Who Are the Members of Maroon 5?
Maroon 5 are set to take the stage during the Super Bowl LIII halftime show on Sunday, along with several musical guests including Travis Scott and Big Boi.
The band has long been popular, dominating Billboard Top 40 charts since their debut in the early 2000s. They are likely to perform some old hits, along with new popular songs like “Girls Like You.”
Maroon 5 is fronted by Adam Levine, a 39-year-old Los Angeles native known for his unique vocals, being a judge on The Voice and, of course, his marriage to Behati Prinsloo. The couple have two children together, Gio Grace Levine and Dusty Rose Levine. They have been married since 2014.
The band also features Jesse Carmichael, who plays keyboard and guitar; Mickey Madden, who plays bass; James Valentine, who plays lead guitar; Matt Flynn, who plays keyboard; PJ Morton, who plays keyboard and Sam Farrar, who plays several instruments.
Maroon 5 has collected several accolades during their time as a band, including Three Grammy Awards in 2005, 2006 and 2008, Teen Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Billboard Music Awards and American Music Awards. They continue to rack up high-charting songs, like “Moves Like Jagger,” “One More Night,” “Girls Like You,” and “Sugar.”
The group first formed in 1994, using a different name. Maroon 5 was originally known as Kara’s Flowers. At the time, all its original members were still in high school. They self-released their first album and then signed to Reprise Records, which released their second album, The Fourth World, in 1997. The album wasn’t well-received, however, and the label dropped the group. Kara’s Flowers’ members attended college, before reforming with their current name in 2001 and adding Valentine.
They signed with Octone Records and released their debut album, Songs About Jane in June 2002. The album peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart and went platinum two years later. After their first Grammy Win in 2005, Flynn was added to the band to replace their original guitarist.
Maroon 5 was selected to perform at the Super Bowl after a number of artists, including Cardi B and Rihanna, refused due to their support for Colin Kaepernick. They got Scott, 26, and Big Boi to agree to perform alongside them. The former agreed only after getting the National Football League to agree to make a $500,000 donation to Dream Corps.
The decision to perform has been met with much backlash, which Levine addressed in a singular interview with ET Online ahead of the big game. He revealed that he and his bandmates expected the backlash, but did not directly address the petition asking them to pull out of the performance. He said he hoped to let the music do the talking, seemingly suggesting the band had plans to address Kaepernick’s protest and his supporters.
“We’d like to move on from it and...speak through the music,” he said. “They will be [heard] – that’s all I want to say because I don’t want to spoil anything. And once again, I like to think that people know where I stand as a human being after two decades of doing this...I’m not a public speaker. I do speak, but it’s through the music. My life’s work and what I put out into the universe has been positive and hopefully inspiring...So, what I would say is, you know, we are going to do what we keep on doing, hopefully without becoming politicians and continuing to use the one voice we know how to use properly.”
No information about what the group will perform at the Super Bowl has been revealed, but fans are anxiously awaiting the performance.
The Super Bowl kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS.