True Music / Celebrity Culture: “Star Light, Star Bright”
By Carlos Roberto
Fact: a bright star entered our universe on March, 18, 1979. That’s the day Adam Noah Levine’s light began to shine into our world. Adam is a star in every sense of the word — a supernova, if you will. He never was and never will be anything less.
As a celebrity, he’s been covered, reported, revealed, and photographed thousands of times. Some think he’s close to being overexposed by being overused and oversized all over the nation’s urban landscape. However, we can’t seem to get enough of the man of the hour, the rock star, the actor, and TV star.
“My face is on buses, which is a trip and it’s weird,” Levine candidly stated in an interview with the Associated Press. That’s Adam’s way of showing the world he remains humble — or at least as humble as a supernova can be.
The Los Angeles native initially came into the public’s sight in the early 2000s as lead vocalist and guitarist for Maroon 5. Born in 1994 as a group called Kara’s Flowers with a line-up of teenaged Adam, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden, and Ryan Dusick, they were signed to Reprise Records and released one album in 1997 — The Fourth World. A lukewarm response from critics and fans led to the band parting with the label and the members heading off to college. The rest is history.
The band reunited in 2001 with one new addition, lead guitarist James Valentine, and pursued a new direction under the name Maroon 5. The band was quickly signed by Octone Records and began work on their debut album. Songs About Jane was released in June 2002 and the popularity of the album’s first single, “Harder to Breathe,” pushed the album to number six on the Billboard charts. However, it was the second and third singles – “This Love” and “She Will Be Loved” — that became smash hits and propelled Levine and the band into the worldwide spotlight.
For the next few years, the band toured extensively in support of the album and it paid off. In 2005, three years after the release of Songs About Jane, Maroon 5 won the Grammy for Best New Artist.
More albums and much more success followed. In fact, since debuting in 2002, Maroon 5 has sold over 10 million albums in the U.S. alone and continues to glow in the spotlight, while growing as a band. Their latest release, Overexposed, made music history when the first single, “Payphone” (featuring Wiz Khalifa), set a record for a group with 493,000 downloads in a single week.
Over the years, many have argued that it’s Adam Levine’s talent, sensuality, and style that gave Maroon 5 their signature look and sound. His heartbreaking ballads and pop anthems have become a staple in music for over a generation. And while most would be overwhelmed with being a rock star, Levine discovered a balance through the years and began to aim for more. Instead of burning out and fading away, Levine the rock star became Adam the new king of reality TV.
As a coach on NBC’s top-rated show The Voice, Adam revealed a softer side to the American public and has paved the way for a kinder, balanced rock god. In his time on The Voice, he’s become the voice of inspiration to upcoming musicians and, in turn, has gained a massive new audience of fans.
While it seems impossible, his star now shines even brighter. And because of that it’s a sure bet Adam Levine will continue to blind us with his talent for years to come.
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