon 5 earned a second Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the 2006 live recording of their international hit single “This Love”.
By fall 2006, Matt Flynn (the former drummer for Gavin DeGraw) joined the group, and the revised band released its latest album in May 2007. It Won't Be Soon Before Long proved to be as popular as its predecessor, spinning off the chart-topping single "Makes Me Wonder" and solidifying the band's position as pop/rock heavyweights.
This morning, only on PRIVATE SESSIONS, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine chats with host Lynn Hoffman about the band’s monstrous success from starting their career in high school to opening for legends such as The Rolling Stones and The Police to becoming a global phenomenon. Plus, don’t miss the band’s exclusive performances of “She Will Be Loved”, “Sunday Morning”, “This Love”, “Makes Me Wonder” and “Won’t Go Home Without You”.