Adam Levine


Adam Levine

Infobox musical artist |
Name = Adam Levine
Birth_name = Adam Noah Levine


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Background = solo_singer
Born = birth date and age|1979|3|18
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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Instrument = vocals, guitar, drums
Genre = Rock, soul, pop
Occupation = Vocalist, musician
Years_active = 1997 - present
Label = A&M Octone
Associated_acts = Maroon 5, Kara's Flowers, Kanye West, Natasha Bedingfield, Ying Yang Twins, Alicia Keys & Rihanna
URL = [http://www.maroon5.com/ maroon5.com]
Notable_instruments = First Act guitars
Gibson SG

Adam Noah Levine (born March 18 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the lead performer for the pop rock band Maroon 5. Soylent Communications (2007). [http://www.nndb.com/people/439/000109112/ "Adam Levine"] nndb.com {accessed February 27, 2007)]

Early life

Born in Los Angeles, California to parents Patsy Noah and Fred Levine, he has one brother, Michael; a stepsister, Julia; and two half siblings, Sam and Liza. His stepmother and father own two fashion stores in California. In 2005, he and Ryan Seacrest of "American Idol" attended the inauguration of M. Fredric, his parents' second store, in Studio City. Amy Lyons (2005). [http://www.studiocitysun.com/proof/STU3n23.pdf "Idol chatter, rock frontman mark store opening"] studiocitysun.com {accessed February 27, 2007)] Levine's background is Jewish. Nate Bloom (2004). [http://www.jvibe.com/Pop_culture/Jewsonbigscreen.php "Jews on the Big Screen"] JVibe.com {accessed April 26, 2006)] Levine attended Frenchwoods Festival of the Performing Arts Camp (Hancock, NY), where he met the original members of the band Kara's Flowers: Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick. Levine met the third member of Maroon 5, Mickey Madden. Levine is noted as describing Mickey as a "musical encyclopedia" and it is thought that Levine's influence played a major role in Madden acquiring his first bass guitar soon after:)

Early bands

Levine first became friends with John Ondrasik, from Five For Fighting who played clarinet in Regis High School Orchestra, while playing together at the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. It was from John Ondrasik that Levine learned the high-pitched vocal style which he would use later in his career. Levine, Madden, Ondrasik and Carmichael played their first show together as Edible Nuns at their Jr. High dance, playing cover versions of nineties favorites such as Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.

As the trio progressed through high school, the drummer left the band. He was replaced by Amy Wood, a friend of one of the current members. She would soon leave the band and again the group was one drummer short, leaving a window of opportunity open for Adam. He would reconnect with Ryan Dusick, who completed the band on drums.

Kara's Flowers

In 1997, the band released an album titled "The Fourth World". The album reached little success, and its only single "Soap Disco" failed. Disappointed with the results of their album, the band went on hiatus and went on their separate ways.

Levine and bandmate Carmichael left North Carolina to study at Five Towns College, a small liberal arts school in Dix Hills, Long Island, New York. This was reportedly the first time the two Los Angeles natives were exposed to a completely different music scene, a cultural awakening for the two young men. On MTV News in 2002, Levine said, "That's when I started waking up to the whole hip hop, R&B thing. We had friends named Chaos and Shit. It was not Brentwood High." Newt Briggs (2004). [http://www.lasvegasmercury.com/2004/MERC-May-13-Thu-2004/23846523.html "Off the Charts: Maroon 5"] lasvegasmercury.com {accessed February 27, 2007)]

After dropping out of Five Towns College, Adam and Jesse reunited with Mickey and Ryan, but added former Square guitarist, James Valentine in 2001. Renaming the band Maroon 5, Adam and his friends began to compile all of their newfound musical influences into their music. Levine's expressive voice helped the band to achieve much success in the record charts. Their debut album, "Songs about Jane", is about Levine's ex-girlfriend, a girl who, as he says, has inspired him over the years, and most of the lyrics of the songs are inspired by their stormy relationship. Currently, Levine is promoting the new Maroon 5 album, "It Won't Be Soon Before Long", which was released on May 22, 2007.

Other work

In 2004, Maroon 5 received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. In 2005, Levine featured on the Ying Yang Twins song "Live Again" and later appeared on Kanye West's "Late Registration" album, on the third single, "Heard 'Em Say". He is also featured in the song "Wild Horses" on Alicia Keys' third album "".

In 2006, he also co-wrote the track "Say It Again" on Natasha Bedingfield's album "N.B.". He also performed the background vocals on this song.

In 2007, he appeared on the 33rd season premiere of Saturday Night Live in an SNL Digital Short called Iran So Far with Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen and Jake Gyllenhaal. Levine played himself while singing a humorous bridge to a "love song" for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

In 2008, he appeared on Comedy Central's "Night Of Too Many Stars".

In 2008, he collaborated with Rihanna to create another version of If I Never See Your Face Again, This song was released on Rihanna's re-released Album, Good Girl Gone Bad and also on Maroon 5's re-released album It Won't Be Soon Before Long.

References

External links

* [http://www.nbc.com/The_Tonight_Show_with_Jay_Leno/Toyota_Concert_Series/bands/Maroon_5.shtml Maroon 5 performance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno]
*cite web| url=http://yknow-interviews.blogspot.com/2008/02/adam-levine-maroon-5.html| title= y’know - interviews with the famous | publisher= C.B.Liddell | date = 2008-02-10

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NAME = Levine, Adam Noah
ALTERNATIVE NAMES =
SHORT DESCRIPTION = American singer
DATE OF BIRTH = March 18 1979
PLACE OF BIRTH = Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DATE OF DEATH =
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