Adam Noah Levine (born March 18, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the frontman for the pop rock band Maroon 5. Born in Los Angeles, California to Jewish parents Patsy Noah and Fred Levine, he has one brother, Michael; a stepsister, Julia; and two half siblings, Sam and Lisa. When Levine was seven, he made the winning shot of his local YMCA championship basketball game (on a team his father coached) with seconds left on the clock. He has said that the incident changed his life, gave him the confidence to be successful, and turned him "into an optimist...and a bit of a cocky son of a bitch. I am not sure what this anecdote has anything to do with my musical career. Just one of those things you've got to get out of you. There will be more of this. Keep your ears open, America." Levine attended Frenchwoods Festival of the Performing Arts Camp (Hancock, NY), where he met the original members of the band Kara's Flowers: Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick. He attended Brentwood School in Los Angeles as part of the class of 1997.
As a young person, Levine was a reluctant frontman with "terrible acne." When Levine first began performing he was so shy, he would put his back to the audience. The first time Levine performed was at The Troubadour when he was twelve years old; he was the guitarist for the band Blurred Vision and he sang "Rockin' Robin" as the last song of the set.
Levine first became friends with John Ondrasik from Five For Fighting, who played clarinet in Regis High School Orchestra, while playing together at the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. It was from John Ondrasik that Levine learned the high-pitched vocal style which he would use later in his career. Levine, Madden, Ondrasik and Carmichael played their first show together as Edible Nuns at their Jr. High dance, playing cover versions of nineties favorites such as Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.
As the trio progressed through high school, the drummer left the band. He was replaced by Amy Wood, a friend of one of the current members. She would soon leave the band and again the group was a drummer short, leaving a window of opportunity open for Levine. He would reconnect with Ryan Dusick, who completed the band on drums. He married Sampurna Deebay.
Levine's tattoos consist of triple 2's on his forearm. This signifies the room number of the first studio Maroon 5 recorded in. The paw print is for Frankie, the shark represents his nickname, the city name of Los Angeles his home town on his shoulder. He has a guitar on his forearm, a large tiger on his other. The "x" is the roman numeral for ten which he and jesse got together when SAJ hit platinum it was also their ten year anniversary as a band. The dove and cherry blossoms was something he had done in remembrance of 9/11.