In 1994, a group of 4 boys from high school was in love with a girl named Kara. Fueled by this shared crush, they named their newly formed band Kara’s Flowers. Three albums later, without any success, the band remained until after their 1999 album, which had no significant influence that could put them in the spotlight. In 2001 Kara’s Flower was back again, but this time as Maroon 5.
Many years later the group was recognized as one of the best bands in the world, with millions of albums sold, several Grammys in their pockets, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, and many other achievements to show for it.
Although it’s Adam Levine that many have come to know, Maroon 5 still has other very important members, some of whom have held out since the band was formed in the early 1990s. Even more, while it has lost some members along the way, the band has gained others.
Members of Maroon 5
Your guts tell you that maroon 5 is a 5-man band, but that’s not so. The band actually has 6 members, and sometimes there are even 7.
1. Adam Levine – Maroon 5
Levine, born on March 18, 1979, is the leader of the band and its lead singer. He was one of the 4 founding members of the original band in 1994 and insisted that he would never have a solo career, although he has appeared in a number of songs.
The singer married Behati Prinsloo in 2014 and the couple is now blessed with two children.
2. Mickey Madden
Born on May 13, 1979, as Michael Allen Madden, the bassist of Maroon 5, he is one of the founders of Kara’s Flowers and was involved in the breakup of Kara’s Flower and the beginning of Maroon 5.
Somehow he managed to escape too much attention, although he was arrested in 2016 on cocaine charges, but agreed to do community service. Although he is not married, he has dated a number of women in the past.
3. Jesse Carmichael
Another member of the band that has been with the band since 1994, Jesse was born on April 2, 1979. Apart from being the guitarist of the band and also playing the keyboard, Jesse also writes songs.
In 2012 he took a break from the band to study music and the healing arts. At this time he also pursued a solo career, which led to his release of the album Four Songs under the name 1863. In 2014 he returned to the band in time for the release of the highly successful album Overexposed. He is not married, but he is in a relationship.
4. James Valentine – Maroon 5
The first person outside of the original members of Kara’s Flower to become a member of Maroon 5 was James Valentine, who joined in 2001 before the name was changed to the current name. He is the guitarist of the pop-rock band.
Before joining the band, he had played guitar in a number of other bands since 1996: Montag, Kid Quarkstar, Mondello, and Happy Dog. He also played for artists such as Jenny Lewis and John Mayer (both 2006), JJAMZ (2012), PJ Morton (2013), and The Yellow River Boys (also 2013).
James Burgon Valentine was born on October 5, 1978. The guitarist is not married.
5. Matt Flynn
After Ryan Dusick was forced to leave the band in 2006 due to a wrist injury, Matt Flynn was reinstated as a drummer in the band. He had previously played in several bands: The B-52’s, Chicago, Gavin DeGraw, and Gandhi.
Flynn was born on May 23, 1970, and is married to Heidi Ford, with whom he has two children.
6. PJ Morton
He joined the band in 2012, but before that, he had already been touring as a keyboard player since 2010. After taking a break from the band, Jesse Carmichael became an official member and has been featured on all the band’s albums since then, even after Jesse’s return.
PJ was born on March 29, 1981, as the son of a preacher as Paul Morton Jr. He is also a record producer and can look back on a solo career during which he has released 4 albums since 2005. His last two albums are New Orleans (2013) and Gumbo (2017). He is married to Kortni Morton.
7. Sam Farrar
Sam, who also works as a record producer, was born on June 29, 1978. He has been a member of Maroon 5 since 2016, before which he was a touring member of the pop band from 2012 to 2016. As the band’s lead guitarist, he also played for Phantom Planet before the rock band took an indefinite break. He has also played for Operation Aloha, Bubble and Strife, and Jasmine Ash.
The guitarist is married to Stephanie Eitel, with whom he has two children, a daughter, and a son.
Ryan Dusick is the fourth member of Kara’s Flower and he moved with the band to Maroon 5 but left the band in 2006. Before that, he was the drummer of the band.