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James Valentine of Maroon 5

By Ernie Ball

Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, guitarist James Valentine spent most of his early career teaching guitar lessons in his hometown. It wasn’t until a coworker entered him and his band, Square, into the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands that his talent started to gain recognition. After winning the competition in 1999, James made the move to Los Angeles where he would eventually join the LA-based band Kara's Flowers, which would soon become Maroon 5. After a successful debut record and three Grammys later, Maroon 5 has gone on to become one of the most successful names in music today. In this episode, we speak to James about his early years with Maroon 5, how the hit show The Voice impacted his career, and much more. Mentioned in this episode: James' Ernie Ball strings: Electric - Acoustic - , Ernie Ball Music Man Valentine: New Slinkys: Intro Music: Lightning from a Gun by Eat The Wolf

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