Formed in 1994 as Kara's Flowers, pop rockers Maroon 5 have been dominating the airwaves for the last several years. The latest Maroon 5 tour is titled "Red Pill Blues" tour. Led by Adam Levine this pop rock band puts on quite the show. Maroon 5 will be joined by American singer Julia Michaels on their 2018 tour. Julia Michaels is known for her current song Issues.
Maroon 5 originated in Los Angeles, where the members of the band first met. Maroon 5's Adam Levine (lead vocals, guitar), Jesse Carmichael (keyboards), Mickey Madden (bass) and then-drummer Ryan Dusick joined together in 1995 while still in high school to form the rock band Kara's Flowers. Unfortunately, their debut album was a commercial and critical flop, resulting in the band being dropped from its record label. With no success for the next few years, the band opted to add another guitarist and asked James Valentine of the band Square to join. Soon after, the name Maroon 5 was adopted and they began to play gigs in and around LA and New York City. Their next step was to enter the studio and begin recording their debut album.
That album, Songs About Jane, was released in 2002, with their first single "Harder to Breathe." While Maroon 5 did not see immediate success with the album, the growing popularity of "Harder to Breathe" helped their album climb the charts and eventually reach the top ten on the Billboard 200, peaking at #6. Other singles "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved" off of Songs About Jane reached the Top 5 and helped the band attain the label "multi-platinum selling artist."
Their sophomore album It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007) built on the success of their first record and quickly rose to #1 on the Billboard charts. Singles like "Wake Up Call" and "Won't Go Home Without You" received heavy radio airplay and their single "Makes Me Wonder" ascended all the way to the top of the Billboard 200. The band continued its successful streak with its next two albums, Hands All Over (2010), Overexposed (2012), and V (2014).
In August 2014, Maroon 5 released the pop-rock band’s fifth studio Album, V, and the first under Interscope Records. V debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling over 160,000 units in the first week.
Maroon 5’s first single, “Maps,” peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100 Chart. Maroon 5 later released “Animals,” peaking at No.2, selling more than a million units in the United States alone. “Animals” reached the top-ten in 10 countries, selling 200,000 in the UK. Maroon 5’s third single, “Sugar” peaked at No. 3, giving the band their 11th top-ten hit. The song reached the top-ten in 24 additional countries. V also features collaborations with the likes of Gwen Stefanie for the song “My Heart Is Open.”
Most Notably the new album featured the return of keyboardist Jesse Carmichael from a two year hiatus, absent from the Overexposed Tour and album in 2012.
Due to the highly successful V album and 2015 tour, it was announced in October, 2015 the Maroon V Tour would be extended in 2016. The North American leg for the Maroon V Tour began on September 3, 2016 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX. and ran through the fall, Maroon 5 stops included American Airlines Arena in Miami, Quicken Loans Arena in Ohio, the Pepsi Center in Denver and many more.
Most Notable Awards:
Grammy Award for Best New Artist for "She Will Be Loved" - 2005
Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance By a Duo Or Group With Vocal for "This Love"- 2006
Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance By a Duo Or Group With Vocal for "Makes Me Wonder" - 2008
Billboard Music Award for Digital Artist of te Year - 2005
Billboard Music Award for Top Digital Album for "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" - 2007
Billboard Music Award for Top 100 Artist - 2005
MTV VMA Award for New Artist for "She Will Be Loved" - 2005