Jesse Carmichael

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Jesse Carmichael
Carmichael at Red Rocks on November 29, 2007
Carmichael at Red Rocks on November 29, 2007
Background information
Birth nameJesse Royal Carmichael
Born (1979-04-02) April 2, 1979 (age 41)
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • Piano
  • keyboards
  • synthesizer
  • guitar
  • programming
  • vocals
Years active1994–present
LabelsJ, A&M/Octone, 222, Interscope
Associated acts

Jesse Royal Carmichael (born April 2, 1979) is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the keyboardist and rhythm guitarist for the pop rock band Maroon 5. Carmichael also has a solo project called 1863.

Life and career[edit]

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]

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

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, on October 10, 2012, he confirmed that he would be returning to the band after they complete their Overexposed Tour (just 3 days later, the first part of the tour ended on October 13, 2012 in Sydney, Australia). He will rejoin in time for the band to record their fifth studio album V (2014).

Personal life[edit]

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

Carmichael is living with his wife and their son.



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Vevey Forever Himself Documentary
2012 Speak to Me in Poetry DJ
2015 Unity Narrator Documentary
2016 A Journey to Guatemala in 360 Himself Also director


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Beverly Hills, 90210 Himself Episode: "Forgive and Forget"
2004 Room Raiders Himself Episode: "Spring Break: Maroon 5"
MTV Cribs Himself Episode: "July 27, 2004"
2008 CSI: NY Himself Episode: "Page Turner"
2011 Top Chef Masters Himself Episode: "I'm with the Band"


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Palm Trees & Power Lines Himself 3 episodes
2018 Sugar Himself Episode: "Maroon 5 surprise a teen for the party of the year."


Year Title Notes
2019 Thrive Short film; also executive producer
TBA No Man's Land Short film


As a solo artist, 1863[edit]

  • EP Four Songs (2012)

As a featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album Artist(s)
"Home" 2010 Ry Cuming Ry Cuming

As a producer[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Jesse Carmichael biography[permanent dead link] at AOL Music
  2. ^ "M5 Newsroom". Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2013.

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