A D A M L E V I N E
Date of Birth 18 March 1979 , Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth Name Adam Noah Levine
Height 5′ 11¾” (1.82 m)
Mini Bio (1)
Grammy-winning band Maroon 5’s frontman Adam Levine was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of Patsy (Noah), an admissions counselor, and Fredric Levine, who founded the retail chain M. Fredric. His uncle, Timothy Noah, is a journalist. Adam began playing music with his junior-high friends guitarist, rather than the keyboardist (for which he is known in the band Maroon 5) Jesse Carmichael and bassist Mickey Madden. Their first gig was at a school dance and Levine was terribly shy so he played with his back to the audience. Ryan Dusick joined the band as drummer and the alternative rock band Kara’s Flowers were born (1994). They released an album called “The Fourth World” (1997). Then, he headed to New York City with Carmichael to study music at Five Towns College on Long Island. While they were there, he was surrounded by new music scenes and influences which give him whole new perspective on songwriting and singing. He dropped out of school after a semester and headed back to California with Carmichael to reunite with their pals and develop their band. He began writing a bunch of songs that were inspired by his recently failed relationship. After adding in new guitarist James Valentine (moving Carmichael over to keyboards) Maroon 5 was officially born. The band released their debut album “Songs About Jane”, which included international hits “This Love”, “Sunday Morning” and “She Will Be Loved” (2002).
– IMDb Mini Biography By: Ozge Yilanci
Trade Mark (3)
Sensual dance moves
Long and short uses of “Oh!” and “Yeah!” in his songs
Has known Jason Segel and Jake Gyllenhaal since kindergarten.
Has ADHD (attention-deficit-hyperactive disorder).
Former frontman of band Kara’s Flowers.
Frontman of the band Maroon 5.
Cites The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr) as his heroes.
Good friends with Jason Segel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Adam Brody and Billie Joe Armstrong.
Briefly toured with Reel Big Fish while guitarist/lead singer Aaron Barrett recovered from a hand injury.
His parents are divorced. He has one brother, Michael, as well as a step-sister, Julia. He also has a little half-brother and half-sister, Sam and Liza.
His favorite musical artists are Prince and Stevie Wonder, who he calls his ‘spiritual leader’.
He is ambidextrous. He writes and draws with his left hand but prefers his right hand for most of other activities.
Broke his collarbone in 2005.
Owns a Golden Retriever called Frankie.
Resides in the Hollywood Hills with close friend, Gene Hong.
Worked as a writer’s assistant on Judging Amy (1999) while writing songs for Maroon 5’s first album, “Songs About Jane”.
As a member of Kara’s Flower, he made a guest appearance on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), while still in High School.
Is a registered Democrat.
Was in relationship with Sports Illustrated swimsuit and Victoria’s Secret model Anne Vyalitsyna from 2010-2012. Vyalitsyna made an announcement on People magazine they separated in an amicable and supportive manner. (2012).
The 222 on his forearm represents door number of the very first studio that Maroon 5 ever recorded in.
Has paw print on the back of his right shoulder that says ‘Frankie Girl’ underneath it.
Engaged to Behati Prinsloo [July 18, 2013].
Was named The Sexiest Man Alive in 2013.
Adam’s father’s family is Jewish, as was Adam’s maternal grandfather. Adam’s maternal grandmother was of German and Scottish ancestry.
Personal Quotes (20)
I spend most of my life naked. In fact, I often have to be told by the people around me that it’s inappropriate to be as naked as I am.
I don’t know if it’s possible to live the rock’n’roll lifestyle and still be romantic.
[on his former girlfriend Maria Sharapova] She wouldn’t make any noise during sex. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was. I really thought, like a lot of guys, that she’d be the loud screaming type. But instead, she just lay there like a dead frog. She even got angry if I started to moan, said it ‘ruined her concentration.’ It was so disillusioning that I went on Paxil (an antidepressant) for a month afterwards. Really, it was much more of a shock than when I found out there’s no such thing as the Easter Bunny.
Caffeine is like a really attractive girl that has nothing to say. You get all jacked up on it and then you’re left feeling hollow and empty.
I was skeptical, to say the least. I was wary of the cliché’s associated with yoga: spirituality used as a marketing tool or Eastern philosophy sold at Starbucks to disenchanted lawyers and accountants looking for meaning. What I soon realized is that yoga welcomes everyone-that’s extremely appealing.
In real life, I am emotionally confused, which enables me to write songs. I’m a Pisces, and they say that Pisces are very sensitive. If men were just honest with themselves, they would see that they all have that side.
