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Happy birthday to Adam Levine, as the Maroon 5 lead singer turns 35 today!

Before he was stealing hearts with his love songs, or toting the title of “People” magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, Adam Levine was just a kid from Los Angeles.

In high school, Levine and his classmates Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick started a band called Kara’s Flowers. By senior year, they’d released their first album, and their single “Soap Disco” appeared on an episode of “Beverley Hills, 90210.” But after no further success, the band broke up and Levine – along with Carmichael – headed to Five Towns College in Long Island, New York.

Both eventually dropped out, and the duo headed back to Los Angeles for another go with Kara’s Flowers, this time with an additional guitarist and a new name. Moving forward as Maroon 5, the group released their debut album “Songs About Jane,” named for Levine’s ex-girlfriend. By 2004, the album went multi-platinum and singles like “She Will Be Loved” and “Sunday Morning” helped the album sell 2.7 million copies by year’s end.

Levine toured exhaustively with Maroon 5 throughout 2004 and into 2005 in support of the LP, and they were ultimately rewarded when they took home a Grammy for Best New Artist and double platinum follow-up album. Three years later, Levine collaborated with his father Fred and launched his own clothing line, 222.

In 2011, Levine became a coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” and he later released the no. 1 “Moves Like Jagger” with fellow coach Christina Aguilera. Maroon 5’s fourth studio album was released in 2012, the same year he extended his talents into acting when he starred in a few episodes of FX’s “American Horror Story: Asylum.

The next year proved to be a successful one, with Levine continuing on with “The Voice,” launching a clothing line with Sears, releasing a self-titled perfume line and being named Sexiest Man Alive by “People.”

Adam Levine may have started his career as just the lead singer of Maroon 5, but now he seems to doing a little bit of everything. If Levine’s past successes are anything to go by, it looks like he’s just getting started. 

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