Jesse Carmichael

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Jesse Carmichael
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Carmichael at Red Rocks, November 2007
Background information
Birth nameJesse Royal Carmichael
Born (1979-04-02) April 2, 1979 (age 39)
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Years active1994–present
Labels J, A&M/Octone, 222, Interscope
Associated acts

Jesse Royal Carmichael (born April 2, 1979) is an American musician and songwriter. He plays the keyboards and rhythm guitar for the pop rock band Maroon 5. Carmichael also has a solo project called 1863.

Pop rock is rock music with a greater emphasis on professional songwriting and recording craft, and less emphasis on attitude. Originating in the 1950s as an alternative to rock and roll, early pop rock was influenced by the beat, arrangements, and style of rock and roll. It may be viewed as a distinct genre field, rather than music that overlaps with pop and rock. The detractors of pop rock often deride it as a slick, commercial product, less authentic than rock music.

Maroon 5 American pop band

Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. It currently consists of lead vocalist Adam Levine, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden, lead guitarist James Valentine, drummer Matt Flynn, keyboardist PJ Morton, and multi-instrumentalist Sam Farrar. Original members Levine, Carmichael, Madden, and drummer Ryan Dusick first came together as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school. After self-releasing their independent album We Like Digging?, the band signed to Reprise Records and released the album The Fourth World in 1997. The album garnered a tepid response, after which the record label dropped the band and the members focused on college.


Life and career

Carmichael was born in Boulder, Colorado, United States. [1] His father, Bob Carmichael, is a photographer, who also takes pictures during Maroon 5's tours. Jesse has a younger sister, Annie. He first started playing the guitar in junior high, rather than the keyboards (for which he is known in the band Maroon 5). Some time later, Carmichael, along with Adam Levine, Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, started a band called Kara's Flowers and signed a recording contract with Reprise Records. In 1997, they released their debut (and only) album, The Fourth World . The album found little success and, after the demise of the group, Carmichael and Levine attended Five Towns College. While in college, Carmichael began to play the keyboards. [1] However, two years later, Levine and Carmichael dropped out and headed back to California. [1]

Boulder, Colorado Home rule municipality in Colorado, United States

Boulder is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Boulder County, Colorado, United States. It is the state's 11th most populous municipality; Boulder is located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,430 feet (1,655 m) above sea level. The city is 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Denver.

Adam Levine American singer-songwriter, actor and record producer

Adam Noah Levine is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He is the lead singer for the pop rock band Maroon 5. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Levine began his musical career in 1994, when he co-founded the band Kara's Flowers, of which he was the lead vocalist and guitarist. The band split up after their only album, The Fourth World, which did not gain popularity. In 2001, the group was reformed – with guitarist James Valentine joining the line-up – and began a new musical chapter, changing their name to Maroon 5. In 2002, the band released their first album, Songs About Jane, which went multi-platinum in the US. Since then, they have released five more albums: It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007), Hands All Over (2010), Overexposed (2012), V (2014), and Red Pill Blues (2017). As part of Maroon 5, Levine has received three Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, and a World Music Award.

Mickey Madden American musician

Michael Allen Madden is an American musician. He is the bassist for the pop rock band Maroon 5.

All of the Kara's Flowers members eventually met up and formed Maroon 5, with the addition of guitarist, James Valentine.

James Valentine (musician) American guitar player

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On March 9, 2012, Carmichael was announced to take a break from playing in Maroon 5, for an undetermined amount of time to focus more on his studies of "music and the healing arts" (spiritual healing). [2] However, two years later (in 2014), he returned to the band in time to record for their fifth studio album, entitled V .

<i>V</i> (Maroon 5 album) 2014 studio album by Maroon 5

V is the fifth studio album by American band Maroon 5. It was released on August 29, 2014, by 222 Records and Interscope Records. V was Maroon 5's first album to be released through Interscope after the band's previous label, A&M Octone Records, transferred them along with most of its artists to Interscope. The album also saw the return of keyboardist/rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist Jesse Carmichael after his absence from recording, touring and promoting Overexposed (2012).

Personal life

Carmichael’s dad, Bob Carmichael is a professional photographer. He joined several tours of Maroon 5 for photography.

Carmichael is living with his wife and their son.


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  2. "M5 Newsroom". Retrieved April 9, 2013.