I’m intelligent enough to survive happily and be compassionate. If I were too smart, I would realize all the ills of the world.
You wouldn’t be a complete band without a slightly cocky frontman, would you?
If girls can call us ‘dudes’, then why can’t we call girls ‘chicks’. Some girls get so uppity about that shit.
Instinctively, monogamy is not in our genetic makeup. I have cheated. And you know what? There is nothing worse than the feeling of doing it.
I can be a huge pain in the ass, huge pain in the ass. That’s part of who I am and there’s not a person I know who doesn’t think I’m a pain in the ass. But I’m also really nice and a completely affable and socially adept person. There’s a difference between being an asshole and a pain in the ass.
Before I go on stage I pretend that everyone loves me.
[on his former girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna’s mother] The tattoos were a concern-her mom didn’t love them. They’re culturally accepted here, but it’s different in Russia.
[on his first kiss] Her name was Katie. I was 11. She asked me to take a walk after dinner. We walked 10 feet west of the cafeteria, which felt like forever. She went in for the kiss. I was freaked out and amazed. Then it got weird, once I got comfortable and started experimenting.
If I really liked a girl and I felt these romantic feelings towards her, I would literally write a song and make sure they heard it. I was so bold. It was a brief relationship, but we really did fall in love with each other and when we broke up, my heart was broken. I didn’t have money or a job. All I had was a girl I was in love with and the dream of being a famous musician. I was like, ‘I need to turn this into something good or it’s going to be a bad thing.’
I just hope this isn’t the case when I’m 40. I turned 33 and I thought, ‘OK, this is exactly where I need to be,’ and why should I stop until I get to a point where I can, and say, ‘Fuck this, I’m going to go play golf.’
I’m extremely fascinated by marriage. I want to study marriage. I want to learn about it. I want to know it. I want to figure out whether or not I want to do it. I’m not just going to leap into it, because that’s not good for anybody.
There are two kinds of men. There are men who are fucking misogynist pigs, and then there are men who really love women, who think they’re the most amazing people in the world. And that’s me. Maybe the reason I was promiscuous, and wanted to sleep with a lot of them, is that I love them so much.
[on his religious upbringing; his father and maternal grandfather were Jewish, and his maternal grandmother was Protestant] Dad spiked in a little Judaism… but it wasn’t the kind of thing he wanted to force on me.
[launching his fashion line for Kmart] My icon is Batman.
How Adam Levine Finds Strength, Focus, and Balance
Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine is a media multitasker: rock star, budding actor, king of reality TV. How does he hold it all together? With a centered attitude and a crapload of yoga
By Andrew Heffernan, Photographs by Ture Lillegraven
Adam Levine is standing on his head. He’s stock-still, breathing easily, his feet together. A dozen photographers and styists and assorted others scurry around, fussing, assessing, adjusting. Levine ignores them, his face focused and sphinxlike. Sure, it’s just a photo shoot. He’s done plenty in his nearly 15 years as a front man for the Grammy-winning, multiplatinum band Maroon 5, and even more of them since 2011, when he took up residence as one of four coaches in comically oversized, rotating red chairs on the singing-competition show The Voice, a runaway hit for NBC. A brief hour ago, he was relaxed and goofy, gamely striding through the photographer’s frame, flexing his tattooed arms and flashing muscleman poses. But this is different: It’s yoga. And when it comes to yoga, Levine doesn’t mess around.
As the 33-year-old singer swoops, bends, and twists, Chad Dennis, a loquacious yoga teacher and fitness instructor who has been Levine’s private trainer for 5 years, offers some coaching advice: “Broaden out your collarbones…engage the toes…fire up the peroneals.” Cameras flash.
The yoga asanas become tougher and more athletic: Warrior. Sage. Peacock. Monkey. At one point, the wiry 6-foot, 165-pound Levine balances his entire body weight on his arms. His torso and one leg are parallel to the ground, and the knee of his other leg is drawn up toward his chest. He’s a serious student of the art. Even extending his back into a crescent, balancing on his head, and twisting around himself like a cruller, Levine knows exactly where he is. (Go here to check out his favorite pre-show yoga routine.)
It’s a skill he’s had to call on quite a bit lately. Between appearing on The Voice and touring with Maroon 5 (who will play more than 30 North American concerts between late December and early April), Levine is, by any measure, hyperextended. He has ventured into acting, including a role in the recently wrapped Can a Song Save Your Life? alongside Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. He also has less official duties, of course, as fashion icon, boyfriend to some of the world’s most beautiful women, and object of lust to legions of female fans.
