In high school, the band was originally called Kara's Flowers before they became Maroon 5. The inspiration? They all had a crush on the same girl and her name was, you guessed it, Kara. At the time, the band members were Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick. Around the time guitarist James Valentine came into the group (in 2001), they changed the band name to Maroon 5.
Kara's Flowers made its TV debut on the hit series Beverly Hills, 90210. They appeared in the "Forgive and Forget" episode of the show, in case you feel like giving it a re-watch!
For the longest time, the late Jordan Feldstein was Maroon 5's manager. Not only had he known Levine since childhood, but he managed the band since its inception. Feldstein was also Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein's brother.
The band's debut album,Songs About Jane, featured lyrics and titles that were literally based on songs Adam wrote about his ex-girlfriend at the time, Jane. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the singer said, "I saw this girl at a gas station and I fell in love with her. I wrote a song about her and played it in the store where she worked." Adding, "It was an awful song, but she found out about this relatively psychotic boy. She was my muse for years."
Maroon 5's single, "Makes Me Wonder," became the band's first number one song to land on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
The band has been nominated for 12 Grammys and have won three. In 2005, they won for Best New Artist, and a year later, they took home the award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals for the chart-topping song "This Love." In 2007, they won Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals for "Makes Me Wonder."
The band impressively wrote, produced and recorded its hit single "Is Anybody Out There" in 24 hours. The song reportedly set a world record and made musical history.
Apparently, Maroon 5's "Sugar" music video featured the band crashing real weddings. While some were staged, others were not. The band was reportedly inspired by the 2005 romantic comedy Wedding Crashers.
The band ended 2018 with a bang. Billboard reports they were the biggest act on U.S. radio airwaves according to Nielsen Music data. The group’s catalog of songs collected 8.58 billion audience impressions across all monitored radio stations, from 1.95 million plays of their tunes.