When it all began
The story of the popular pop-rock music band starts in the yearly 90s – 1994 to be exact. Back then the 4 initial members of the group – Adam Lavine, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden, and Ryan Dusick were schoolmates in the Brentwood School, Los Angeles, California. At first, they form a rock band called Kara’s flowers while they are still high-schoolers and record their first album We Like Digging? by themselves.
In 1997 the band signed with Reprise Records and released the album The Fourth World. The album does not get the desired comments and attention, so the record label dropped the band, and their member decides to focus strictly on college. Dusick and Madden stay home and decide to attend college locally at the University of California, Los Angeles, while Levine and Carmichael move to the East coast and go to the Five Towns College, in Dix Hills.
Reunited and re-labeled – how Kara’s Flowers became Maroon 5
In 2001 the band reunited after few years of college life. They change the name to Maroon 5, where the “5” stands for the new 5th member they added to the group – the guitarist Valentine. The group has a completely new style influenced by their new views of life. In June 2002 after hearing the song “Sunday Morning” the independent record label Octone Records, signed with Maroon 5 and releases the group’s debut album Songs About Jane. The album gets really popular and in 2005 it wins the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. In 2006, however a change in the group takes place – Dusick left the band after suffering from serious wrist and shoulder injuries. Later on, he gets replaced by Matt Flynn.