It’s a wonder Levine can even breathe, much less as deeply and calmly as he’s breathing now.
Yoga anchors his balancing act. “I have a hard time sitting still,” Levine says. “I can be all over the map. Yoga has given me the ability to be more focused and make better decisions that come from a clear place.” Yes, it keeps his stamina up, his physique toned, and his abs ripped. But many forms of exercise can deliver superficial results like these. “Maybe more than anything else,” says Dennis, “yoga teaches you to be still and calm under challenging circumstances.”
Levine wasn’t always so focused. At Brentwood School, the swank L.A. private academy he attended with fellow band members Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden, and Ryan Dusick, he was, in his words, “focused on rebellion and being all angsty.” His grades sucked. Despite playing basketball as a kid, he quit the team when music began to take up more of his time.
His early years as a musician, though, were decidedly bumpy. He was so nervous at his first professional gig, at the Troubadour in L.A., that he couldn’t even face the audience. Of course, he was just a kid. “I was in seventh grade. April 29, 1992. I’m like fucking Rain Man with dates,” he says.
It would take nearly 10 years of experimentation and one failed, grunge-influenced album before Levine finally hit it big with Maroon 5’s Songs about Jane in 2002. “Adam put in his dues,” says longtime roommate and friend Gene Hong. “He worked at Johnny Rockets and [as a production assistant] on Judging Amy. He was horrible at both jobs.”
Jane features an impressively high, expressive register from Levine, slick production values, and at least four ridiculously hummable tunes—”Harder to Breathe,” “This Love,” “Sunday Morning,” and “She Will Be Loved.” It’s straight-up, good, fun pop rock for the masses, and you can’t take your ears off it. The album went multiplatinum, won Grammys, and to date has sold nearly 5 million copies in the United States. If you lived through the 2000s, you’ve heard these songs before, many times, whether you know it or not—along with more-recent hits like “One More Night,” “Payphone,” and 2011’s ubiquitous “Moves Like Jagger.”
Clearly Levine found his voice, and in doing, he developed the self-possession he needed to face increasingly larger audiences. It’s this latter part that he finds key to his success. “I’m not a great performer; I’m just uncomplicated,” Levine says. “And I say this to the contestants on The Voice: The biggest thing is confidence—not false confidence but real confidence.” The trick in singing, as in life, is to find that place inside where, despite the pressure, you can relax and trust yourself.
Which brings us back to yoga. Like performing—or playing sports, or working in a high-stress job, or raising a family—a good yoga practice strikes a balance between executing a thought-out plan and staying flexible (in more ways than one). “Yoga is the union of two Sanskrit concepts: abhyasa and vairagya, or focused effort and surrender,” says Dennis, as his charge vogues it up for the camera. Assume a yoga asana—even one as simple as the standing straight-leg, feet-together toe touch—and you’ll see what he means. Part of you wants to give up, and part of you wants to push further. But if you give up you won’t make progress, and if you push too hard you’ll hurt yourself. In yoga, Dennis says, you’re searching for that ever-shifting edge between these two counterproductive extremes.
Levine, he says, needed to learn to hold back a bit. “Adam is very driven,” says Dennis. “He always wanted to jump to the hardest version of the poses, even if he wasn’t ready.” After 5 years of dedicated practice, however, the singer now has a different attitude: “He’s more patient,” says Dennis. “He understands that it’s a process and not a means to an end.”
Pushing too hard is a common mistake of beginners, especially those who are accustomed to strength work and other sports in which strain and effort are almost always considered good things. “A lot of times people will think, ‘I’m strong, I’m in shape; why can’t I do this pose?'” says Levine, who couldn’t touch his toes when he started. “But that’s not the point. There’s nothing to win in yoga. You just do what you can do, one day to the next.”
As a result of this patient approach, the singer’s yoga practice, like his career, has grown in gradual increments—one workout, one pose, one breath at a time—and finally culminated in a level of mastery.
Maybe that’s why the ancient art suits him—and any man driven toward perfection, in the gym or at work. It’s an arena in which busy guys can slow down, shut out all the voices clamoring for their attention, stop striving for a while—and do a serious workout at the same time.
“There’s a very specific yoga cliche: Eat these foods, wear these clothes, believe only these things,” Levine says. “I don’t want to be that.” He just knows his yoga practice works for him. “It’s made me more successful. I love it and don’t know what I’d do without it.” (Check out Levine’s favorite yoga poses.)
With that, under Dennis’s watchful eye, he’s back into the steady, rhythmic flow of asanas: Warrior. Sage. Peacock. Monkey. Pivoting effortlessly, one pose to the next.