| The Mighty Adam
Maroon 5’s lead singer, Adam Levine, is after our hearts
Besides having the talented-and-easy-on-the-eyes thing down pat, Maroon 5’s frontman, Adam Levine, has one more box checked: he’s a really nice guy. A really nice guy who has wanted to be in a band for as long as he can remember. “Ever since I was 10 and saw [Mötley Crüe drummer] Tommy Lee getting spun around in a giant drum cage onstage, I thought it was so cool,” he says.
Even cooler is the fact that Levine credits his mom and pop for his musical education—something most rockers would never admit. “My parents schooled us on great music: the Stones, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel. When Nirvana came out, [my family] was all so freaked out and excited about it. It was a revolution.”
A revolution that ended up fuelling the fire for his band’s four-album run, one that has spurred such top-10 gems as “Harder to Breathe” and “This Love.” But don’t expect Levine to be wearing plaid any time soon. His latest look—and sound—is anything but Kurt Cobain–inspired. On the cover of M5’s most recent album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, Levine is clad in black skinny jeans and a grey Yves Saint Laurent jacket that makes him look like a slick rock ’n’ roll high roller (in this photo he’s wearing a blue velvet jacket also by YSL).
Taking on roles while recording is something Levine was born to do. Anyone who has heard his striking duet of “Wild Horses” with Alicia Keys or M5’s new ballad, “Goodnight Goodnight,” can tell you his voice can switch from frosty cool to scorching hot in a matter of notes. Good news is, although M5’s signature lyrics focus on struggling romances (especially on M5’s recent No. 1 hit, “Makes Me Wonder”), Levine eventually wants to find the right woman and settle down—which doesn’t mean he’s willing to sacrifice any spice.
“People underestimate the importance of sex. It is one of the most important things in a relationship,” the playboy candidly admits. “There are two parts—intellectual and sexual—and both have to be there for [a relationship] to survive.” Amen to that!