Maroon 5 is an American rock band originating from Los Angeles, California. It now consists of lead singer Adam Levine, lead guitarists and rhythm guitar player Jesse Carmichael, bass player and multi-instrumentalist Sam Farrar and keyboard player PJ Morton. The group’s musical concepts were formed by guitarist/singer Adam Levinson, who is originally from Southern California. Since its formation in 1985, Maroon 5 has won 20 Acme Awards for their song “Don’t Take Me Alive.” The band was created through the collaboration of five different members with the musical concepts stemming from the guitar player and lead singer, as well as the keyboard player and the rhythm guitar player.
Since inception the band has had four lineup members and one singer. The original members are still intact and the current line up consists of separate vocalist/songwriter members, songwriter/performer Peter Furillo, bass player and multi-instrumental player Jay Kaylee Sands, and guitarist/singer Adam Levine. The band is made up of close friends and family members, who continue to play an integral role in each member careers today.
The first member of the band who actually sang his or her own songs was bass player/singer Peter Furillo. He began playing acoustic guitar when he was just beginning high school. He then was a member of the band Scars of Forever along with members Alex Freiberg and Aaron Gillespie. Later, Furillo became a member of the popular band, Bon Jovi.
During the mid-nineties, the group began to expand with the addition of numerous members. The musical lineup included the more versatile members like bass player/singer Aaron Gillespie, as well as guitarist/singer, John Butler. A year later, Aaron Gillespie left the band and they added new members, headed by vocalist, John Butler. During that time, they also replaced their lead singer, John Butler, with vocalist, David Lee Roth. This move helped them draw more audience.
Maroon 5 started working on their first album after several years of touring. After several months of sessions with session musicians, the band finally settled on a lead singer for their first album. John Butler’s transformation from a childhood country boy to a pop star was remarkable. Members of the band like David Lee Roth and Peter Furillo contributed greatly to their unique sound. After the recording sessions were over, they were ready to hit the stage to perform their first set of music live.
The success of their first album prompted other bands to get in the band wagon. Maroon 5 has gone on to record many successful albums, including their self-titled 1997 effort, which peaked at number twenty on the U.S. chart. Over the years, the band has featured stars like Nancy Sinatra, Roseanne Barr, Avril Lavigne, and John Turturro.
Over the years, different members of the band have played various instruments, but the basic musical style remains the same. The band members all play keyboards, with the main song “reens” being played on keyboards. There are also a handful of songs that feature guitar solos performed by the lead singer. The lyrics of most of these songs are about growing up in the United States. The band has also written several songs that talk about musical styles, such as jazz, blues, folk, country, and even classic rock.
Blues-based songs usually begin with a pedal steel guitar. Other songs, including “Give Me the Reason,” feature keyboards and harmonious vocals. The original version of the song “Give Me the Reason” featured vocalist/bassist Carlton Washburn on lead vocals, while Joe Bennett sang the background vocal. Both versions are featured on the 2021 album Remember, All We Did was For Fun. With a myriad of musical styles to choose from, the Maroon Five still stands as a solid musical group with an energetic live show.