Adam Levine: Snapshot

Name
Adam Levine
Date of Birth
March 18, 1979
Birth Place
Los Angeles, Calif.
With a soulful, seductive voice and equally sultry dance moves, Adam Levine has long been making girls squeal as frontman of the Grammy-winning band Maroon 5 – and now, he's set to conquer TV and film, as well.

A native Angeleno, Levine got his musical start performing at kids' parties with his first band, Kara's Flowers. In 2004, he found critical and commercial success with the release of Maroon 5's debut album, Songs About Jane, which earned the band the best new artist Grammy. While the pop-rock group has continued to churn out hits, from "She Will Be Loved" to "Moves Like Jagger," it's the star's gig as mentor and judge on NBC's hit singing competition The Voice that has propelled him to solo stardom.

Since invading America's living rooms, Levine has branched out in many ways, flexing his acting chops on American Horror Story: Asylum and the upcoming film Can a Song Save Your Life?, as well as developing his own fragrance. He's also romanced his fair share of beauties, from model Anne V to Nina Agdal, but in 2013, the ladies' man settled down, proposing to Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo – just months before being named PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive.

Adam Levine: Five Fun Facts

  1. In 1997, Adam Levine and his first band, Kara's Flowers, appeared on an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210, performing at the Peach Pit After Dark.
  2. Adam Levine worked as a writer's assistant for the TV show Judging Amy before his music career took off.
  3. Adam Levine is a devoted yoga student, often bringing his instructor on tour with him. The practice, he said, is "an investment in happiness for the rest of my life."
  4. Adam Levine is good friends with Jonah Hill, whose brother, Jordan, is Adam's manager of 10 years and counting.
  5. Adam Levine posed nude for Cosmopolitan U.K. to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. "I just love being as naked as possible all the time – it feels really natural to me," he said of the shoot.

Adam Levine: Biography

1990s

Musical Roots

Born in Los Angeles to parents Fred and Patsy, Levine forms his first band, Kara's Flowers, while attending L.A.'s prestigious Brentwood Academy with best friend Jesse Carmichael. The group plays local bars and children's birthday parties before making a demo in 1996 that helps them land on an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210. The band eventually morphs into Maroon 5.

2002

Adam Levine

Love & Loss

Trading college for open mic nights, Levine falls for "the most beautiful girl" he's ever seen. Though the relationship doesn't last, the singer pours his heartache into music. "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," he tells Paper magazine. "I was like, 'I need to turn this into something good or it's going to be a bad thing.'" The result is Maroon 5's debut album, Songs About Jane, which is re-released in October 2003, making its way into the top 10 albums chart.

2004

Adam Levine

February 08

Going for Gold

Following the success of their singles "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved," Maroon 5 picks up their first Grammy Award for best new artist. "These are my best friends, and this is the trippiest thing I've ever gone through in my life," Levine says in his acceptance speech. A year later, "This Love" earns the quintet their second statuette for best pop performance.

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Cindy Ord/Getty

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): amazon.com; Kevork Djansezian/AP

Edited by Julia Wang

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